THE BODY ELECTRIC

Erwin Osen – Egon Schiele

16.04.2021 – 26.09.2021

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  • Egon Schiele, Erwin Dominik Osen, Nude with Crossed Arms, 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Egon Schiele, Erwin Dominik Osen with Fingertips Touching (“Mime van Osen”), 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Egon Schiele, Semi-Nude (Self-Portrait), 1911 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Egon Schiele, Nude Pregnant Woman, Reclining, 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Egon Schiele, Lying Newborn, 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Egon Schiele, Pregnant Woman with green Stomach, Sitting, 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Egon Schiele, „Mime van Osen“, 1910 © Neue Galerie at Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Photo: Neue Galerie at Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz
  • Egon Schiele, „Moa“, 1911 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Egon Schiele, “Sun Tree”, 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Portrait of a Patient (“Bruno Granichstaedten”), 1915 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Portrait of a Patient (“Kulnik Karl”), 1913 © Barbora and Hans-Gregor Koller, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Portrait of a Patient, 1915 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Portrait of a Patient, 1915 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Portrait of a Patient (“Catamite”), 1915 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Postcard to Egon Schiele, 1913 © Albertina, Vienna, Photo: Albertina, Vienna
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Self-Portrait, 1915 © Helen Emily Davy, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Sitting Semi-Nude (probably the dancer Moa Mandu), 1912 © Private collection NRW, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Studies of Patients, 1915 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Blooming Fuchsia, n. d. © Private collection, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Josef Heu, “Burns and metal and soot impregnation of skin  due from electric shock on May 21, 1917. Garrison Hospital No. 2.”, 1917 © Technisches Museum, Vienna, Photo: Technisches Museum Vienna/Archive © Josef Heu/Technisches Museum Vienna
  • Egon Schiele, Erwin Dominik Osen, Nude with Crossed Arms, 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
    Egon Schiele, Erwin Dominik Osen with Fingertips Touching (“Mime van Osen”), 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
    Egon Schiele, Semi-Nude (Self-Portrait), 1911 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Egon Schiele, Nude Pregnant Woman, Reclining, 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
    Egon Schiele, Lying Newborn, 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
    Egon Schiele, Pregnant Woman with green Stomach, Sitting, 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Egon Schiele, „Mime van Osen“, 1910 © Neue Galerie at Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Photo: Neue Galerie at Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz
    Egon Schiele, „Moa“, 1911 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
    Egon Schiele, “Sun Tree”, 1910 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Portrait of a Patient (“Bruno Granichstaedten”), 1915 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
    Erwin Dominik Osen, Portrait of a Patient (“Kulnik Karl”), 1913 © Barbora and Hans-Gregor Koller, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
    Erwin Dominik Osen, Portrait of a Patient, 1915 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Portrait of a Patient, 1915 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
    Erwin Dominik Osen, Portrait of a Patient (“Catamite”), 1915 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
    Erwin Dominik Osen, Postcard to Egon Schiele, 1913 © Albertina, Vienna, Photo: Albertina, Vienna
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Self-Portrait, 1915 © Helen Emily Davy, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
    Erwin Dominik Osen, Sitting Semi-Nude (probably the dancer Moa Mandu), 1912 © Private collection NRW, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
    Erwin Dominik Osen, Studies of Patients, 1915 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
  • Erwin Dominik Osen, Blooming Fuchsia, n. d. © Private collection, Photo: Leopold Museum, Vienna/Manfred Thumberger
    Josef Heu, “Burns and metal and soot impregnation of skin  due from electric shock on May 21, 1917. Garrison Hospital No. 2.”, 1917 © Technisches Museum, Vienna, Photo: Technisches Museum Vienna/Archive © Josef Heu/Technisches Museum Vienna
  • Exhibition views The Body Electric © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • Exhibition views The Body Electric © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • Exhibition views The Body Electric © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • Exhibition views The Body Electric © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • Exhibition views The Body Electric © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • Exhibition views The Body Electric © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • Exhibition views The Body Electric © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Lisa Rastl
    Exhibition views The Body Electric © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Lisa Rastl
    Exhibition views The Body Electric © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Lisa Rastl
  • Exhibition views The Body Electric © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Lisa Rastl
    Exhibition views The Body Electric © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Lisa Rastl
    Exhibition views The Body Electric © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Photo: Lisa Rastl

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Erwin Dominik Osen als Akt mit überkreuzten Armen, 1910 (Detail) © Leopold Museum, Wien, Foto: Leopold Museum, Wien/Manfred Thumberger

The exhibition The Body Electric: Erwin Osen and Egon Schiele at the Leopold Museum is based on a number of recently discovered drawings by Erwin Osen (1891–1970). These were commissioned by Stefan Jellinek (1871–1968), a doctor active in Vienna until 1939, who placed his scientific emphasis on documenting and researching the dangers and possible medical uses of electricity. During World War I, he headed the neurology department of the 2nd Garrison Hospital on Rennweg, where he applied electrotherapeutic measures, among others, for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorders in soldiers. Osen, who in the spring of 1915 was himself a patient at this medical institution, created some of the drawings during his in-patient treatment there. The hitherto unknown works on paper created by the artist, who was a companion and model to Egon Schiele (1890–1918) and a co-signatory of the Neukunstgruppe's manifesto, serve to broaden and enrich our understanding of Viennese Modernism and its art practice – an art practice that was closely linked to the culture of clinical medicine.

In the exhibition, Osen’s drawings from the Garrison Hospital are juxtaposed with his portraits, executed two years previously, of patients from the psychiatric hospital Am Steinhof as well as with the depictions of pregnant women and newborns Egon Schiele was able to create in 1910 at the 2nd Gynecological Hospital. The medical context is inscribed into all these images, though the questions raised by them about the background of their creation, about gaze and objectification are not limited to them. With this perspectivation, The Body Electric illustrates that, within the context of a “clinical modernism”, seemingly well-known works may be viewed in an entirely new light.

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