Two Finest American Private Collections on View Together for First Time
More Than 150 Paintings and Drawings by Master Viennese Expressionist Egon Schiele to Fill the Entire Museum
NEW YORK (August 10, 2005)—On October 21, 2005, Neue Galerie New York opens "Egon Schiele: The Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky Collections," with more than 150 paintings and drawings by the artist on view together for the first time. The exhibition joins the collections of Ronald S. Lauder and the late Serge Sabarsky, who co-founded the Neue Galerie. It will fill all gallery spaces in the museum. "Egon Schiele" is organized by Renée Price, Director of the Neue Galerie. This is the only venue for the exhibition, which will be on view through February 20, 2006.
The exhibition represents the fulfillment of a dream shared by Lauder and Sabarsky, in that it will present the full range of their Schiele holdings. Together their collections comprise the finest gathering of works by Schiele in the United States.
"We are honored to present such an extraordinary group of works by the artist, and it is our hope that this exhibition will provide new inspiration for Schiele lovers everywhere," said Renée Price, Director of Neue Galerie New York. "This art truly transcends the limitations of both time and place."
"I remain as excited about Schiele as I was nearly fifty years ago when I first encountered his work," said Ronald S. Lauder, President of Neue Galerie New York. "The current exhibition provides an opportunity to deepen our understanding of this fascinating and complex artist."
Egon Schiele (1890-1918) was one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century. A superb draftsman and colorist, he created images of startling emotional power. Following the lead of his mentor Gustav Klimt, Schiele created figurative works of uncanny intimacy and brought a new openness to the art of his time. Schiele's death at the age of 28 has added a mythic quality to his artistic achievements.
The exhibition at the Neue Galerie will span the full range of Schiele's oeuvre, including portraits, self-portraits, allegorical compositions, and landscapes. The second-floor galleries will contain several major paintings by the artist; historical materials related to his life; and his earliest works. The third-floor galleries will present a stunning array of drawings created by the artist after his decisive turn toward the development of his own style in 1910. Also, a small gallery on the third floor will be used to screen films on the artist's life, including one narrated by Sabarsky.
The 504-page exhibition catalogue, with essays by Renée Price, Alessandra Comini, Jane Kallir, Thomas Messer, Ronald S. Lauder, Carl Schorske, and others, will be published by Prestel. It includes essays examining the artist's reception history in America and Austria, the censorship of his art during and after his lifetime, and the lost Schiele collections. This publication also traces, for the first time, Schiele's enormous influence on contemporary culture.
Egon Schiele was born June 12, 1890, in Tulln, Austria. After attending school in Krems and Klosterneuburg, he enrolled in the Akademie der Bildenden Künste (Academy of Fine Arts) in Vienna in 1906, where he was the youngest student in his class. In 1907, he met Gustav Klimt, and they began a lifelong friendship. Schiele left the academy in 1909 and founded the dissident Neukunstgruppe. Upon Klimt's invitation, Schiele exhibited at the 1909 Internationale Kunstschau, where he encountered the work of Edvard Munch, Vincent van Gogh, and others. By 1910, Schiele had developed a distinctive personal style and began to work prolifically, producing mostly portraits and self-portraits.
In 1912, Schiele was arrested on charges of immorality. The experience affected him deeply, and during his 24-day imprisonment, he executed a number of poignant watercolors and drawings. Schiele went on to participate in several important group exhibitions before his first solo show in 1913. In 1915, Schiele married Edith Harms and was drafted into the Austrian army. Following his release from service, he continued to develop as an artist, and his solo show at the Vienna Secession of 1918 brought him critical acclaim and financial success at last. He died suddenly on October 31 of that year at the age of 28, a victim of the influenza epidemic that had claimed his wife and their unborn child three days earlier.
This exhibition will be open to the public five days per week: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Note additional open day on Thursday.) Admission is $15 (students and seniors, $10), which includes the use of the audio-tour. (Note new admission fees.) Children under 12 are not admitted and those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
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