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Hans Makart
Der Triumph der Ariadne, 1873-74
Öl auf Leinwand
476 x 784 cm
Belvedere, Wien




The Belvedere will be given over to two large-scale exhibitions dedicated to key fin de siècle painters. A show of around 100 portraits and self-portraits by Egon Schiele premieres on February 17, 2011. The works chart Egon Schiele's artistic development and pay tribute to his exceptional talents as a portraitist. Schiele created a considerable body of works exploring human nature before his tragic early death. The pioneers of Viennese modernism, Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann, are the leading lights in another new show at the Belvedere. The Belvedere owns the largest collection of works by Gustav Klimt and in 2012 will be hanging selected pieces from its holdings, as well as creations from genius architect and designer Josef Hoffmann, to mark the 150th anniversary of the former's birth. Their close working relationship - which included highlights such as the Beethoven Exhibition (1902) at the Secession Building and the Palais Stoclet (1905-1912) in Brussels - set a new benchmark in Europe for the concept of the Gesamtkunstwerk.

Universal artist Hans Makart (1840-1884) provides the inspiration for two exhibitions opening in the Austrian capital in 2011. In his heyday Makart, known as the Malerfürst, enjoyed a level of popularity that put virtually every other 19th century Austrian painter in the shade. His name is not only synonymous with the glitz and glamour of the time; he also had a significant influence on opera and theater of the day, as well as fashion and home interiors. Makart was a bone fide universal artist, an aesthetic pioneer and the most influential designer of the Ringstrasse era. A pair of shows dedicated to his work will open at the Wien Museum at the Künstlerhaus and at the Lower Belvedere on June 18 and 17, 2011 respectively.

On January 28, 2011 selected works by Roy Lichtenstein will go on show together for the first time ever in a special exhibition at the Albertina. Taking his inspiration from advertising and media illustration and comic strips, Lichtenstein created around seventy black and white sketches between 1961 and 1968, striking out in a completely new thematic and stylistic direction.

Feb 17-Jun 13, 2011: Egon Schiele - Porträts und Selbstporträts
Oct 14, 2011-Mar 4, 2012: Gustav Klimt/Josef Hoffmann: Pioniere der Moderne
both at the Lower Belvedere, Rennweg 6, 3rd district,

Jun 18-Oct 16, 2011: Phänomen Makart. Ein Künstler regiert die Stadt
Künstlerhaus, Karlsplatz 5, 1st district

Jun 17-Oct 2, 2011: Hans Makart
Lower Belveder, Rennweg 6, 3rd district

Jan 28-May 15, 2011: Roy Lichtenstein, Black & White
Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1st district


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