It's summer, and the art world is certainly not working at full steam. And so, the same way that many people are visiting Hallstatt this year, I thought I might take advantage of the relative lack of tourists and go to the Leopold Museum. (Besides, I had an appetite for paintings in a museum’s surroundings.) If you are from Vienna, you have - most probably - perhaps - a rather ambivalent relationship to the triumvirate Klimt-Schiele-Kokoschka. Nevertheless, it’s not bad to have a look at their pictures from time to time. One has to say it - they are really good! The more or less permanent collection presentation "Wien 1900 – Aufbruch in die Moderne" also endeavours, though, to show works by lesser-known contemporaries (Broncia Koller-Pinell!), to establish connections, and to altogether evoke the spirit of the time with examples from fashion and architecture.
The real reason for my visit, however, was the exhibition "German Expressionism – die Sammlungen Braglia und Johennig", and the hope for a few woodcuts by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. In this regard I was unlucky, but there were a couple of surprisingly humorous paintings by Paul Klee and also some beautiful works by Paula Modersohn-Becker.
The third exhibition "Imagine Tomorrow" is a juxtaposition of Egon Schiele and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. To be honest, I did not expect much. Hundertwasser - the relationship becomes more and more ambivalent (although, of course, this is only and as always about my personal taste!) But then it was interesting to see a development and a broader spectrum of his work, far away from Spittelau and mineral water bottle labels.
So, all those staying in Vienna can easily spend a nice afternoon exploring some of the city's art treasures - without being pushed around by crowds.
Header, 1: Rudolf Jobst, “Die Schwestern Elsa, Grete und Berta Wiesenthal im „Lanner/Schubert“ Walzer”, 1908. Foto: Austrian Archives/Imagno/picturedesk.com
2: Gustav Klimt, “Litzlbergkeller”, 1915/16, Öl auf Leinwand, 110 × 110 cm, Privatsammlung. Foto: Leopold Museum, Wien/Manfred Thumberger
3: Wally Wieselthier, “Bacchantin”, 1919, Keramik, 32 × 22,5 × 19 cm. Leopold PrivatsammlungFoto: Leopold Museum, Wien/Manfred Thumberger
4: Paul Klee, “Kl. Parklandschaft”, 1914, Aquarell auf Papier auf Karton, 8,8 × 8,8 cm. Fondazione Gabriele e Anna Braglia, Lugano. Foto: Christoph Münstermann
5: Paule Modersohn-Becker, “Elsbeth mit Glaskugel im Garten”, um 1902, Öl auf Leinwand, 37,3 × 37,8 cm. Renate und Friedrich Johenning Stiftung. Foto: Linda Inconi-Jansen