Klimt & Schiele at Pushkin Museum, Moscow – until Jan. 14th, 2018

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The first large-scale exhibition of artworks by Klimt and Schiele in Russia will display artworks from the collection of the Albertina Museum (Vienna) will be displayed – 47 drawings by Gustav Klimt and 49 drawings by Egon Schiele. The display at The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts is based on the rich collection of the Albertina museum and gives us a rare opportunity to deeply understand the evolution of both masters, their creative method, and their unique esthetic world.

Russians and travelers to Moscow can enjoy a rare and fragile drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, offering intimate insights into their artistic relationship and differing creative processes.

Vitaly Mishin, the curator of the exhibition said: “I believe that for many Russian visitors this exhibition will open new esthetic horizons. It will expand the usual perception of beauty, expressiveness and, perhaps even the limits of what is permitted in art”. Because most of the works are from nudes and because of the policy of the museum, recommended age of visitors in the Russian museum is +18.

The selection of works shows many facets of the artists, it’s quality and not just quantity. The amount of artworks is not huge when we consider that for example after Gustav Klimt’s death, about 2,500 drawings  that he had not sold, given away or destroyed were found in his studio.

Egon Schiele (1890-1918), together with Oskar Kokoschka, is regarded as the greatest exponent of Austrian Expressionism. During his early years, Schiele felt a keen attraction for the modernist Jugendstil and particularly for the work of Gustav Klimt, whom he had met in 1907. He showed his work to the Viennese public at the Internationale Kunstschau of 1909, where he came into contact with his first and most important patrons, such as the critic Arthur Roessler, whose portraits he later painted.

According to Wikipedia, Gustav Klimt (1862 – 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d’art. Klimt’s primary subject was the female body  and his works are marked by a frank eroticism. In addition to his figurative works, which include allegories and portraits, he painted landscapes. Among the artists of the Vienna Secession, Klimt was the most influenced by Japanese art and its methods.

In around 100 portraits, landscapes, nudes and erotic drawings, prepare to encounter these two icons of Modernism at their most raw and revealing.

The exibit takes places in the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts of Moscow. Check all the info in the Museum webpage by CLICKING HERE.