Viennese Modernism and the Jewels of the Czech Republic

In celebration of the Centenary of the Vienna Secession, the Friends of Hong Kong Museum of Art invite you to join us on an intimate interlude to explore Viennese Modernism and the jewels of the Czech Republic.

The highlights of our trip will be:
The Centenary of the Vienna Secession, which in 2018 celebrates the lives and works of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner and Koloman Moser, four of the most important protagonists of the Vienna Secession, an artistic and intellectual movement that gave birth to the Modern World. For this special occasion, Vienna is hosting a record number of landmark exhibitions on these four great artists and their time. What we will concentrate on are in depth studies of the special Klimt and Schiele exhibitions at the Belvedere and the Leopold Museums, with special experts taking us through them in detail.

As one of the most important founders of the Vienna Secession in 1897, Gustav Klimt is also remembered as one of the greatest decorative painters of the 20th century, while producing one of the most significant bodies of erotic art. His work has consistently been regarded as highly personal, singular and unique, even to today.

With his signature graphic style, embrace of figural distortion, and bold defiance of conventional norms of beauty, Egon Schiele was one of the leading figures of Austrian Expressionism. The emotionally intense, often unsettling Expressionist idiom Schiele eventually developed, with its investigation of his sitters’ inner life and emotional states, offers an opposing contrast to Klimt’s style of preferring a more brilliant palette and glimmering, patterned surfaces.

Koloman Moser, the universal artist is one of the most prolific creators in the Wiener Werkstätte, which was built on tradition quality workmanship of the Biedermeier period with the distinctly avant-garde aesthetics of 1900’s Vienna. This movement emphasized the creation of the Gesamtkunstwerk, or “total work of art” that sought to create a unified aesthetic across an entire designed environment, and catering to a particularly sophisticated clientele.

Otto Wagner holds the key to Viennese Modernist and Art Nouveau architecture. He catapulted fin de siècle Vienna into the 20th century by celebrating the beauty of simplicity. The buildings he designed determined the appearance of the capital of the Empire with self-confidence and distinctiveness.

Villa Tugendhat, regarded by some as the original “glass house”, is the study of the early genius of a genius. It is a masterpiece of engineering and design. To this day, the use of space and materials remain stunningly modern, simple and sophisticated.

We will receive personal welcome of Count Hoyos to his warm and beautiful residences, which is our base from which to explore Cesky Krumlov, a UNESCO World heritage Site as well as one of the most charming baroque towns in Central Europe, and the fairy tale castles of Moravia, the “garden of Europe” and old stomping grounds of the nobilities of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

 

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