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Collected Beauties

16 February until 27 May 2018

1918 meant a deep incision for art in Austria: the deaths of Gustav Klimt (6.2.1918), Koloman Moser (18.10.1918) and Egon Schiele ( 31.10.1918), with the latter being especially untimely, deprived Vienna’s avant-garde three of its most outstanding exponents in a matter of months. The end of World War I saw not only the demise of the German Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy, it also spelt the end to art as a decorative and curative power.

This representative exhibition, which is staged on several floors, grants exciting new insights into the collections of the LENTOS, the NORDICO and the Upper Austrian State Museum and their ongoing scientific exploration. Klimt, Schiele and Moser set their seal on art in Vienna around 1900 in a way that endures to this day. Approximately 76 masterpieces of the graphic arts and painting by these world famous representatives of Viennese Modernism are examined under different aspects. The questions that are raised concern the often enigmatic biographies of the sitters, the intricate provenances of some of the works of art and various aspects of conservation and restoration. The centenary of the death of these icons of Austria’s art history is a fitting occasion to present new insights in the field of the history of art.

Priceless highlights from the holdings of Linz’s municipal museums – LENTOS and NORDICO – and the Upper Austrian State Museum, supplemented by works of art loaned by private collectors, will be presented in this form for the first time – three collections, one exhibition!

An exhibition of the LENTOS Kunstmuseum Linz in collaboration with the Upper Austrian State Museum.

Curators: Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller, Brigitte Reutner, Andreas Strohhammer

Note: The exhibition has been extended by one week (until 27 May).

LENTOS presents long-lost Klimt drawing

The Klimt’s drawing Zwei Liegende (Two Reclining Female Figures), whose whereabouts had been unaccounted for during a half century, is placed on display in the exhibition 1918 – Klimt · Moser · Schiele.

The artist Olga Jäger (1880–1965), who was born in Linz, transferred the drawing on 11 January 1951 on loan to the Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz, founded – and directed at that time – by Wolfgang Gurlitt. Vienna’s Albertina, which had been lent the drawing for an exhibition by the Neue Galerie, then under the direction of Walter Kasten, returned it in 1964. In that year, the drawing disappeared without a trace. In 2016, the Regional Court Linz ordered the city to pay damages totalling € 65,570. The drawing’s mysterious disappearance is now a criminal case:  Walter Kasten’s personal assistant, who retired in 1977 and died in 2017, appears to have illicitly taken possession of the drawing. In her last will and testament she requested that the drawing be returned to the City of Linz after her death. Acting on behalf of the deceased, a lawyer deposited the drawing on 15 January 2018.

Supported by

With valid season ticket of the LINZ AG LINIEN (weekly / monthly / annual pass) free admission for one person.


Thursday, 15. Februar 2018, 7 pm

Free Admission

Saturday, 3 March, 2–4 pm

Every first Saturday of the month from 2 pm to 4 pm is the LENTOS Buddyhood-Afternoon. Our Donauatelier offers enough room for all generations to express themselves creatively. We invite all people interested in the arts to a mutual exchange of ideas and collaboration, thereby giving insight into the respective current exhibitions.
In cooperation with the RegionalCaritas
Registration: Teleservice Center of the City of Linz 0732/7070 (limited number of participants)
admission free, fee for materials: € 2 per person, families: € 5 (2 adults plus children)

Thursday, 15 March

Deep Space Live at AEC
7 pm, € 3 admission fee, German only
Guided Tour with the Curator at LENTOS
8 pm,
€ 6 admission fee, German only
Restorer Andreas Strohhammer tells about the genesis of the Portrait of Trude Engel by gigapixel photos in Deep Space LIVE of the Ars Electronica Center. Afterwards guided tour with the curator at the LENTOS.

Guided Tours

every Tuesday, 4 pm
every Sunday, 4 pm
combined tour through the exhibitions The Collection and 1918 – Klimt · Moser · Schiele
duration 1 hour, costs € 3, exclusive admission, German only

Friday, 23 February, 4 pm

with Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller and Brigitte Reutner
Ticket: tour fee or Museum Total Ticket, German only

Saturday, 3 March, at 4 pm
Saturday, 7 April, at 4 pm
Saturday, 5 May, at 4 pm
in English, duration 30 Min, € 2, no admission fee

Saturday 3 March, 4 pm

with sign language interpreter
admission and guided tour free for deafs, German only

Tuesday, 13 March, 4 pm
Expert guided tour with Lothar Schultes, registration requested

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Photo: © maschekS.