The Leopold museum celebrates its 10th birthday
Art rebels in the limelight
Housing the world’s biggest and most prominent Egon Schiele-collection, the Leopold Museum welcomes over 350,000 art enthusiasts every year. One decade after opening its gates in 2001, the museum landscape in Vienna cannot be imagined without it anymore.
On Wednesday, 21 September 2011 – exactly 10 years after its grand opening, the Leopold Museum will celebrate its anniversary with a ceremonial act (from 11am on) which is the prelude to three-day celebrations. On Thursday, 22 September 2011, the museum will open its jubilee exhibition “Egon Schiele. Melancholy and Provocation”. On Friday, 23 September 2011, the museum invites the public to an „open house” with free admission. In parallel to the celebrations, the renowned light artist Waltraut Cooper realizes a light installation which has been especially designed for the tenth anniversary of the Leopold Museum.
Waltraut Cooper – cascades of light
Architecture and art coalesce: cascades of blue light pour into the elegant, narrow continuous slot windows on each side of the Leopold Museum from the top to the bottom over the entire facade. Powerful, with unpretentious, clear and secure lines. To ever new rhythms. Fascination and artistic emanation in response to the impressive architecture of the Leopold Museum which is staged in this way.
Melancholy and Provocation
The Egon Schiele Project
23.09.2011 - 30.01.2012
In a density and intensity never seen before, the exhibition is dedicated to the life and work of the expressionist artist Egon Schiele (1890-1918). Based on masterpieces of the Leopold Museum which houses the biggest and most prominent Schiele collection in the world, and complemented by loans of home and foreign museums and private collections, the creative work of the artist who died at the age of only 28 years is visualized in an impressive way. By showing more than 200 paintings and paper works, one can trace Schiele’s way to getting one of the most important European expressionist artists. The subtitle of the exhibition – “The Egon Schiele Project” sounds that the showing is not limited to a historic reflection. Six selected artists from various fields such as visual arts, dance and performance - Rudolf Schwarzkogel, Günther Brus, Elke Krystufek, Franz Graf, Claudia Bosse and Philipp Gehmacher – enter into an exciting dialogue with the work and the personality of the maybe most eccentric artist of the early 20th century.
The Excitement Continues
Contemporary art from the Leopold Collection II
14.10.2011 - 30.01.2012
A comprehensive selection of Austrian and international post-1945 artists from the Leopold collection is presented in this exhibition. The showing presents important works from the private collection of the Leopold family and complements them with an exclusive cross-section of contemporary art from the Leopold Museum. Most works have rarely been exhibited – if ever. Works of important Austrian artists like Alfred Klinkan, Günther Brus, Elke Krystufek or Josef Mikl as well as prominent international artists like Roy Lichtenstein or Mario Merz are presented in the exhibition.