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 42 paintings and 186 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, closing with the works from his »late oeuvre« created shortly before Schiele’s untimely death. Schiele’s paintings are juxtaposed with biographical information, quotes and pictures. This new presentation makes the artist’s world accessible to visitors in a transparent and coherent manner.
Since all works on paper are highly photosensitive, the drawings, watercolors and prints cannot be permanently exhibited. Aside from special exhibitions, during which works on paper are temporarily displayed, these objects are stored in the museum’s depot and are not constantly accessible to visitors. We apologize for any inconvenience and kindly ask for your understanding. Should you be interested in a specific work on paper, please ask the museum staff if it is currently on display.