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ID VenueNational Gallery
Start Datequarta-feira, 9 de Outubro de 2013
End Datedomingo, 12 de Janeiro de 2014
NameFacing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900
DescriptionThe striking paintings of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka star in this major exhibition which examines the central role portraiture played in Viennese painting around 1900. Vienna 1867 to 1918 – a time of artistic, cultural and social upheaval From 1867 to the end of the First World War in 1918, Vienna was the imperial capital of Austria-Hungary; one of the largest countries in Europe. In times of economic renewal and religious and ethnic tolerance, the city’s burgeoning, multicultural middle class declared its wealth and status through portraits, as well as its political sympathies and artistic tastes. In the years leading up to 1918, portraits often depicted anxiety and alienation, reflecting a rise in conservative, nationalistic and anti-Semitic mass movements and the collapse of the empire. With a view to the modern and an eye on the past, painters such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Richard Gerstl and Oskar Kokoschka – as well as important yet less widely-known artists such as Arnold Schönberg, Broncia Koller and Isidor Kaufmann – produced work that was commemorative yet critical, cautious yet radical. An earlier generation of Viennese painters is represented by Hans Makart and Anton Romako.
Type of eventExhibition

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

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