Gustav Klimt. Pictures and Drawnings

09.06.1992 - 12.07.1992

Gustav Klimt is a household name: a classic of the 20th century art and a foremost figure among the artists of the Vienna Secession. Stretched between symbolism and decorativeness, Klimt’s works are among the best recognised pieces that were given birth to around 1900. The exhibition featured paintings, drawings and watercolours, including a copy of the famous “Beethoven Frieze”. The exhibition offered a unique opportunity not only to familiarise the Krakow public with the works of the master, but it also paid tribute to the links between Krakow and the Vienna milieu of the beginning of the 20th century. The most accomplished example and a symbol of these links was the exhibition venue: the Palace of Art erected in the mode of the Secession architecture of Joseph Olbrich and Otto Wagner.

Serge Sabarsky

Among numerous exhibitions organised by the International Cultural Centre, the presentation of some of the finest artists associated with the German and Austrian avant-garde remains of special significance. So far, the prominence has been given to the artists associated with the Vienna Secession, Expressionism and New Reality. Familiarisation with the above-mentioned phenomena is a necessary prerequisite for the proper understanding of various trends present in the world art of the 20th century. Moreover, the exhibitions have provided the Polish artists of the period with a very important international context. In 1992, the International Cultural Centre was involved in the preparation of the European Cultural Month – a series of events related to Krakow being named the European Capital of Culture. A diverse cultural programme entailed numerous exhibitions, including those of Gustav Klimt and George Grosz, as well as theatrical and music performances. In the following years, the International Cultural Centre Gallery proudly exhibited the works of Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele and Emil Nolde, among others. The majority of the International Cultural Centre exhibitions were organised in cooperation with Serge Sabarsky – a world-renowned American collector of art and an expert on German art.

Gustav Klimt

Serge Sabarsky

This album contains 134 reproductions of paintings, drawings, and watercolours by Gustav Klimt, "the king of Wiener Sezession". Foreword written by J. Purchla. Artist's profile by S. Sabarsky.

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