New York

New York

Birth of the Modern: Style and Identity in Vienna 1900

Neue Galerie New York
1048 Fifth Avenue
February 24–June 27, 2011

Curated by Jill Lloyd and Christian Witt-Dörring

Birth of the Modern: Style and Identity in Vienna 1900
NEUE GALERIE
February 24–June 27
Curated by Jill Lloyd and Christian Witt-Dörring

The nineteenth century—and its bourgeois democratic ideals—experienced a spectacular demise in Vienna around 1900. This major exhibition at the Neue Galerie, and its accompanying scholarly catalogue, promises to shed new light on the material expressions brought forth by this profound crisis of cultural identity. Considering ornamented surfaces across the media of painting, fashion, architecture, music, and decorative objects alike as key sites for the negotiation of self, psyche, gender, and sexuality, the exhibition will portray the visual power of a historical moment that sought to mute distinctions between the fine and decorative arts. With more than 150 works by some 30 artists, including Alfred Kubin, Egon Schiele, and the Wiener Werkstätte, this show will enlist the material solidity of things to reveal modern culture’s evanescent vision of interiority.

André Dombrowski