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Klimt / Schiele

Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna

4 November 2018 — 3 February 2019

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See rare and fragile drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, offering intimate insights into their artistic relationship and differing creative processes. This extraordinary collaboration with the Albertina Museum in Vienna marks the centenary of both artists’ deaths.

1918 was a seismic year in Vienna. As the Austro-Hungarian Empire crumbled, an intense period of creative vitality drew to an end with the deaths of two of its foremost artists. One was the preeminent and strikingly modern painter of fin-de-siècle Vienna, Gustav Klimt; the other the young, scandalous and prodigiously talented Egon Schiele.

Nearly 30 years apart in age, both shared a mutual admiration of each other’s talents. Drawing from life was fundamental for them both, from the origins of their academic training to their unconventional depictions of the human body. Yet, their work is decidedly different in appearance and effect: Klimt’s drawings are largely delicate and monochrome, conceived as preparatory studies with sinuous outlines in black charcoal or pencil, while Schiele’s drawings appear boldly expressive, with jagged contours and vibrant colours, often created as independent works. Both artists deployed blunt naturalism, disquieting emotional resonances, and disorienting omissions to challenge conventions and explore new ideas of modernity, subjectivity and the erotic.

Klimt / Schiele: Drawings is a unique opportunity to see some of the 20th century’s most important works on paper – among them Klimt’s sketches for his seminal Beethoven Frieze, and unflinching self-portraits by Schiele – which due to their delicacy will not see the light of day again for many years. In around 100 portraits, allegories, landscapes and erotic nudes, prepare to encounter these two icons of early Modernism at their most raw and revealing.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London and the Albertina Museum, Vienna.

Advance booking recommended
This once-in-a-lifetime show will be extremely popular. For a quieter experience, we recommend visiting between Monday and Wednesday or after 4pm on weekdays.

4 November 2018 — 3 February 2019

The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts

£18 (without donation £16). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA. To ensure the best possible experience, Friends are required to book a free timed ticket for both themselves and their guest.

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