On the occasion of the Leopold Museum’s tenth anniversary, the museum will host a celebratory exhibition dedicated to the life and works of Egon Schiele, presenting the artist’s oeuvre in an unprecedented density and intensity. In order to shed light on this unique artist who died so young, the Leopold Museum, which notably owns the largest Schiele collection in the world, will not only draw from its own extensive inventory of works by the artist, but will also include loaned works from Austrian and foreign collections.
Schiele’s rise to one of the most important exponents of European Expressionism will be impressively illustrated by more than 200 paintings and works on paper. Convinced of its eminent significance, Rudolf Leopold had always championed Schiele’s early period of 1910 to 1915 and was instrumental in raising the artist’s profile around the world. Thanks to original autographs and letters, Schiele’s brief but eventful life will be revealed in an exceptional, authentic and true-to-life manner. Schiele’s work in Vienna, his frequent stays in Český Krumlov and Neulengbach as well as his numerous travels to Germany and Italy will all be examined. His friends, family and close relationships with fellow-artists, collectors and patrons of the arts will be scrutinized equally thoroughly. Another fascinating aspect of the artist’s life to be highlighted is the relationship he had with his models. Undoubtedly the two most important women in his life, his girlfriend Wally Neuzil and his wife Edith will also feature in the presentation. The exhibition will embark upon new paths both in terms of its concept and design and, with the aid of a diverse, media-based presentation, will convey a lasting, unforgettable impression of the artist.
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