This summer I started a new series of posts for which I teamed up with the most active instagrammers and contemporary art institutions of Vienna. Explore the magic of the empty museum and see how it looks like when no one is around.
About a month ago we were the first visitors of the Leopold Museum and could witness its life at 8 a.m. I must say that the museum staff was very relaxed about Instagrammers running around barefoot and climbing on windows to take another shot.
We started the tour with the exhibition ‘TRACEY EMIN | EGON SCHIELE. Where I Want to Go’, the first comprehensive exhibition in Vienna featuring more than 80 works by the British artist Tracey Emin (born in 1963), a leading figure of the “Young British Artists”. Tracey Emin, a superstar and enfant terrible of contemporary art, engaged in a fascinating artistic dialogue, as she not only presented her own works but also incorporated a personal selection of drawings by Egon Schiele into the exhibition.
The Leopold Collection is among the most important collections of Austrian Modernism in the world. The more than 5,000 exhibits collected by Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold over five decades were consolidated in 1994 with the assistance of the Republic of Austria and the National Bank of Austria into the Leopold Museum Private Foundation.
The core of the Leopold Collection consists of Austrian art from the first half of the 20th century, including key paintings and drawings by Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, which illustrate the gradual transformation from Jugendstil (Art Nouveau movement in Austria) to Expressionism. The art historical context is provided by chief works of Austrian art from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as by several eminent works of international art. The spacious, light-flooded rooms contain not only paintings and drawings but also valuable crafted objects and furniture from the time of the Wiener Werkstätte, including original pieces by Koloman Moser, Otto Wagner, Josef Hoffmann and Adolf Loos.
The collection also comprises sculptures from Africa and Oceania. These objects served as sources of inspiration to many artists of Classical Modernism. The Leopold Museum is the only museum in Vienna to offer a comprehensive permanent exhibition of the period of »Vienna around 1900« that includes all genres of art, from paintings and graphic works to artisan craftwork.
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