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Secretive self-portraits

Self-portraits have a fixed place in art history. They have fascinated and amazed their observers for centuries. From the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century, they stood above all for beauty and recognizability. During the Modernism period around the turn of the previous century, all that underwent fundamental change. The presentation of the individual and his or her inner being have played a central role ever since. The self-portraits by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) that we know of are a radical departure from the cult of beauty of the Vienna Secession of the Fin de Siècle.

Twenty-one of his important body and self-portraits are the starting point of the new exhibition "Schiele and his Legacy" at the Albertina modern. Schiele's works are shown in relationship to self-portraits of the generations of artists that followed.

Still influencing today

The way in which Expressionism icon Egon Schiele once completely redefined body language, gestures, and facial expressions was groundbreaking and pioneering all at once. And that significantly influenced artists who came after him. In the exhibition of over 130 works, Schiele is juxtaposed with nine artists of the present day: Georg Baselitz, Günter Brus, Jim Dine, VALIE EXPORT, Elke Krystufek, Maria Lassnig, Arnulf Rainer, Cindy Sherman, Karin Mack, Adriana Czernin, Eva Schlegel, and Erwin Wurm. The result? A secretive trip to oneself ...

Schiele and his Legacy

September 10, 2021 - January 23, 2022

Albertina modern

Karlsplatz 5
1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -25%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 12€

  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • (135 cm wide)
        platform lift, automatic swing door
    • Elevator available
      • Door 110 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      A wheelchair will be provided for the duration of the visit to the exhibition (4 wheelchairs on the ground floor, 1 wheelchair available in the basement)

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