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Vienna is celebrating Modernism in 2018, hosting exhibitions and events dedicated to Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Otto Wagner and the artistic movement they inspired around Europe.
One hundred years ago, four of Vienna’s most important Modernist figures passed away: Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner und Koloman Moser. During their time, Vienna was one of the most influential cities both politically and culturally – a place where many prominent artists, philosophers and writers were born or at least spent some time in what was then the Austro-Hungarian capital.
To honour its forefathers, locals and visitors alike will be treated to many exhibitions in 2018 – putting light on Modernism which was on the rise in Vienna and remains ever-present to this day.
Vienna’s Art History Museum, The Kunstistorisches Museum, will install a special 12-metre-high bridge displaying works by Vienna’s most important Modernist painter, Gustav Klimt. This so-called Klimt Bridge, placed prominently along the stairway of the museum between the pillars and arcades, is a unique occasion to enjoy the artist’s early works. Klimt’s Nuda Veritas or “naked truth,” depicting truth as a nude female figure will be on display as part of the antique collection of the museum.
For the 100-year anniversary of Otto Wagner’s death, the Wien Museum will dedicate an exhibition to Vienna’s famous architect. Wagner’s work will be set in perspective to the political and cultural surroundings of the time and the exhibition will include drawings, models, furniture as well as personal items of the artist. The focus will be on how he envisioned Vienna, its architecture and infrastructure.
In this exhibition, the Leopold Museum combines Egon Schiele’s paintings with the poems, photographs and other documents from his life, putting the spotlight on the often-overlooked lyrical talent of the famous painter. Various lesser-known pieces from the extensive collection of the Leopold Museum will be made available to the public.
Klimt, Schiele, Wagner and Moser are often seen as marking the end of an era. But they are not the end, but rather the beginning of new perspectives. The creative awakening in Central Europe is represented with around 80 works by artists including Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, Moser and Egger-Lienz.
The Orangerie in the Lower Belvedere will host the exhibition “Egon Schiele – Pathways to a Collection” from October 19, 2018 to February 17, 2019.