The enigmatic Klimt in Brussels
The famous symbolist painter Gustave Klimt died in 1918, taking with him a certain idea of Art Nouveau and the Belle Époque. To mark the 100th anniversary of his death, this autumn BOZAR is presenting a retrospective of his works and those of artists who came after him on the fringes of Bauhaus and constructivism. This is total immersion in the avant-garde of the inter-war period, which represented a real turning point in the history of art.
The end of the First World War and the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire marked the revival of a whole series of artistic developments. The political and economic changes led to artistic migrations as well as new ideas and perspectives. Artists developed new networks, met in artistic centres and through associations and used the press to communicate across political borders. They placed their artistic identity above their nationality. With the "Beyond Klimt" exhibition, BOZAR invites visitors to discover a rapidly changing central Europe through the eyes of Gustav Klimt, Josef Capek, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, László Moholy-Nagy and 75 other artists. They all provide evidence of the impact of creation on the construction of the European identity.
Above all, the "Beyond Klimt" exhibition makes way for distinctive visual features, particularly with "Lines, Planes, Depth", a painting dated 1911 by Kupka. Kupka dedicated himself to something else that was emerging at the time, namely abstraction, in which shapes and colours freed themselves from all external references, gradually letting the painting become the subject of the picture. "Beyond Klimt" is an opening up of the field of visual investigation, which can be seen for example through the works of Hungarian artist László Moholy-Nagy with his progressive, avant-garde works.
Beyond Klimt is first and foremost a unique exhibition that comes directly from beautiful Vienna and can be seen at BOZAR until 20 January 2019. More info on www.bozar.be/en/activities/133869-beyond-klimt.