Here, Austrian painter and graphic artist Carl Krenek's postcard illustration "Houses in the Snow" from 1912, one of fifteen pictures he created for the Wiener Werkstätte featuring idyllic landscapes and interior scenes. #currentmood#snow#wienerwerkstatte
#beforethefall is accompanied by a superb audio guide with commentary by exhibition curator Olaf Peters and Neue Galerie Director @rrpriceless. Available as a free download via iTunes and Google Play in addition to our complimentary in-house devices! Pictured here, German artist Max Beckmann’s “Paris Society” from 1925, 1931, and 1947.
Plan your #weekahead with a visit to “Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s,” the third in a trilogy of exhibitions curated by Dr. Olaf Peters that highlight the complicated relationship between Austrian and German art and history. Organized thematically with a focus on the individual and society, still-lifes and landscapes by many lesser known artists, #beforethefall looks to reveal how artists registered their countries’ descent into the inferno before WWII.
Now open! “Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art from the 1930s.” Tune in tonight on Facebook for a livestream of curator Olaf Peters’ lecture at 6:30pm. Here, Max Beckmann’s “Bird’s Hell” from 1938, a searing allegory of the German state at the peak of the Nazi’s rise to power. #beforethefall#maxbeckmann
As seen in @archdigest: In a gallery devoted landscapes, a sneak peak of a site-specific installation by artist Michele Oka Doner that interprets the notion of an enormous tree growing from the ceiling. Fashioned from various types of vines, including Climbing Hydrangea, the work carries echoes of a wide range of German and Austrian art, from the enveloping Romantic paintings of Caspar David Friedrich to the eerie, highly charged canvases of artists seen in this gallery such as Hans Adolf Bühler, Rudolf Schlichter, and Franz Sedlacek. “Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s” opens Thursday, March 8. #beforethefall#micheleokadoner
#regram via @neuedesign: Discover the pleasures of spring inside the Neue Galerie Design Shop. Featured here, our peridot facet-cut tall drink glasses by Moser, Yali swizzle sticks, and golden bowls by Augarten, all available in-store and online at shop.neuegalerie.org!
German landscape, still-life, and portrait painter Rudolf Wacker's "Japanese Doll and Poppy" from 1934. Traditionally in painting, the still-life gave artists the opportunity to demonstrate their virtuosity with an emphasis on accurately reproducing textures and capturing light. Still-lifes in the 1930s are sometimes uncanny, seemingly alive, damaged, or even dead. In some cases, therefore, they betray something about their era and at times even embody a political sentiment. Wacker's doll pictures or Puppenbuilder are a series of work that demonstrate a feeling of existential misery that mirrored the political chaos of his time. This painting and a number of other works by Rudolf Wacker (1893-1939) go on view this Thursday, March 8 in the exhibition "Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s." #rudolfwacker#beforethefall
Cellist Yi Qun Xu is a soloist, chamber musician, and member of the esteemed Perlman Music Program. Tonight, Xu performed 'Prayer,' from Jewish Life No. 1' (1924) by Ernest Bloch, a Swiss composer whose music reflects Jewish cultural and liturgical themes as well as European post-Romantic traditions. The performance of this specific arrangement in front of Gustav Klimt's iconic portrait "Adele Bloch-Bauer I" (1907) is significant; in the historical drama "Woman in Gold," the same piece was played by Maria Altmann's father in the scene where he bids a heartrending farewell to his family as the Gestapo knock at their door. #theperlmanmusicprogram#cello#womaningold#gustavklimt
"Rudolph Blümner" (1910), a portrait by the Austrian Expressionist Oskar Kokoschka, born #onthisday in 1886. Kokoschka, a painter, draughtsman, lithographer, and playwright, is best known for his emotionally turbulent landscapes, and searing portraits of subjects often tormented by inner psychic conflict. ⠀⠀
A veteran of WWI and an outspoken opponent of the National Socialists, Kokoschka departed from Germany in 1934 around the time his work was identified as "degenerate" by the Nazi party. ⠀⠀
Historians also often make note of Kokoschka's personal life, which involved a tempestuous and ultimately unsuccessful love affair with Alma Mahler, composer, socialite, and wife of composer Gustav Mahler.
Later paintings by Oskar Kokoschka will soon be on view in the exhibition "Before the Fall: German and Austrian Art of the 1930s," opening Thursday, March 8. #oskarkokoschka
The Design Shop's Scattered Blooms porcelain service, hand-painted by Anna Weatherley with a design by Dagobert Peche, ca. 1913-14. Available in-store and online at shop.neuegalerie.org. #porcelain#tableware#dagobertpeche ⠀