Vienna 1900 at Leopold Museum

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The Leopold Museum is presenting this spring a totally reconfigured exhibition of Viennese art at the turn of the century. Titled Vienna 1900. This reassembly of core areas of the Leopold Museum’s collection will be curated in an unconventional and surprising manner .

The Jugendstil, Vienna’s Art Nouveau movement, endeavored to encompass all areas of life within a so-called „gesamtkunstwerk” („total work of art”). Its main exponents Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser and Josef Hoffmann are synonymous with the art of the Vienna Secession around 1900. This new presentation of the Leopold Museum’s holdings – complemented by several significant works on loan – features the works from the Vienna Secession together with paintings and prints from Expressionism to the end of the First World War (Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Anton Kolig, Herbert Boeckl and many others) as well as several fascinating examples of Wiener Werkstätte design. Furniture, silver, glass and jewellery are presented together with paintings and graphics, showing what could be termed the most exciting era in the history of Viennese art as a unique aesthetic experience.

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The unconventional manner in which this exhibition covering an entire floor of the museum is set up, opens exciting vistas for those well-versed in the subject and a compact introduction to the theme and the epoch to those new to „Vienna around 1900”. The local public will have the opportunity to rediscover the Leopold Collection’s holdings from the turn of the century.

The curators of the museum also stresses the importance of providing the visitor more information, designing a more attractive exhibition architecture and, if possible, also including new media art in the collection. Th visit to the museum should be just as enjoyable an experience as looking at the artworks. The artworks have been partially put together in the form of installations and the light shafts have been converted into „active areas”, thus integrating them into exhibition’s architecture. Different levels of the building, ramps, partition walls, etc. contribute to a novel experience of the exhibition spaces. The exhibit’s spaces are arranged thematically around the most important artistic inventions from what can be termed as the most fertile era in the history of Austrian art. The Leopold Museum holds a large number of works from this period, to which an entire show has been dedicated, which has been a strong influence for on generations of artists until today.

The exhibition is on level 4, the topmost floor of the museum. Its position offers a splendid visual link to „Vienna around 1900”. The view from the panorama windows – from the Art History Museum to the New Hofburg – put Vienna’s Ringstrasse in an overall context.

In the hart of Europe and civilized world, Vienna continues even though not so directly, to set  the line of art, fashion and etiquette not to mention lifestyle.

leВиенския музей “Леополд” представя нова конфигурация от творби от началто на 20 век, озаглавена “Виена 1900”. Това е един много важен период от историята на Австрия а и Европа като цяло. Виена е била културен център който е оказал влияние на няколко поколения художници включително и съвременни. “Леополд” държи в колекцията си значителен брой произведения от този ключов момент в историята на изкуството и експозицията фокусра именно върху тях.

Юргенстил и ар нуво са течения в изкуството чиито търсения обхващат всички сфери на живота в едно така наречено абсолютно произведение на изкуството. Освен главните преставители Густав Климт, Коломан Мозер и Йозеф Хофман, които са се превърнали в синоними на това какво е Виенския сецесион в периода около 1900, изложбата включва и творби на експресионистите до края на първата светован война. Редом с картините и графиките ще бъдат изложени и няколко добри примера за дизайна от това време: мебели, стъклени съдове и бижута, демонстрирайки това което може да се определи като уникално естетическо изживяване и  най-вълнуващата ера на Виенското изкуство.

Според организаторите на атмосферата която изложбеното пространство създава  е също толкова важно колкото самото разглаждане на творбите, ето защо са настъпили и някои съществени промени в оформлението на музея, като начина на осветление, преградни стени, като цяло архитектурата на изложбеното пространство е променена така , че да бъде толкова приятна както и самите експонати.

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Source: Leopold Museum

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