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  • Gustav Klimt: Vienna – Japan 1900

    23 April – 10 July 2019
    Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum

    A long-awaited exhibition featuring Gustav Klimt will be held in Tokyo (to tour in Aichi Prefecture after Tokyo), as a centenary commemoration of the artist’s death last year and for this year’s 150th anniversary of diplomacy between Austria and Japan.

    The show will highlight this immensely popular artist’s work, which is best known for the fin-de-siècle eroticism and opulent decorative style.

    Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)

    After studying at Vienna School of Arts and Crafts, Gustav Klimt started a successful career in the field of art and decorative design. Klimt however gradually moved away from the conservatism of the Vienna Artist Association, and in 1897 founded the Vienna Secession group of young artists, to which he served as the first president. Klimt underwent a dramatic change in his style, later dubbed his “Gold Period”, producing sumptuous, gilded paintings.

    Among various influences upon his works, Japanese art was one of the greatest sources of his inspiration.

    Highlight of the Klimt exhibition

    This show will be one of the largest on the artist ever held in Japan, to display a total of 25 of his oil paintings, many of which will come from the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, the world’s largest depository of Klimt’s works.

    The exhibition introduces the evolution from the artist’s early naturalist pieces through masterpieces of his “Gold Period” during the heyday of the Vienna Secession, while also demonstrating – the cherry on the cake – the influences from Japanese art.

    The exhibits include his landscape paintings, gorgeous pieces of femme fatales, and also works of his contemporaries from Vienna and works of Japanese art that influenced Klimt.

    Judith I

    One of the masterpieces from Klimt’s “Gold Period”, sumptuously gilded, representing a woman charged with sensuality.

    クリムト展 東京都美術館
    Judith I
    1901年 油彩、カンヴァス 84×42cm
    ベルヴェデーレ宮オーストリア絵画館 © Belvedere, Vienna, Photo: Johannes Stoll

    The Three Ages of Woman

    The first appearance in Japan, this piece is one of the largest paintings realized by Klimt, symbolizing a life cycle through three women represented in varying stages of life.

    クリムト展 東京都美術館
    The Three Ages of Woman
    1905年 油彩、カンヴァス 171×171cm
    ローマ国立近代美術館 Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Roma

    Beethoven Frieze

    A radical visual rendition of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, in which a story unfolds like a picture scroll. A knight in golden armor sets forth on a journey to happiness. For the exhibition, a most elaborate full-size replica made in 1984 of the original mural (34 meters long, installed at the Vienna Secession building in 1902) will travel to Japan.

    クリムト展 東京都美術館
    クリムト展 東京都美術館
    Beethoven Frieze (details)
    1984年(原寸大複製/オリジナルは1901-1902年) 216×3438㎝
    ベルヴェデーレ宮オーストリア絵画館 © Belvedere, Vienna, Photo: Johannes Stoll

    Other “not-to-miss”

    クリムト展 東京都美術館
    Nuda Veritas
    1899年 油彩、カンヴァス 244×56.5cm
    オーストリア演劇博物館 © KHM-Museumsverband, Theatermuseum Vienna

    クリムト展 東京都美術館
    Lake Attersee (Schloss Kammer am Attersee III)
    1909/1910年 油彩、カンヴァス 110×110cm
    ベルヴェデーレ宮オーストリア絵画館 © Belvedere, Vienna, Photo: Johannes Stoll

    クリムト展 東京都美術館
    Portrait of Helene Klimt
    1898年 油彩、厚紙 59.7×49.9cm
    個人蔵(ベルン美術館寄託) Kunstmuseum Bern, loan from private collection

    クリムト展 東京都美術館
    Portrait of Eugenia Primavesi
    1913/1914年 油彩、カンヴァス 140×85cm

    クリムト展 東京都美術館
    Baby (Cradle)
    1917/1918年 油彩、カンヴァス 110.9×110.4cm
    National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Otto and Franciska Kallir with the help of the Carol and Edwin Gaines

    クリムト展 東京都美術館
    After the Rain (Garden with Chickens in St. Agatha)
    1898年 油彩、カンヴァス 80×40㎝
    ベルヴェデーレ宮オーストリア絵画館 © Belvedere, Vienna, Photo: Johannes Stoll

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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