Schiele and his Legacy

Until 20 March 2022

Egon Schiele | Self-Portrait with Eyelid Pulled Down, 1910 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna
Egon Schiele | Selbstbildnis mit herabgezogenem Augenlid, 1910 | The Albertina Museum, Vienna

In the exhibition Egon Schiele and his Legacy, ALBERTINA MODERN embarks on a mysterious journey into the self. It starts from 21 of Egon Schiele’s trailblazing self-portraits and depictions of the body. Schiele, who only became widely known in the post-World War II era by way of the USA, paved the way for generations of important artists. His works, in their unsparing starkness, mark a radical departure from the cult of beauty fostered by the Vienna Secession and the fin de siècle at large. And his self-portraits depict him as an unhappy and rejected artist, a veritable artiste maudit.

The special genre of self-portraiture has lost nothing of its magic since Albrecht Dürer created one of art history’s first such works. Quite the contrary: What, in an age of social media, could be more interesting than the honest, probing eye of the artist turned on his or her own self?

While the period between the Renaissance and the end of the 19th century was beholden to the ideals of beauty, similarity, and recognizability, modernism pulled back the curtain and peered behind self-staging’s scenery. One’s deepest, innermost self and the discovery of the individual shifted to the center of what self-portraits were about.

The urge to portray one’s innermost being has since been followed by numerous other modern artists who came in Egon Schiele’s wake. And in this presentation, which encompasses over 130 works, Schiele’s output is exhibited alongside works by eleven contemporary artists: Georg Baselitz, Günter Brus, Jim Dine, VALIE EXPORT, Elke Silvia Krystufek, Maria Lassnig, Arnulf Rainer, Cindy Sherman, Karin Mack, Adriana Czernin and Erwin Wurm. The result is a broad spectrum of openness and self-questioning—with unpredictable results…

This exhibition is on view from 10 September 2021 to 20 March 2022.


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Egon Schiele | Self-Portrait in Orange Jacket , 1913 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna
Egon Schiele | Self-Portrait in Orange Jacket , 1913 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna
Egon Schiele: Self-Portrait with Eyelid Pulled Down, 1910

Egon Schiele | Self-Portrait with Eyelid Pulled Down, 1910 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna

Arnulf Rainer: Self-Portrait, 1968/70

Arnulf Rainer | Self-Portrait, 1968/70 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Familiensammlung Haselsteiner © Arnulf Rainer

Erwin Wurm: Blue Round, 2016/17

Erwin Wurm | Blue Round, 2016/17 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Donation of the artist © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021

Karin Mack: Bügeltraum Nr. 4, 1975

Karin Mack | Bügeltraum Nr. 4, 1975 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021

Egon Schiele: Self-Portrait in Orange Jacket, 1913

Egon Schiele | Self-Portrait in Orange Jacket, 1913 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna

Maria Lassnig: Camera Cannibale, 1998

Maria Lassnig | Camera Cannibale, 1998 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Maria Lassnig Stiftung/ Bildrecht, Vienna 2021

Jim Dine: On Ardmore Ave, 2009

Jim Dine | On Ardmore Ave, 2009 | Donation of the artist and Diana Michener © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021


VALIE EXPORT | BODY SIGN B, 1970 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © VALIE EXPORT/ Bildrecht, Vienna 2021

Adriana Czernin: Untitled, 2004

Adriana Czernin | Untitled, 2004 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna © Adriana Czernin

Anton Josef Trčka: Egon Schiele, 1914

Anton Josef Trčka | Egon Schiele, 1914 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna

Eva Schlegel: Untitled (Self-Portrait), 2013

Eva Schlegel | Untitled (Self-Portrait), 2013 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna, Acquisition with funds from the gallery promotion of the Federal Chancellery of Austria 2016 © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021

Georg Baselitz: 16.IV.06,

Georg Baselitz | 16.IV.06 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – Dauerleihgabe der Sammlung Viehof © Georg Baselitz, 2021

Günter Brus: Self-Painting/Self-Mutilation I (20-part series), 1964

Günter Brus | Self-Painting/Self-Mutilation I (20-part series), 1964 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Günter Brus | Photo: Ludwig Hoffenreich

Cindy Sherman: Untitled, 1984/1990

Cindy Sherman | Untitled, 1984/1990 | The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna – The ESSL Collection © Cindy Sherman



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