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Klimt, il Bacio
At Pinacotheke de Paris, the exhibition “Klimt and his time. The Viennese Secession.”(from 12/02 to 21/06), edited by Alfred Weidinger, curator of the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, presents the artistic career of Klimt since the early years of study, up to the great works of his heyday, presenting the masterpieces of his art such as Judith I of 1901 or the Beethoven Frieze, dedicated to the Ninth Symphony, a monumental work, rebuilt in scale display for the first time in France.
The works of Klimt, its decorative effects, the gilding, the search for elegance and beauty become hallmarks of the Secession movement developed in Vienna at the beginning of the twentieth century, whose revolutionary program was opposed to the prevailing academicism and argued that art had to be a product of its time, an expression of the search for beauty, free from coercion and from any ideological agenda.
In his most famous works, The Three Ages of Woman, The Kiss, and even in his landscapes is obvious the link to the French Symbolists, and literary content and symbolic animations in many of his paintings.
Klimt, a cultured and refined artist, captures the charm of the Viennese bourgeoisie in sunset time (he died in 1919, with the fall of the Habsburg Empire).
Giulio Carlo Argan writes that Klimt “combines the idea of beauty to that of decadence, the dissolution of all, the precarious survival of form at the end of the substance.”
The Pinacothèque de Paris, in collaboration with Arthemisia Group and 24 ORE Cultura, examines this essential aspect of ‘Art Nouveau’ and alongside Klimt masterpieces from the Austrian Secession and, the first works of Egon Schiele andOskar Kokoschka, 180 works from the museum Belvedere in Vienna and from private collections.