Klimt and the Vienna Secession

The NYARC libraries have extensive holdings of materials relating to artist Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) and we are pleased to announce  "This Kiss to the Whole World"  Klimt and the Vienna Secession, an online exhibition featuring Vienna Secession (Union of Austrian Artists) catalogs and other related materials for the period that Klimt, as a founding member, was involved.  This online exhibition contributes to the citywide Vienna, City of Dreams festival organized by Carnegie Hall, which starts today and runs through March. 

This site presents digital copies of the full run of Vienna Secession catalogs 1-23 (1898-1905) along with photographic postcards illustrating some of the exhibition installations. Most of the original Secession catalogs are held at the Frick Art Reference Library. A complete virtual set has now been made possible courtesy of digital copies from the collection of the Neue Galerie New York. Additional materials held at the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives and the Museum of Modern Art have been digitized especially for this online exhibition. Highlights of the site include the famed Beethoven exhibition in 1902, featuring Max Klinger’s sculpture of the composer, and the Gustav Klimt exhibition in 1903.  The online exhibition enhances the 1903 Klimt catalog through the addition of color images of works exhibited there. A timeline feature takes the viewer through landmark artistic developments during this rich period of Viennese history.

Image (above): Alfred Roller, Secession XVI, 1902. Poster. Color lithograph, 95 x 32 cm. Gift of Jo Carole and Robert S. Lauder. 149.2010. The Museum of Modern Art, New York.


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