Secessionen. Klimt, Stuck, Liebermann

Gustav Klimt: Girl in the Foliage, circa 1898, Klimt Foundation
© Klimt Foundation, Vienna

The end of the 19th century was a time of artistic upheaval, during which the Secession movements developed in Munich (1892), Vienna (1897) and Berlin (1899), among others. These were regarded as catalysts for innovative approaches to art and exhibitions.

The exhibition "Secessions. Klimt, Stuck, Liebermann", which can be seen at the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin from June 23 to October 22, 2023 and was curated by Ralph Gleis (Director Alte Nationalgalerie) and Ursula Storch (Vice Director Wien Museum), is dedicated to these movements based on an analysis of the main protagonists. Around 200 paintings, sculptures and prints by 80 artists are on display, including major works such as Gustav Klimt's Pallas Athene (1898, Wien Museum, Vienna), which in turn is juxtaposed with Franz von Stuck's Pallas Athene (1898, Museum Georg Schäfer, Schweinfurt), Judith (1901, Belvedere, Vienna) by the Viennese painter prince or Landhaus in Hilversum (1901, Alte Nationalgalerie, Berlin) by Max Liebermann.

The Klimt Foundation has loaned Gustav Klimt's portraits of ladies, Mädchen im Grünen (around 1898) and Dame mit Cape und Hut vor rotem Hintergrund (1897/98). These intimate and subtle portraits were created during the founding phase of the Vienna Secession with Gustav Klimt as the first president of this new association.