Leopold Museum - Gustav Klimt. Artist of the Century

The Leopold Museum is dedicating a comprehensive exhibition to the “artist of the century” Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) during 2018’s commemorative year of Viennese Modernism. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Klimt’s death, the presentation impressively retraces his artistic transformation from a painter espousing late historicism to becoming the most eminent exponent of the Vienna Secession.
Two decades before Gustav Klimt emerged as a battlesome campaigner against the Gründerzeit style and art of historicism with the founding of the Vienna Secession in 1897, he himself had been part of this cultural era informed by academic traditions. An artistic paradigm shift and the development of an individual style became apparent in the mid-1890s, when Klimt created first drafts for the scandalous Faculty Paintings for the ceremonial hall of Vienna University. The Secessionists, who broke with conservative tendencies and paved the way for Jugendstil, made Klimt their first president. With his ornamental-decorative style, Klimt became their most important representative as well as a sought-after portraitist of the ladies of the Viennese bourgeoisie. At the same time, he created highly erotic, symbolistically charged female depictions indebted to ecstasy and sensuality.
GUSTAV KLIMT, The Bride, 1917/18 (unfinished) © Klimt-Foundation, Vienna, Photo: Klimt-Foundation, Vienna, Leihgabe im Belvedere, Vienna
GUSTAV KLIMT, Schönbrunn Landscape, 1916 © Private collection, Graz
GUSTAV KLIMT, The Large Poplar II (Gathering Storm), 1902/1903 © Leopold Museum, Vienna | Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna
GUSTAV KLIMT | Apple Tree II | 1916 © Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris | Photo: PRIMAE – David Bordes

Start date: June 22, 2018
End date: November 4, 2018
Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien
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