Final chance to visit Hundertwasser–Schiele exhibition: DO NOT MISS!

Last dates for eminent exhibition Wednesday, 23rd and Friday, 25th December due to renewed lockdown

Sooner than expected, the coming days will afford the very last opportunity to visit the exhibition Hundertwasser – Schiele. Imagine Tomorrow at the Leopold Museum. The highly popular presentation is forced to close more than two weeks ahead of schedule on 26th December due to the third lockdown to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The exhibition will only be on display for two more days, on Wednesday, 23rd and Friday, 25th December.

“I heartily recommend to all those who have not yet had the opportunity to see the exhibition Hundertwasser – Schiele to do so now. I further invite everyone who has already visited this extraordinary presentation to experience it a second time, as a compilation of works by Hundertwasser and Schiele of this caliber and quality will hardly be possible again. Together with the Hundertwasser Foundation, we have managed to unite top-quality loans from Austrian and international museums, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, as well as from numerous foundations and private collections, and to thus illustrate compelling correspondences between the two artists.” Hans-Peter Wipplinger

20 years after the death of the notable artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser (1928–2000), the Leopold Museum dedicated this exhibitions, conceived as a dialogue and comprising some 200 works, to the artist and his chosen role-model Egon Schiele (1890–1918). Though the two iconic artists never had a chance to meet – Schiele died aged 28, 10 years before Hundertwasser’s birth – their communalities are striking.

In this exhibition, singular examples of Hundertwasser’s oeuvre are juxtaposed with select works by Schiele for the first time. Hundertwasser shaped 20th-century art beyond the borders of Austria as a painter, designer of living spaces and pioneer of the environmental movement. When studying at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, he discovered the art of Viennese Modernism, and Egon Schiele especially would become a central point of reference for the internationally active artist. Schiele’s draftsmanship was more to him than mere inspiration – he propagated Schiele’s art in Paris, and in 1965 the name of his revered role model even appeared in the title of Hundertwasser’s painting 622 Mourning Egon Schiele.

Up until his death, Hundertwasser surrounded himself with reproductions of paintings and drawings by the artist he so admired in his homes in Venice and New Zealand. “Schiele should still be alive. I would tell him wonderful things from my journey,” he noted in his diary. Hundertwasser’s poetical text “I Love Schiele”, written in 1950/51, makes the intensity of his exploration of the Austrian Expressionist’s oeuvre tangible: “I often dream like Schiele, my father, about flowers that are red, and birds and flying fish and gardens in velvet and emerald green and human beings who walk, weeping, in red-yellow and ocean-blue.”

The catalogue accompanying the exhibition Hundertwasser – Schiele. Imagine Tomorrow is available on 23rd and 25th December for the reduced price of 20 Euros instead of 29.90 Euros at the Leopold Museum Shop.

Hundertwasser – Schiele. Imagine Tomorrow
An exhibition in cooperation with the Hundertwasser Non-Profit Private Foundation Vienna. Final dates: 23rd and 25th December 2020.

Opening times:
Wednesday, 23rd December: 10 am to 6 pm
Thursday, 24th December: closed
Friday, 25th December: 10 am to 6 pm

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