Three Blue Macaws

Space for the imagination

Vienna around 1900. The capital city is developing into an avant-garde school of thought that consciously seeks to break with tradition - away from the historicism of the monarchy towards a new objectivity. Notable Secession members such as Carl Moll, Koloman Moser and Maximilian Kurzweil dedicate themselves to the colored woodcut at this time. They are thrilled by the technical and formal possibilities, while the traditional printing method leaves them lots of space for the imagination. In its new exhibition "The colored woodcut in Vienna around 1900", the Albertina focuses on this so far little noticed chapter of Viennese Art Nouveau and documents the heyday of this printing technique in the Habsburg monarchy with around 100 works from its own collection.

A separate area in the show is dedicated to each artist: from Carl Moll's well-know cityscapes and Koloman Moser's extensively stylized print to original printing blocks by Maximilian Kurzweil and the self-conscious female figures by Carl Anton Reichel. The colorful and perfectly shaped representations of animals and experimental template-based spatter works by Ludwig Heinrich Jungnickel are at the heart of the exhibition.

The colored woodcut in Vienna around 1900

19 October 2016 - 15 January 2017

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