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Exclusive new art bistro emerges in Houston: $65 just to get in the door

Exclusive new art bistro emerges in Houston: $65 just to get in door

MFAH Koloman Moser October 2013 Schwamme
Koloman Moser, Schwämme (Mushrooms), design no. 4003, 1899, execution: Johann Backhausen & Söhne, Vienna, wool, silk, and cotton, MAK–Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art, Vienna Courtesy of © MAK
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Houston designer Punita Valambhia has created a space inspired by the lines and patterns of Austrian artist Koloman Moser. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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The Monday Cafe Vienna will run through November. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
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Visit the MFAH website for details. Photo courtesy of Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
MFAH exhibit Koloman Moser October 2013 poster
Koloman Moser, Poster for Frommes Kalender, 1899, execution: Albert Berger, Vienna, colored lithograph on paper, Serge Sabarsky Collection, New York Photo by © Hulya Kolabas, New York
Art opening: Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna 1897–1907
Koloman Moser, Armchair, c. 1903, execution: Prag-Rudniker Korbwaren Fabrication, beechwood, painted white; woven cane seat, painted black and white Photo © Neue Galerie New York
MFAH Koloman Moser October 2013  Unknown - Photograph of Koloman Moser
Unknown, Photograph of Koloman Moser, c. 1903, MAK–Austrian Museum for Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Vienna Photo courtesy of © MAK
MFAH Koloman Moser October 2013 Wardrobe
Koloman Moser, Wardrobe from the bedroom of the Eisler von Terramare Apartment, 1902–1903, execution: J. W. Müller, Vienna, maple (formerly stained grey), marquetry of different woods, mother-of-pearl and ivory inlay Photo by © Ernst Ploil, Vienna
MFAH Koloman Moser October 2013 Schwamme
MFAH Koloman Moser October 2013  Special Events 087 furniture
MFAH Koloman Moser October 2013  Special Events 148 crowd
MFAH Koloman Moser October 2013  Special Events 120 tea cups coffee cups on table
MFAH exhibit Koloman Moser October 2013 poster
Art opening: Koloman Moser: Designing Modern Vienna 1897–1907
MFAH Koloman Moser October 2013  Unknown - Photograph of Koloman Moser
MFAH Koloman Moser October 2013 Wardrobe

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is launching a new Cafe Vienna series, doling out rich coffee and miniature sandwiches in a pop-up dining space inspired by the museum's current retrospective on Austrian artist-designer Koloman Moser.

In collaboration with Decorative Center Houston, the MFAH tapped interior designer Punita Valambhia to transform the museum restaurant into a fin-de-siècle European bistro with a contemporary twist. For the next three Mondays, guests can enjoy a small lunch inside the "cafe" followed by private tours of the Moser exhibit . . . all while the building is closed to the public.

"I've tried to evoke the show by concentrating on stripes and geometric patterns, elements that define much of Moser's work," Valambhia tells CultureMap.

"We've taken the silvers and golds and cobalt blues from the show and translated them into the cafe. It's like Koloman is alive and with us today."

A pivotal figure in the proto-modernist Vienna Secession movement (Austria-Hungary's answer to Art Nouveau), Moser would join artist Gustav Klimt and architect Josef Hoffman to create the influential Wiener Werkstätte studios to produce artistically-inspired functional household goods, examples of which are on display in the MFAH exhibition.

Café Vienna will pop up on the lower level of the Beck Building on Oct. 28, Nov. 4 and Nov. 11. Tickets to the event — available on the MFAH website — are $65 each and $55 for MFAH members.