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2016

Max Kurzweil – Light and Shade

Belvedere Museum, Vienna, Austria. May 11, 2016 until September 4, 2016

Max Kurzweil’s biography almost reads like the plot of a short story from Vienna in 1900, and his work reflects a passionate temperament. One hundred years after his death and fifty years after the last solo exhibition at the Belvedere presents the show alongside known major works of many unknown or rarely exhibited paintings and prints. The portrait of Therese Bloch-Bauer, the sister portrays Klimt Adele, this is a sensational rediscovery, because the painting is on public display for the first time since 1908th

Munch and Expressionism

The Neue Galerie, New York City, USA. February 18-June 13, 2016

On February 18, 2016, Neue Galerie New York will open “Munch and Expressionism,” an exhibition that examines Edvard Munch’s influence on his German and Austrian contemporaries, as well as their influence upon him. The show will offer a compelling new look at works by the Norwegian artist, whose painting The Scream has become a symbol of modern angst. The Neue Galerie is the sole venue for the exhibition, where it will be on view through June 13, 2016. This exhibition has been organized in partnership with The Munch Museum, Oslo.

The Expressionist Nude

The Neue Galerie, New York City, USA. February 18-June 13, 2016

This exhibition considers the shift in treatment of the human figure in the early twentieth century through a selection of works on paper from Austria and Germany. Traditionally the nude had been presented in an idealized fashion. Proponents of the late nineteenth-century Symbolist movement in Europe were among the first to offer near caricatures of the nude, often imbued with psychological undertones.

Tiffany Art Glass from the Morse Collection

The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park, Florida, USA. Opening February 19, 2016

Tiffany Studios was arguably the most accomplished maker of art glass in the world in its day and undoubtedly one of the best of all time. Introduced to the public in 1893, after years of experimentation, Tiffany art glass was like no other consumers had ever seen. It was a sensation, universally praised, and widely imitated.

ALPHONSE MUCHA: Master of Art Nouveau

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester, VA, USA.  April 22, 2016–  July 31, 2016

Opening in the MSV on April 22, 2016, Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau includes more than 70 original works by the artist many consider the creator of the Art Nouveau style. From 1895 to 1910 Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) was one of the most significant artists in all of Europe. His work became synonymous with the international Art Nouveau style, popularly called “le style Mucha” in Paris. With a focus on the works created during the 1890s, this exhibition shows a creative man exploring possibilities when the emphasis was on defining a new art, fit for the new century. Mucha’s designs for posters, calendars, books and advertising labels circulated widely throughout Europe and America, and his Art Nouveau style dominated visual culture and graphic design for years. Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau includes vintage lithographs, original drawings, paintings, books, advertising ephemera, and more. Works and objects in this exhibition are drawn from the holdings of the Dhawan Collection, Los Angeles, one of the largest and finest collections of Alphonse Mucha’s work in the United States.

Alphonse Mucha

The Complesso del Vittoriano Museum, Rome, Italy. 15 April – 11 September 2016,

The Complesso del Vittoriano is housing a major retrospective on the leading representative of Art Nouveau and one of the most celebrated artists in Europe at the turn of the 20th century: Alphonse Mucha.

Under the aegis of Istituto per la storia del Risorgimento , organized and produced by Arthemisia Group in collaboration with the Mucha Foundation, with the support of the Regione Lazio, the exhibition is bringing a remarkable nucleus of works by the Czech artist to Rome: over 200 masterpieces illustrating the development of Mucha’s career and the maturation of a man who lived in one of the most tumultuous periods of European history.

The grand Roman exhibition, curated by Tomoko Sato, is bringing to Italy many posters, drawings, paintings, decorative works, books and photographs for the first time. Through works such as Gismonda (1894), The Seasons: Summer (1896), Madonna of the Lilies (1905) and Study for ‘The Slav Epic’ cycle No. 14: The Defence of Sziget (c. 1913-14), the exhibition explores six different aspects of the artist’s personality across as many sections: Bohemian in Paris; creator of the Mucha style; cosmopolitan; mystic; patriot; and philosopher-artist.

