Royal Academy, London Showing until: 3 February 2019
This year marks the centenary of the deaths of two of the most celebrated and pioneering figures of early twentiethcentury art: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918). Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina
Museum, Vienna, will be the first exhibition in the UK to focus on the fundamental importance of drawing for both artists, from the origins of their academic training to their unconventional explorations of the human figure expressed through line. For Klimt and Schiele, two of Austria’s most famous artists, drawing emerged as a highly expressive practice that was ideally suited to new ideas of modernity, subjectivity and the erotic.
The exhibition will comprise around 100 unique works on paper by Klimt and Schiele, including studies for allegorical paintings, portraits and selfportraits, landscapes, erotic nudes and a sketchbook. These rarely loaned works are drawn from the exceptional holdings of the Albertina’s world-renowned collection, and, following the exhibition at the Royal Academy and due to their sensitivity to light, they will not be displayed again for many years to come.
Egon Schiele, Cellist, 1910