Gustav Klimt: Only in Ottawa Summer 2001
Ottawa, Canada - December 21, 2000
« L'exposition Gustav Klimt, une seule escale à Ottawa à l'été 2001 »
Vienna's vibrant cultural climate at the turn of the 20th century owes much of its fame to Gustav Klimt. As the driving force behind Viennese art nouveau, called Secessionstil, a decorative art movement characterized by colourful and fanciful elements rich with symbolism, Klimt was a painter of beauty, of life, of sensuality, of hope. The National Gallery of Canada has organized a major retrospective, bringing together, for the first time in North America, many of Klimt's greatest masterpieces. Gustav Klimt (1862-1918): Modernism in the Making is an exceptional exhibition of 35 paintings and 90 works on paper and includes his famous portraits, landscapes and allegories. The exhibition is on view from 15 June to 16 September 2001. Ottawa is the only venue.
Gustav Klimt was born in a country suburb of Vienna in 1862. Introduced to art through his father who was a gold engraver, Klimt studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule and enjoyed considerable attention and financial reward for his work at the early stages of his career. By the late 1890s, Klimt's work had become more innovative and imaginative, more decorative and symbolic. This new approach created waves of controversy and harsh public criticism. Klimt became the first President of the Viennese Secession, an artists' organization dedicated to the exhibition of the most progressive modern art of the time, including van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, Rodin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Edvard Munch. The group, under Klimt's leadership, designed and built its own exhibition space and published the art journal Ver sacrum (Sacred Spring).
Gustav Klimt: Modernism in the Making explores Klimt's entire career and is an exhibition of exceptional beauty and depth. To complement the exhibition, the National Gallery of Canada will produce a catalogue, co-published with Abrams, NY, which will be the most comprehensive survey of recent research on the artist to date. As well, an extensive program of lectures, tours, and workshops for all ages will be offered.
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