Ernst Ludwig Kirchner
From Klimt to Krystufek. A defining aspect of the concept of the collection is Austrian art in its autonomous development, its special forms, its embedding in overall European development, and its relationship to international styles. The exhibition displays an outstanding selection from MdM Salzburg's collection of paintings, which consists of purchases, donations and important permanent loans.
From Klimt to Krystufek
Curated by Eleonora Louis
The Museum der Moderne Salzburg Collection is largely based on works of art from the 20th and 21st centuries, wherein two Leitmotifs constitute the Collection: images of people and landscapes. A defining aspect of the concept of the collection is Austrian art in its autonomous development, its special forms, its embedding in overall European development, and its relationship to international styles.
The exhibition displays an outstanding selection from MdM Salzburg’s collection of paintings, which consists of purchases, donations and important permanent loans. From the art of the turn of the Century to representative contemporary works, connections between a specific Austrian and international art development can be clearly seen.
Two masterpieces distinctly correspond to the two Leitmotifs of the Collection: the sculpture La Figure Volante by Auguste Rodin; as the chronologically oldest work (approx. 1890/91), it can still be classified to the 19th Century, but its modernity points to the 20th Century. And the seldom shown “Litzlberg am Attersee“ (1915) by Gustav Klimt, with which the exhibition is presenting one of the artist’s few landscape paintings. Art from early Austrian Expressionists, including works by Richard Gerstl, Egon Schiele and a young Oskar Kokoschka are juxtaposed against the works of German Expressionists, including Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Erich Heckel and Otto Dix. The late assimilation of Cubism and various abstract tendencies are reflected in the works of Georg Jung. Anton Faistauer, Jean Egger and Herbert Boeckl diversely represent Austrian art with important paintings from the period between the world wars. The special Austrian form of Informel, or informal art, can be seen in a work by Hans Staudacher. Josef Mikl, Peter Pongratz and Jürgen Messensee are representative of the art of the 1960s and 1970s.
The artistic positions of Siegfried Anzinger, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Elke Krystufek, Markus Lüpertz, Hubert Schmalix, etc., attest to internationalization in the fine arts and are proof of the broad format of the MdM Salzburg Collection that extends beyond the borders of Europe.
Image: Gustav Klimt
Opening june 16 2007
Museum der Moderne
Moenchsberg 32 - Salzburg