SELF-ABANDONMENT AND SELF-ASSERTION
PRESENTATION OF THE EGON SCHIELE COLLECTION
The Leopold Museum is home to the largest and most eminent Schiele collection in the world. It comprises over 40 paintings and approximately 180 works on paper by Egon Schiele (1890–1918).
The presentation of the collection illustrates Schiele’s artistic progression through a chronological hanging of the Leopold Museum’s works. The exhibition starts with the young Schiele and traces his development from being influenced by Gustav Klimt to his radically expressive phase, which was particularly esteemed by Rudolf Leopold, the collector and founder of the Museum, closing with the works from his »late oeuvre« created shortly before Schiele’s untimely death.
Schiele’s paintings are juxtaposed with comprehensive biographical information, quotes and pictures. This presentation makes the artist’s world accessible to visitors in a transparent and coherent manner.
Finally, the juxtaposition with some select sculptuarl works by Wilhelm Lehmbruck, George Minne oder Ivan Meštrović reveals fascinating parallels with Schiele's oeuvre.