Leopold Museum Presents Egon Schiele. Melancholy and Provovation

. November 13, 2011 . 0 Comments

The Leopold Museum presents Egon Schiele. Melancholy and Provovation an exhibition on view through 30 January 2012.

On the occasion of its tenth anniversary, the Leopold Museum dedicates its 2011 autumn exhibition to the oeuvre of EgonSchiele. The exhibition’s title “Melancholy and Provocation” refers primarily to the early oeuvre of the artist who died in 1918 when only 28 years of age. For Schiele‘s early chief works, which he created from 1910 when he was only 20 years old, are characterized by a strong sense of melancholy and sadness, but also by his fascination with the unusual and the ecstatic. His first solo exhibition, held at the art salon Miethke in 1911, was dominated by elegiac works, revealing a dark and mystical coloring, a melancholy subject matter as well as the artist’s radically physical manner of self-portrayal.


Egon Schiele, Cardinal and Nun (Caress) Leopold Museum

Many of Schiele’s works created between 1910 and 1914 were subjected to strong publiccriticism. The audiences of his day were especially shocked by Schiele’s provocativenudes whose drastic and direct manner of representation went far beyond the conventions prevalent at the time. Even Schiele‘s colleague Oskar Kokoschka, who was only a few years his senior, did not dare to create renderings of such a provocative nature.

With their often stark proportions and bold colors, Schiele’s depictions of the body representearly masterpieces of Expressionism. In this exhibition, the singularity of theserenderings is highlighted through works by other artists that were either created within Schiele’s artistic environment or are closely related to his depictions in terms of their subject matter. Another emphasis of this exhibition will be on the importance of pose and movement in Egon Schiele’s oeuvre. In his early depictions of his closest friends, including the mime artist Erwin Dom Osen and the dancer Moa, as well as in his own highly original positioning in front of his friend Anton Josef Trčka’s camera, Schiele’s enthusiasm for transforming the human body into a complete work of art can be clearly felt. These themes and the individual artworks to be displayed are being selected under the curatorship of Elisabeth Leopold who is intent on incorporating the views of her husband, the Schiele collector and museum founder Rudolf Leopold, into this exhibition.

Category: Fine Art

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