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Be ready, plan your time to visit an exciting exhibition during the morning, noontime or in the early afternoon hours to the Fine Art Museum in Budapest to  have an insight of the treasures of the Austria History shaped in art by the artist Egon Schiele, who exerted a major influence on early Viennese Expressionism.

June, 26  – September, 29. 2013.

Address, District XIV. 41, Dózsa György Rd.

Opening hours: 10 a.m. – 6 p-.m., seven days a week

Recommended time at the exhibition: 1.5Hs

 The exhibition titled Egon Schiele and His Age will show over fifty works by Schiele. The Leopold Museum in Vienna loaned the majority works from him.  Many may know Egon Schiele was the most outstanding artist of the generation that followed Gustav Klimt. The 70 works contributed to the exhibition from the Leopold Museum Collection in Vienna, boasting with the richest collection of Schiele’s art in the world. The exhibition displays drawings and paintings by Schiele and Kokoschka which are preserved in the Museum of Fine Arts. Furthermore, several pieces are borrowed from private collections.

The exhibition surveys the period in two halls through works arranged around 12 themes.

Visitors to the exhibition will enter into the world of masterpieces, experience a unique overview of the works of the superb painter Scheile’s: Two Girls Embracing and Standing Boy with Hat, as well as Oscar Kokoschka’s work: Veronica’s Veil. Display also the Second Generation of Viennese Modernism, Erotica, and Works of the Final Years the “Self Portrait with Chinese Lantern Plant”, “The Hermits”, “Reclining Female Nude”, “Self-Seer”, ”Portrait of Trude Engel”, “Dead Mother”, “Still Life with Drawings” (Schiele’s Desk), and “ Girl” … The Virgin, also a numerous number of other nudes and erotic depictions of women.

„The bustling cultural life of Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century was still ablaze with the success of the Secession when the new pretenders to the throne made their appearance. These artists – some with a wild and rebellious spirit (Schiele, Kokoschka) and some escaping into a stifling loneliness (Richard Gerstl) – attracted enthusiastic support and vociferous criticism in equal measure, with their works often bearing the influence of their “masters” (Klimt, Moll, Kolo Moser). In this productive period marked by a diverse art scene and rich in artistic discourse the relationship between Vienna and Budapest also flourished, this being clearly demonstrated by the fact that almost exactly one hundred years ago (in 1912 and 1913) Schiele and other Austrian artists – including Gustav Klimt – exhibited their latest works in Hungary’s capital. The present exhibition focuses on Egon Schiele’s relatively short artistic career, spanning a mere ten years, a cross-section of which is provided by more than fifty works. At the tender age of sixteen Schiele already became the youngest student at Vienna’s conservative Academy of Fine Arts but soon left in the company of some other students and founded the Neukunstgruppe (New Art Group). Schiele’s art was inspired by the leading figure of the Secession, Gustav Klimt, and by the guest artists (Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec, Munch) who participated in the exhibitions of his association.  Klimt’s nudes imbued with eroticism – some of which will be displayed at the present show – directly influenced the young artist, who often visited the master’s studio. Schiele’s nudes drawn with tormented lines and anxiety, as well as his small townscapes soon attracted the public’s attention, while the authorities reacted to his indignant, taboo-breaking depictions of men, women and, in some cases, adolescents by imprisoning him for a short time on the charge of displaying indecent drawings. The Neukunstgruppe founded by Schiele was soon joined by the emblematic figure of Austrian art, Oskar Kokoschka, who also features at our exhibition.  Other members of the New Art Group included Albert Paris Gütersloh, Hans Boehler and Anton Faistauer, works by whom are also displayed at our show along with three works – a portrait of a woman and two landscapes – by the most tragic and lonely figure of Viennese Expressionism, Richard Gerstl, who committed suicide at the age of just 25. Additional artists that will bring to life Austrian Expressionism are Anton Kolig, Leopold Blauensteiner, Herbert Boeckl and Max Oppenheimer, all of whom are significant yet scarcely known in Hungary.” Source from the Budapest’s Fine Art Museum.

The exhibition’s curator is art historian Ms. Kata Bodor. The exhibition’s chief sponsor is the Erste Bank. 

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter

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