Successful Leopold Museum exhibition on the First World War to close soon

AND YET THERE WAS ART! Austria, 1914–1918,the major exhibition at the Leopold Museum for the World War I centenary year of 2014, is in its final few days.Around 120,000 visitors have seen this presentation so far, which will be open up to and including Monday, 15 September.

Schiele, Egger-Lienz and Kolig: fates shared with millions

The exhibition, curated by Elisabeth Leopold, Stefan Kutzenberger and Ivan Ristić, recognises and represents the fates of millions affected by the First World War by illuminating the war experiences of three outstanding Austrian artists—Egon Schiele, Albin Egger Lienz and Anton Kolig—while also providing an extensive look at their “Great War” creative output.

Smola:650 Austrian artworks shown in Stockholm in 1917 as the hostilities raged on

The Leopold Museum’s Interim Museological Director Franz Smola also called attention to the other focuses of this presentation:“A particularly interesting chapter of the exhibition is devoted to the great 1917 Austrian Art Exhibition in Stockholm, which—on neutral foreign soil, as the hostilities raged on—amounted to a highly successful and up-to-date presentation of Austria’s finest artistic output:under Josef Hoffmann’s curation, over 650 works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Albin Egger-Lienz, Anton Faistauer, Anton Kolig and numerous others were shown.”The exhibition AND YET THERE WAS ART! includes an interesting selection of the works shown back then.

Weinhäupl: A contribution to the analysis of how the First World War influenced art

In the opinion of Leopold Museum Managing Director Peter Weinhäupl, this presentation has been a resounding, twofold success:“The concept of And yet there was Art! has not only been received with great enthusiasm by the domestic and international public, but also represents a significant scholarly contribution to the analysis of the First World War’s effects on the production of art in Austria.The symposium held to accompany the exhibition helped to contextualise it with respect to the other major exhibitions on World War One being held concurrently in Austria.And an event with special tours and free admission, staged to mark the 100th anniversary of Emperor Franz Joseph’s authoring of the portentous manifesto "To My Peoples”, witnessed a widely noted historical meeting between top-ranking Serbian and Austrian diplomats before the original document, with which Austria formulated its ill-fated declaration of war on Serbia.”

Contemporary artists on the theme of war

To round out this presentation of art from the period between 1914 and 1918, notable (World) war (One)-related contributions by contemporary artists including Veronika Dreier, Paola De Pietri, Raluca Popa, Dmitry Gutov, Franz Kapfer, Marko Lulić and Raša Todosijević have been integrated into the overall presentation.

AND YET THERE WAS ART!Catalogue now available at a reduced price!

The catalogue of the exhibition And Yet There Was Art!—edited by Elisabeth Leopold, Peter Weinhäupl, Ivan Ristić and Stefan Kutzenberger, including contributions by Elizabeth Clegg, Elisabeth Leopold, Sonja Niederacher, Carl Kraus, Stefan Kutzenberger, Stephan Pumberger, Ivan Ristić, Uwe M. Schneede and Franz Smola, and published by Brandstätter Verlag—is now available at the Leopold Museum Shop in German and English versions for the special price of € 19.90 (reduced from € 29.90).

The exhibition AND YET THERE WAS ART! –on until 15 September

The exhibition AND YET THERE WAS ART! Austria, 1914–1918 can still be viewed up to and including 15th September 2014 at the Leopold Museum, open Wed., Fri.–Mon. from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Thurs. from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.



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