Beyond Klimt, New Horizons in Central Europe, 1914-1938
1918 was the year the great masters of Viennese Modernism – Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Koloman Moser, and Otto Wagner – all died. Many consider their deaths to represent the end of an era. And yet art in the Austro-Hungarian Empire’s successor states had already drifted away from their influence and moved on. Artistic creativity in this era was for the most part untouched by the political upheavals both during and after the war. There was an overwhelming desire for the new. In Europe between the wars a generation of artists operated under the premise of an international network traversing the new political and ideological boundaries. A lively exchange of ideas resulted in Constructivist, Expressionist, and Fantastic trends and important cosmopolitan networks of artists emerged. This internationalism was abruptly halted by the outbreak of World War II, and the sense of a shared culture faded, once again, into the background.
Curator: Alexander Klee
An exhibition of the Belvedere, Vienna and the Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels (BOZAR) in cooperation with the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest – Hungarian National Gallery