Alfons Mucha and the Art Nouveau Atmosphere

Palazzo Ducale, Genova, Italy.  April 3 2016 –  September 18, 2016

149 works borrowed from the Richard Fuxa Foundation. The exhibition also includes a wide selection of ceramics, furniture, wrought iron, glass, sculptures and drawings by different artists and manufacturers from Europe.

Judith & Edith

Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, The Netherlands. March 12–June 19 2016.

Gustav Klimt’s gloriously erotic painting Judith I goes on show this spring at the Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. The picture is a top work from Vienna’s Belvedere museum and among the best-known examples of Klimt’s Golden Phase (when he integrated genuine gold leaf into his paintings). “This is a dream come true,” says Gemeentemuseum director, Benno Tempel, “The painting hardly ever leaves Vienna and then only with the express consent of the Austrian Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture.”

 ART NOUVEAU. THE GREAT UTOPIA

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, Hamburg Germany, October 17 2015-  February 7 2016

The Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) would like to dare a quite new approach to the epoch of the Art Nouveau in its exhibition project “Art Nouveau. The Great Utopia”. In contrast to the period about a century ago, when Art Nouveau was le dernier cri, it can be seen today not just as a mere historical stylistic era, but can open up parallels to complex phenomena familiar to visitors from their own experience: scarcity of resources and issues of what materials to use, precarious working conditions and consumer behaviour, the trade-off between ecological and aesthetic considerations in manufacturing processes or the desire for stylishly elegant, prestigious interior furnishings. These are just a few of the aspects which emerge as central motives common to both the reform movement of the years around 1900 and for the decisions facing today’s consumers. The exhibition has therefore been chosen in order to bring out as clearly as possible in this new setting the roots of the ideas and motives which informed Art Nouveau.

WORLD DESIGNS –The Artists’ Colony Darmstadt 1899 – 1914

Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt, Darmstadt Germany. May 6, 2015- February 21, 2016

A comprehensive new presentation of the collection to art nouveau and modernism in the Artists’ Colony Museum. On the basis of works of fine and applied art, as well as models and multimedia presentations the outstanding importance of artists’ colony for the development of architecture, art and design will be presented since 1900

The exhibition illuminates six chronologically significant stations in the period from 1898 to 1914, recall to visitors the wide spectrum of artistic creation of the Darmstadt Artists’ Colony. Here, an emphasis is placed on the four major presentations, which took place at the Mathildenhöhe in the years 1901, 1904, 1908 and 1914.

The Women of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka

BELVERDERE MUSEUM, Vienna, Austria.  Oct 22, 2015-Feb 28, 2016

n the early twentieth century, the traditional relationship between the sexes was challenged by a number of social, economic, and philosophical changes. It was above all the incipient development towards gender equity that provoked vehement counter-arguments.

On the other hand, sexual liberation can be seen as a common goal of men and women, since they both sought to escape the restrictive moral taboos of the nineteenth century. Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka – then the three most outstanding painters of Viennese modernism – approached the subject matter generally referred to as the ‘woman question’ from slightly different, albeit overlapping perspectives. The exhibition will present an in-depth exploration of these differences and similarities. Providing insights into the relationship between the sexes in the early twentieth centuries, the show will elaborate on the origins of a modern sexual identity.

 ART NOUVEAU

MUSEUM FUR KUNST UND GERWERB, Hamburg, Germany. 16 October 2015 – 8 February 2016

The MKG would like to dare a quite new approach to the epoch of the Art Nouveau  in its permanent collection and an accompanying special exhibition. In contrast to the period about a century ago, when Art Nouveau was le dernier cri, it can be seen today not just as a mere historical stylistic era, but can open up parallels to complex phenomena familiar to visitors from their own experience: scarcity of resources and issues of what materials to use, precarious working conditions and consumer behaviour, the trade-off between ecological and aesthetic considerations in manufacturing processes or the desire for stylishly elegant, prestigious interior furnishings.

 

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