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    At the dawn of the 20th century, Vienna, Austria, was a hotbed of cultural experimentation. Painter Gustav Klimt, composer Gustav Mahler, psychologist Sigmund Freud and other artists and intellectuals were challenging conventions with new theories and expressions. A tiny slice of the Viennese avant-garde is being served up at the Textile Museum, where 50 fabric samples and related objects pay homage to a modern arts-and-crafts group called the Wiener Werkstatte or Vienna Workshop. This spinoff of Klimt's Secession movement aimed to blur the distinctions between fine and applied arts and create a single design aesthetic for an entire room or building.

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  • Gustav Klimt's drawings reveal his "dark secret," he writes, adding that Klimt "was a superb draughtsman in the academic manner, a master of its most rigorous requirements."

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