Exhibition at Fondation Beyeler in Basel Explores Vienna: 1900, Klimt, Schiele and their Times


BASEL.- With the Vienna Secession and Wiener Werkstätte, Vienna around 1900 was one of the cradles of modern art. The Fondation Beyeler is mounting the first comprehensive exhibition ever devoted in Switzerland to this theme, curated by Barbara Steffen. On view will be about 200 paintings, water-colors and drawings, supplemented by architectural models, furniture, textile designs, glass and silver objects, artists posters, and photographs. At the center of our exhibition of Viennese modernism stand the renowned ornamental portraits and landscapes of Gustav Klimt, the expressive figure depictions of Egon Schiele, and the legen-dary erotic drawings of both artists. Presented in addition will be works by the young Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl, and Arnold Schoenberg. Running like a thread through the exhibition is the idea of the gesamtkunstwerk, a leitmotif of the artists, artisans, and architects of the Vienna Secession