Secretive self-portraits

The way in which Egon Schiele completely redefined self-portraits influenced countless artists who came after him. The Albertina modern takes us on an exciting journey in the new exhibition "Schiele and his Legacy". With exhibits by artists including Maria Lassnig, Erwin Wurm Georg Baselitz, Günter Brus, and VALIE EXPORT.

Self-portraits have a fixed place in art history. They have fascinated and amazed their observers for centuries. From the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century, they stood above all for beauty and recognizability. During the Modernism period around the turn of the previous century, all that underwent fundamental change. The presentation of the individual and his or her inner being have played a central role ever since. The self-portraits by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) that we know of are a radical departure from the cult of beauty of the Vienna Secession of the Fin de Siècle.

Twenty-one of his important body and self-portraits are the starting point of the new exhibition "Schiele and his Legacy" at the Albertina modern. Schiele's works are shown in relationship to self-portraits of the generations of artists that followed.

The way in which Expressionism icon Egon Schiele once completely redefined body language, gestures, and facial expressions was groundbreaking and pioneering all at once. And that significantly influenced artists who came after him. In the exhibition of over 130 works, Schiele is juxtaposed with nine artists of the present day: Georg Baselitz, Günter Brus, Jim Dine, VALIE EXPORT, Elke Krystufek, Maria Lassnig, Arnulf Rainer, Cindy Sherman, Karin Mack, Adriana Czernin, Eva Schlegel, and Erwin Wurm. The result? A secretive trip to oneself ...

Schiele and his Legacy September 10, 2021 - January 23, 2022


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