“Klimt. The man, the artist, his world“Will be hosted from 12 April 2022at the spaces of the Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery and XNL – Piacenza Contemporanea. A large exhibition dedicated to the master of the Viennese Secession and to his world, with over 160 works.
In the spaces of the Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery and of the XNL – Piacenza Contemporanea, on 12 April 2022, until 24 July 2022, the exhibition “Klimt. The man, the artist, his world”The story of one of the most exciting periods in the history of art of the early 1900s seen through the life, the creative path and the collaborations of the father of the Viennese Secession: Gustav Klimt.
Over 160 worksamong paintings, sculpture, graphics, decorative art artifacts from 20 prestigious collectionspublic and private, including the Belvedere and the Klimt Foundation of Vienna, Ca ‘Pesaro-International Gallery of Modern Art in VeniceThe Lentos Kunstmuseum in LinzThe Tiroler Landesmuseum in InnsbruckThe Vienna Museum and many others. The exhibition makes use of a scientific Committee composed of Gabriella Belli, Fernando Mazzocca, Lucia Pini, Elena Pontiggia, Franz Smola, Valerio Terraroli, Alessandra Tiddia And Sandra Tretter.
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The exhibition, curated by Gabriella Belli and Elena Pontiggiawith the scientific coordination of Lucia Pinidirector of the Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallery in Piacenza and the collaboration of Valerio Terraroli And Alessandra Tiddiawants to celebrate the “homecoming” of the “Portrait of a lady“(1916-17) by Klimt – painting disappeared in 1997 from the Ricci Oddi Gallery then fortunately found in 2019.
Klimt. The man, the artist, his world is an exhibition promoted by Municipality of Piacenza and from Ricci Oddi Modern Art Gallerywith the collaboration of Belvederefrom the Klimt Foundation and XNL – Piacenza Contemporanea and sees the contribution of Emilia Romagna regionfrom the Piacenza and Vigevano Foundationfrom the Piacenza Chamber of CommerceOf Confindustria Piacenza and Crédit Agricole, Generali Valore Cultura, Iren, Fornaroli Polymers and Steriltomwith the support of Art projects. The exhibition is produced and organized by Artemisia.
Klimt. The man, the artist, his world: the path and the themes
The exhibition itinerary starts from climate of European symbolismfrom which Klimt takes his moves with engravings and emblematic drawings by Klinger, Redon, Munch, Ensor, Khnopff, the famous Medusa by von Stuck and sculptures by Minne and Klinger himself to then emblematic visitors in the world of Klimt, with his first works and his first companions: brothers Georg and Ernst, and friend Franz Matsch.
We then enter the story of the painter through the Viennese Secession he founded with 17 other artists in 1897 in protest towards official art. The “Portrait of Josef Pembaur” (1890), Klimt’s masterpiece that heralds his “golden season“Presents works such as” the Lady with a cloak and hat on a red background “(1897-1898),” Lady in front of the fireplace “(1897-1898),” After the rain “(1898),” Le amici I “(Le sisters) of 1907, the “Portrait of Amalie Zuckerkandl” (1913-1914), “the Portrait of a Lady in White” (1917-1918).
An entire section of the exhibition is dedicated to the “Portrait of a Lady ”of the Ricci Oddi Gallery in Piacenza and the story of her adventurous events. The world of the Wiener Werkstätte, the decorative art workshops founded in Vienna by Josef Hoffmann and Kolo Moser in 1903 is documented through furniture, silver, glass and ceramics.
They are also exposed i Posters of the Secession, including that of Klimt “Theseus and the Minotaur” (1898), which at the time caused a scandal (present in the two versions, the initial one and the censored one) and magazines such as “Ver Sacrum”. A choice of drawings and engravings by Schiele And Kokoschkaincluding the fairytale series of “Dreamy Boys” (1908-1909), a fundamental work of the author’s youth season, so remember the youngest generation of Austrian artists that from Klimt took the moves.
The path is also enriched by an important section dedicated to Italian artists who are inspired by Klimtwith extraordinary works such as the sculpture “Sogno del pomegranate” (1912-1913) by Felice Casorati, again exhibited after more than thirty years, the marble and gold sculpture “Proud character and gentle soul” (1912) by Adolfo Wildt and fascinating cycle “The Thousand and One Nights” (1914) by Vittorio Zecchin.
The exhibition closes with the reconstruction of the monumental “Beethoven Frieze” (copy of 2019 of the original of 1901) thus reserving for visitors an experience of great suggestion.
Catalog of the exhibition is published by Skira (contributions by Gabriella Belli, Elisabetta Barisoni, Eva Di Stefano, Lucia Pini, Elena Pontiggia, Franz Smola, Valerio Terraroli, Alessandra Tiddia, Sandra Tretter, Giuseppe Virelli).
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