Magazine »Der Ruf« (special edition »War«, November 1912) featuring a 1910 self-portrait by Egon Schiele, 1912 © Private collection

  • EGON SCHIELE, »Reclining Woman«, 1917 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 626
  • ALBIN EGGER-LIENZ, Danse Macabre (version IV), 1915 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 195
  • Albin Egger-Lienz, Finale, 1918 © Collection Leopold II
  • ALBIN EGGER-LIENZ, Northern France 1917, 1917 © Private collection
  • Anton Feistauer, Poster advertising the »Österrikisk Konstutställning« at the Liljevalchs Konsthall, Stockholm 1917 © Leopold Collection II
  • ANTON FAISTAUER, Woman with a Dark Hat, 1917 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 112
  • ANTON KOLIG, Portrait of Berta Zuckerkandl, 1915 © Wien Museum / Bildrecht, Vienna 2014
  • Hans Böhler, Piazza Bra in Verona, 1914 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 702
  • Anton Kolig, Captain Boleslavski, 1916 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 171 © Bildrecht, Vienna, 2014
  • ANTON KOLIG, Landscape with Ruins, c. 1917 © Private collection / Bildrecht, Vienna 2014
  • Dmitry Gutov, View the Bourgeoisie through Lenin’s Eyes, 2007 © Private collection
  • EGON SCHIELE, Levitation (»The Blind« II), 1915 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 467
  • EGON SCHIELE, Packing Room, 1917 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 1416
  • EGON SCHIELE, »Blind Mother«, 1914 © Leopold Museum, Vienna, Inv. 483
  • Franz Kapfer, »For God, Emperor and Homeland«, 2009 © Verein Tiroler Landesmuseum Ferdinandeum, Innsbruck
  • Gustav Klimt, Standing Female Nude with Tilted Head. Study for »Adam and Eve«, c. 1917 © Leopold Museum, Wien, Inv. 1321
  • Hans Strohofer, Caricature with Three Kings (from left to right: Nicholas of Montenegro, Peter of Serbia, Victor Emmanuel of Italy) © Leopold Collection II
  • Herbert Boeckl, Portrait of a Soldier, 1917 © Private collection © Herbert Boeckl-Nachlass, Wien
  • John Quincy Adams, Poster for the war exhibition of the Imperial and Royal Kriegspressequartier in Graz © ÖNB, Wien / Vienna, Inv. KS 16305093
  • Koloman Moser, Lovers, c. 1914 © Collection Leopold II
  • Oskar Kokoschka, The Principle (»Liberté, Egalité, Fratricide«), 1918 © Leopold Museum, Wien, Inv. 2441 © Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • Oskar Kokoschka, Fortuna, 1915 © Private collection © Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • Oskar Kokoschka, Projecting Weapon in Covered Position, 1916 © Schwarze Kreide, Farbkreide auf Papier, 32,2 × 48,2 cm / Black chalk, colored chalk on paper Leopold Museum, Wien, Inv. 4674 © Fondation Oskar Kokoschka/Bildrecht, Wien 2014
  • Paola De Pietri, Monte Fior (from the series To Face), 2009-2011 © Courtesy Paola De Pietri/Alberto Peola, Turin/Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, Paris
  • Postcard series: »The Warrior‘s Dream«, postcard to Josef Ungericht © Andreas Gamper, Village Tyrol
  • Rasa Todosijević, »God Loves the Serbs«, 2013 © Private collection
  • Raluca Popa, Male Nude (from the series »The Sublime Trip«), 2011 © Private collection
  • Veronika Dreier, Carpet (detail), 1994 © Veronika Dreier, Graz/Kulturamt der Stadt Graz
  • Paola de Pietri © Leopold Museum, Wien
  • Raluca Popa © Leopold Museum, Wien
  • Veronika Dreier © Leopold Museum, Wien
  • Marko Lulic, Scripture installation "Sarajevo '84" © Leopold Museum, Wien

And yet there was art!

Austria 1914–1918

9th of May to 15th of September 2014

The assassination of the Austrian heir to the throne, Archduke Franz Ferdinand, on the 28th of June 1914 in Sarajevo was the fatal trigger of World War I. One hundred years later on, the Leopold Museum is dedicating a comprehensive exhibition to the fate of Austrian artists who were active between 1914 and 1918.

The war experiences of Egon Schiele, Albin Egger-Lienz and Anton Kolig provide the starting point for the exhibition. »I am a soldier now and have just lived through the hardest 14 days of my life« Schiele wrote in 1915. During his military service he painted Russian prisoners of war as well as his superiors. Anton Kolig reported from the war zone in 1916: »I am painting in great distress«. Albin Egger-Lienz, meanwhile, pondered the »unyielding stride of eternal fate« on the Italian frontline. While war painters depicted the horrors of war, large-scale art exhibitions were organized in Austria and in neutral countries abroad. Even at the height of the war, Kolo Moser painted works of intense coloring. At the same time, Gustav Klimt worked on his female portraits, allegories and late Attersee landscapes. When Klimt died in February 1918, Schiele drew the artist on his deathbed. In October of the same year he captured his fatally ill wife Edith. Both succumbed that same month – shortly before the end of the war – to the Spanish Flu.

Selected works by contemporary artists from Italy, Romania, Russia and Serbia – the countries that Austria-Hungary fought on the frontlines during World War I – create a connection to the present. Presented in the exhibition are 200 works, 40 of which hail from the collection of the Leopold Museum, 30 from the Leopold Collection II and 130 from public and private Austrian and international lenders. The historical objects are complemented by contemporary art interventions.

Elisabeth Leopold, Ivan Ristić, Stefan Kutzenberger


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