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WOLFGANG GURLITT. FAIRY PRINCE
Art Dealer – Collector

4 October 2019 to 19 January 2020

The life and activities of the art dealer Wolfgang Gurlitt (1888–1965) are closely intertwined with the beginnings of the LENTOS Kunstmuseum: for the museum, the Gurlitt Collection is a legacy that is as brilliant as it is problematic. The exhibition casts light on the turbulent life of the passionate collector and controversial art dealer Wolfgang Gurlitt, who was involved in deals with looted art during the National Socialist era. Having been made honorary director of the Neue Galerie der Stadt Linz (today: LENTOS Kunstmuseum) in 1946, he put on more than a hundred exhibitions. In 1952/53 the City of Linz acquired what was to become the core of the new museum’s collection – 84 paintings, 33 drawings and a Kubin collection – works Gurlitt had managed to protect from the ravages of war. Since 1999, Linz has restituted thirteen works from the Gurlitt collection to the lawful heirs of their pre-War Jewish owners. The exhibition provides insights into the history of these objects and the fate of their persecuted owners.

Putting on display works that include paintings and graphics by Lovis Corinth, Oskar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, Jeanne Mammen, Max Pechstein, Egon Schiele, this comprehensive, painstakingly researched and multifaceted exhibition tells the story of Gurlitt’s international activities as an art dealer, publisher and a tireless networker in touch with museums and artists.

Curator: Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller

Artists

Margret Bilger, Lovis Corinth, Walt Disney, Lisl Engels, Paul Flora, Caspar David Friedrich, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Louis Gurlitt, Hugo von Habermann, Emmy Haesele, Eric Isenburger, Paul Klee, Gustav Klimt, Leo von König, Käthe Kollwitz, Osk ar Kokoschka, Alfred Kubin, Lotte Laserstein, Max Liebermann, Hans Makart, Jeanne Mammen, Henry Moore, Otto Mueller, Edvard Munch, Max Pechstein, Anton Romako, Georges Rouault , Philipp Ott o Runge, Egon Schiele, Moritz von Schwind, Franz Sedlacek, Clara Siewert, Carl Spitzweg and others

Publication

The exhibition is accompanied by catalog of the same name in Hirmer Verlag. With introductions by Hemma Schmutz and Marlene Lauter as well as texts by Ferdinand Altnöder, Maria Altrichter, Andreas Bartsch, Bernd Ernsting, Sonja Feßel, Melchior Frommel, Gregory Hahn, Henrike Holsing, Meike Hoffmann, Michael John, Jane Kallir, Martin Krenn, Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller, Beatrix Piezonka, Abbey Rees-Hales, Brigitte Reutner, Katrin Schmidt, Birgit Black, Camilla Smith, Aya Soika, Vanessa-Maria Voigt, Michael Vladika.
488 pages, illustrations in colour, German, € 39

Available at the LENTOS Shop (German only)

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

                        

 

Events

OPENING
Thursday, 3 October 2019, 7 pm

Free admission

SYMPOSIUM: WOLFGANG GURLITT CENTRE STAGE
Impassioned collector, clever networker, combative personality
Friday, 29 November, 2–6 pm

Lectures only in German
A symposium organised in collaboration with AK Oberösterreich 
More Information here

Public Guided Tours

PUBLIC GUIDED TOUR
Duration 1 hour, costs € 3, exclusive admission, German only
Every Tuesday, 16.15 pm
Every Sunday, 4.15 pm

GUIDED TOUR WITH THE CURATOR
Thursday, 17 October, 5 pm

with Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller, German only, Registration requested

FOR THE DEAF
Saturday, 7 December, 4 pm

Admission and guidance free for the deaf

EXPERT INTERVIEW: ABOUT ROBBERY AND RETURN
Thursday, 9 January, 7 pm
Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller in conversation with the city archivist Maria Altrichter on provenance research, German only

Group Tours

Duration 1 hour, max. 25 participants, by appointment



Book a guided tour for your group now!
Teleservice Center of the City of Linz: T 0732/7070 or info@mag.linz.at

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