Picasso and tribal art
Pablo Picasso once said "That's what painting is really about" at the sight of the African masks in the Musée d'Ethnographie in Paris. And members of "Die Brücke" (The Bridge), a group of expressionist artists, took inspiration for the own carvings from the inventories of the museums of ethnology and fitted their studios out as exotic hideaways. The collector and founder of the Leopold Museum, Rudolf Leopold, was of the opinion that the art of so-called "primitive" ethnic groups was a priori expressionist.
It is therefore no wonder that he created a collection of 200 rare ancestor figures, dance masks, weapons and other unusual works of the woodcarving peoples of Africa and Oceania. This inventory is now shown for the first time in the exhibition "Foreign Gods". Juxtaposed against the exhibits are the works of important representatives of the Modern era, such as André Derain, Amedeo Modigliani, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Max Ernst - and even Pablo Picasso.
Foreign Gods. Fascination with Africa and Oceania
23 September 2016 - 9 January 2017
Leopold MuseumMuseumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
- Adults €13
- Museum Pass KHM & Leopold Museum: € 22
- Your benefit with the Vienna Card: 10% off
- Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
- We, 10:00 - 18:00
- Th, 10:00 - 21:00
- Fr - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
- Open daily from June to August.
- no steps (Double swinging doors )
- 10 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
- 89 cm wide and 210 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
- Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
Main entrance, access to all exhibition rooms and restaurant/café: no steps.
6 free parking spaces for visitors with special needs on the premises (access: Burggasse / Volkstheater) with proper identification and 4 parking spaces for visitors with special needs in the parking garage (basement level 2 next to elevator, access: main entrance Museumsplatz).
- Main entrance