Vienna on the Path to Modernism
The 150th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Austria

Portrait of Emilie Flöge

Gustav Klimt, Portrait of Emilie Flöge, 1902, Oil on canvas, 178 x 80 cm
Wien Museum, ©Wien Museum / Foto Peter Kainz

Self-portrait

Egon Schiele, Self-portrait, 1911, Oil on wood, 27.5 x 34 cm
Wien Museum, ©Wien Museum / Foto Peter Kainz

Maria Theresia with Joseph II as a Child

Martin van Meytens, Maria Theresia with Joseph II as a Child, 1744, Oil on canvas, 216.2 x 162.5 cm
Wien Museum, ©Wien Museum / Foto Peter Kainz

Design for the Procession of 1879: The Confectioner

Hans Makart, Design for the Procession of 1879: The Confectioner, 1879, Oil on canvas, 64 x 285.3 cm
Wien Museum, ©Wien Museum / Foto Peter Kainz

Placard for the First Exhibition of the Vienna Secession

Gustav Klimt, Placard for the First Exhibition of the Vienna Secession (Censored Version), 1898, Colored lithograph, 97 x 70 cm
Wien Museum, ©Wien Museum / Foto Peter Kainz

Pallas Athene

Gustav Klimt, Pallas Athene, 1898, Oil on canvas, 75 x 75 cm
Wien Museum, ©Wien Museum / Foto Peter Kainz

Lady in Yellow (Wife of the Artist)

Maximilian Kurzweil, Lady in Yellow (Wife of the Artist), 1899, Oil on laminated wood, 171.5 x 171.5 cm
Wien Museum, ©Wien Museum / Foto Peter Kainz

Replica of Emilie Flöge’s Dress

Replica of Emilie Flöge’s Dress (Based on an Original from 1909), Cotton jersey, silk taffeta, organza, frontal length: 150 cm, rear length: 170 cm; arm length: 63 cm
Wien Museum, ©Wien Museum / Foto Peter Kainz

Brooch

Josef Hoffman, Brooch, 1908-10, Execution: Wiener Werkstätte, Silver, gold foil, agate, amethyst, hematite, jasper, turquoise, moonstone, coral, 4.9 x 4.9 cm
International Friends of Wien Museum, A. P. Collection ©Asenbaum Photo Archive

The Burial of Gustav Mahler

Arnold Schönberg, The Burial of Gustav Mahler, 1911, Oil on Canvas, 43 x 34 cm
Wien Museum, ©Wien Museum / Foto Peter Kainz

Overview

Art movements flourished in the late 19th to early 20th century in Vienna as artists sought new forms of expression that stepped beyond traditional media definitions of painting, sculpture, decorative arts, design and fashion. Through their efforts they began what would become the highly decorative, glittering splendor of a uniquely Viennese cultural form. Major artists emerged in all genres during this fin de siècle period, including painters such as Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), Egon Schiele (1890-1918), and Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), the architect Otto Wagner (1841-1918), Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956), Adolf Loos (1870-1933), and the designer Koloman Moser (1868-1918), heralding a golden age of modern art and design. This flourishing occurred not only in the visual arts, it can also be found in music, psychology and other fields.

This exhibition examines Viennese fin de siècle culture from the vantage point of "the path to modernization," as it experiments with a new type of exhibition. Previous studies have rarely noticed that Viennese fin de siècle culture did not appear out of nowhere. Rather, we can say that various seeds planted in the 18th century blossomed and came to fruition at the end of the 19th century. The enlightenment philosophy of the 18th century reign of Empress Maria Theresia developed during the Biedermeier period, a time that can be seen as the nascence of Viennese modernist culture, and linked to the glittering splendor of late 19th century art movements.

This exhibition unites masterpieces of the second half of the 18th century and the Biedermeier period with works by such major fin de siècle artists as Klimt, Schiele, the Viennese Secessionists, Kokoschka, Otto Wagner, the Wiener Werkstätte and Adolf Loos. The unprecedented gathering of works includes a selection of 74 oil paintings, plus numerous decorative artworks, graphics and textiles. Approximately 400 works will be displayed in Tokyo. Indeed, this exhibition's definitive display will foster an understanding of Vienna's abundant cultural riches.

Date 24 April, 2019 (Wed.) - 5 August (Mon.)
Closed on Tuesdays * Except for 30 April
Opening hours 10:00-18:00
* Fridays and Saturdays, April to June 10:00-20:00
* Fridays and Saturdays, July to August 10:00-21:00
* From April 28(Sun.) to May 2(Thu.) and May 5(Sun.) 10:00-20:00
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan), Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; Wien Museum; The Yomiuri Shimbun
With the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; Austria Embassy Tokyo/ Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo; Vienna Tourist Board
With the special sponsorship of Canon Inc.
With the sponsorship of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
With the cooperation of DNP Art Communications Co., Ltd.; YAMATO GLOBAL LOGISTICS JAPAN CO.,LTD.; Lufthansa Cargo AG
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