press release

In spring 2011, the Neue Galerie will present an exhibition entitled Birth of the Modern: Style and Identity in Vienna 1900. The aim of this exhibition is to show a common thread running through the fine and decorative arts in turn-of-the-century Vienna: the redefining of individual identity in the modern age. It will be organized by distinguished curators Jill Lloyd and Christian Witt-Dörring.

In fine art, decorative arts, and music, this entails both a dialogue between surface ornamentation and inner structure, and a search for a specifically modern, Viennese sense of identity. The exhibition will also explore the overlap with new attitudes towards gender and sexuality that surface in Viennese literature and psychology at the time.

The exhibition will be displayed on both the second and third levels of the Neue Galerie. Paintings and works on paper will mostly be presented on level two, with design and music on level three. Works from the Neue Galerie collection will be paired with carefully selected loans that are pertinent to the themes of the exhibition.

Major works by fine artists Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, and Egon Schiele will be on view, as well as furniture by architects Otto Wagner and Adolf Loos, and decorative artists Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser. There will be a special emphasis on fashion, with loans of key clothing and accessories from the period.

Kuratoren: Jill Lloyd, Christian Witt-Dörring

Künstler: Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Egon Schiele, Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser