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Oskar Kokoschka His Prints in the Context of Its Time

10 November, 2018

Oskar Kokoschka

Encompassing over five-hundred works, the printed oeuvre of Oskar Kokoschka (1886 Pöchlarn, AT—1980 Montreux, CH) is a centerpiece of the collections of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.

Save for a few exceptions, the museum has a complete set of Oscar Kokoschka’s prints.

Oscar Kokoschka: his works, after many years in storage, will be on display in a comprehensive exhibition at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, the first such presentation to place the various cycles in their socio-political contexts in history.

“One objective I have pursued since taking the helm at the museum has been a thorough scholarly review of its collections in conjunction with an innovative exhibition program. The museum’s strong popular appeal—last year, more than 115,000 visitors came to see our presentations—suggests that my program and efforts to put it on the map have been successful. The upcoming Kokoschka exhibition project is a vital next step in this direction,” highlights Sabine Breitwieser, director of Museum der Moderne Salzburg.

The exhibition Oskar Kokoschka. His Prints in the Context of Its Time traces an arc from the controversial early works across the portraits from the artist’s time in Dresden to his late oeuvre, which speaks to his admiration for Greek art and culture.

Time and again, Kokoschka’s works show him grappling with the history he witnesses, including several turning points we commemorate in 2018.

With Egon Schiele, Kokoschka is widely regarded as a founder and leading exponent of https://www.huma3.com/event/toulouse-lautrec-cheret-mucha-klimt-schiele-and-kokoschka-affichomanie/.

“Rebelling against the aesthetic of art nouveau, the dominant school in turn-of-the-century Vienna, Kokoschka developed an expressive visual idiom that allowed him to capture the anxieties and inner turmoil of the time,” Barbara Herzog, curator of the exhibition, explains.

During his time in exile in Great Britain, Kokoschka also had a formative influence on the young Georg Eisler, whose retrospective—likewise based on a sizable ensemble in the museum’s collections, enlarged by a recent donation—is on view at the Rupertinum through 8 April 2018.


Top Image: Oskar Kokoschka Pietà. 1909 Poster for the Internationale Kunstschau Wien, Color lithograph, Museum der Moderne Salzburg © Fondation Oskar Kokoschka / Bildrecht, Vienna, 2018, Photo: Hubert Auer


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