The canapé ... is my pleasure

Curation und exhibition design
vorarlberg museum Atrium
Bregenz/Austria, 2023/2024

11th of November 2023 till 4th of February 2024

Heike Schlauch raumhochrosen

How did bourgeois furniture from the metropolises of the 1820-1840s end up in the farmhouse parlour of the Bregenzerwald?
This question is as fascinating as it is unanswered. We will shed some light on this in the exhibition starting next November!

The idea for the exhibition came up many years ago when Johannes Mohr told us about his many restored canapés from the Bregenzerwald, all of which were dated between 1820 and 1840. The vorarlberg museum was inspired by the theme of Biedermeier sofas and so we are particularly pleased to be currently working on the exhibition with Dr Theresia Anwander, museum of Vorarlberg and graphic designer Cornelia Flatz.

Canapés from the Biedermeier period can still be found in some Bregenzerwald parlours. The material, construction method and formal language are typical of the bourgeois furniture design of the early 19th century. The exhibition shows their diversity in form with the same construction principle by means of restored original sofas from the workshop of Johannes Mohr. But how did the exquisite furniture of that time come from the urban environment to the remote valley? This question has not yet been conclusively answered…

Curation: Dr. Theresia Anwander, vorarlberg museum und Heike Schlauch

Restoration, cooperation partner: Mohr Polster, Johannes Mohr

Grafic Design: Cornelia Flatz

Photography: Adolf Bereuter

Adolf Bereuter