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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 365

Max Reinhardt collection of Viennese costume designs


Costume designs in watercolor, ink, and pencil by various designers; many are from productions at the Vienna Burgtheater and the Vienna State Opera House.


  • Creation: 1890-1935


2.25 linear feet (10 volumes)

Collection of costume designs formerly in the possession of Max Reinhardt. Ten volumes containing 1200 costume designs in watercolor, ink, and pencil, by various designers, including Heinrich Lefler, Alfred Roller, O. F. Werndorff, Karl Alexander Wilke, Ladislas Czettel, and Ada Nigrin. The designs are grouped according to production, many of which appear to be from the Vienna Burgtheater and the Vienna State Opera House, ca. 1890-ca. 1935. A number of the productions are associated with Hugo Thimig, Reinhardt's father-in-law, actor and director of the Burgtheater, 1912-1917. Many of the designs were executed under the auspices of the Österreichisches Kostüm-Atelier and the Werkstätte für dekorative Kunst.

Biographical / Historical

Austrian-Jewish actor, manager and director, Reinhardt was a creative innovator in scenery and staging. He produced plays and spectacles in Germany, Austria, England, and the U.S., and founded the Salzburg Festival in 1920.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition


Gift of Frederick R. Koch, 825 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10021; received: 1981 Dec. 23.

Reinhardt, Max, 1873-1943, collector. Max Reinhardt collection of Viennese costume designs: Guide.
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