100th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions of Schiele start a year early

Timeless Travels Magazine - - ART ROUNDUP -

Al­bertina, Vi­enna Show­ing un­til: 18 June 2017

2018 marks the 100-year an­niver­sary of the death of Egon Schiele, of­ten de­scribed as the ‘en­fant ter­ri­ble’ of clas­sic modernism, with his nu­mer­ous self-por­traits, stark de­pic­tions of nude women and his self-im­age as an artist. The Al­bertina is get­ting ahead of this an­niver­sary with a com­pre­hen­sive ex­hi­bi­tion this year as well as next.

Egon Schiele is one of the most sig­nif­i­cant vis­ual artists of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury. His works are provoca­tive, melan­choly, highly sub­jec­tive and al­le­gor­i­cal all at once, and he only reached the age of 28. And yet, de­spite his short life-span and a barely more than ten-year-long phase of artis­tic cre­ativ­ity, he suc­ceeded in leav­ing be­hind an as­ton­ish­ingly large body of work. It in­cludes more than 2,500 works on pa­per and over 330 paint­ings on wood or can­vas – not count­ing his nu­mer­ous sketch­books.

Schiele, who was born in 1890 as the child of a rail­way of­fi­cial who worked at the sta­tion Tulln on the Danube, is con­sid­ered one of the pi­o­neers of modernism in Aus­tria with Klimt and Kokoschka. To Schiele, the chasm be­tween men and women seemed in­sur­mount­able and slowly trans­forms into an al­le­gory of an en­counter be­tween life and death. Although his works were per­ceived as merely provoca­tive dur­ing his time, caus­ing quite a stir, they are now in­ter­preted as pieces of deep melan­choly and mourn­ing as well as a fas­ci­na­tion with the un­usual.

The Al­bertina owns one of the largest col­lec­tions of Schiele’s works in the world and the ex­hi­bi­tion, Egon

Schiele, is rounded out by im­por­tant in­di­vid­ual loans from Aus­trian and in­ter­na­tional col­lec­tions and mu­se­ums.

Egon Schiele, Self Por­trait in orange cloak, 1913

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