Viennese Modernism is being celebrated in the Austrian capital this year. The cultural movement, which had a tremendous impact on art and design, among many other fields, lost four of its main beacons 100 years ago in 1918: the painters Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, the artist Koloman Moser and the architect Otto Wagner. Drawing on its extensive collection of Viennese art from around 1900, the Leopold Museum in Vienna is paying tribute to Viennese Modernism by staging a breathtaking exhibit of masterpieces by four legendary Austrian painters: Klimt, Moser, Richard Gerstl and Oskar Kokoschka, enhanced with a variety of Viennese artwork from the same period. The show covers the artistic revolution that transformed Vienna at the dawn of the 20th century, while also recreating the artistic spirit of the day.
Titled “Vienna 1900: Klimt – Moser – Gerstl – Kokoschka,” the exhibit highlights iconic works like Klimt’s “Death and Life,” Moser’s “Venus in the Grotto” and Gerstl’s “Semi-Nude Self-Portrait,” among dozens of others, plus outstanding furniture, posters and artisan craftwork. The Leopold Museum has one of the world’s largest collections of Viennese art masterpieces created circa 1900, and as such it is perhaps the best place in the world to experience the artistic power of that bygone era.
“Vienna 1900: Klimt – Moser – Gerstl – Kokoschka” is on view until June 10 at the Leopold Museum in Vienna.
Featured image: “Death and Life” by Gustav Klimt, 1915-16