From June 7 to September 17, 2012 a retrospective at the Leopold Museum will showcase Rudolf Kalvach's highly expressive works. The artist is closely associated with fin-de-siècle Vienna and his works share parallels with the early output of Austrian expressionists Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele. Born in 1883 in Vienna, Rudolf Kalvach moved to Trieste in 1901, but continued to study at the imperial capital's renowned Kunstgewerbeschule. Towards the end of his studies he produced his first postcard designs for the Wiener Werkstätte. In 1909 he formed the Wiener Neukunstgruppe with Egon Schiele and a group of other young artists who had parted company with the Vienna Academy. This new movement aimed to produce a more direct method of artistic expression than anything that had gone before.
In the early 20th century woodcut printing was an important medium, and one aspect of the new show at the Leopold Museum is given over to Kalvach's mastery of this ancient art. Examples include prints depicting scenes at Trieste harbor. A selection of woodcut prints displayed alongside contemporary photographs provide a unique insight into life at the dockside at the time. The Fantastic! Rudolf Kalvach exhibition is curated in close cooperation with the trustees of his estate, which has consented for the majority of his portfolio to go on display to the public for the first time.
Fantastic! Rudolf Kalvach. Vienna and Trieste in 1900
Jun 7-Sep 17, 2012
Museumsplatz 1, MuseumsQuartier, 1070 Vienna