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Exhibits around the world > Austria December 13, 2006

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ALBERTINA MUSEUM > To Jan. 7: “Picasso Malen Gegen die Zeit.”
The exhibition brings together some 200 works created by Picasso (1881-1973), in Mougins, France, during the last 12 years of his life, when he was fighting the passing of years with profuse creativity. Spending the same amount of time on a painting, a drawing or a sculpture, Picasso could not apply the same meticulousness to each work, and the viewer will appreciate the contrast between the quick paintings and the precise drawings. The exhibition will travel to Düsseldorf. www.albertina.at

To Jan. 18: “Andy Warhol, Popstars: Zeichnungen und Collagen.” Warhol (1928-1987) became a popstar, and made popstars the central subject of his art, portraying the Beatles, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Liza Minelli, Aretha Franklin. About 60 of these portraits on paper are in the display. www.albertina.at

BA-CA KUNSTFORUM > To Feb. 18: “Chagall: Meisterwerke, 1908-1922.” Pursuing its series of exhibitions devoted to Russian artists (Malevich and Kandinsky), the museum explores Chagall’s (1887-1985) early works and their recurrent themes: life in the shtetl and the magic of Old Russia. They include the 1920 sets for the Jewish Theater in Moscow whose innovative composition humorously combines motives from the Yiddish world with Russian folk art. The public will enjoy Chagall’s unorthodox images and his colorful world of fantasy where lovers fly, animals dance, and life may resemble a circus performance.  www.ba-ca-kunstforum.at

KUNSTHISTORISCHES MUSEUM > To Jan. 7: “Bellini, Giorgione, Tizian und die Renaissance der Venezianischen Malerei.” In the early 16th century, Venetian artists revolutionized traditional painting with techniques that enabled them to better capture the sensuality of light in landscapes and cityscapes, and the texture of skin and cloth in portraits. At the same time, they introduced landscape as a background in most pictures, including devotional paintings. The works are arranged thematically: religious subjects, mythological scenes, portraits and landscapes.  www.khm.at

KUNSTHALLE WIEN > To Feb. 4: “Americans: Masterpieces of American Photography From 1940 until now.” The exhibition shows, with 13 series of photographs, the changes in American society since the prewar period. Among the works are Helen Levitt’s photographs of New York streets; Robert Frank’s depictions of the Beat Generation; Diane Arbus’s portraits of people on the fringes of society and Peter Hujar’s renderings of transvestites and transsexuals.  www.kunsthallewien.at

LEOPOLD MUSEUM > To Jan. 10: “Deutsche Expressionisten: Mit Meisterwerken aus der Sammlung Thyssen-Bornemisza.” German Expressionism developed as an ideology very early in the 20th century: the artists of “Die Brücke” created works characterized by dissonant colors and unbalanced design and rediscovered woodcarving (Kirchner, Nolde, Schmidtt-Rottluff); the painters of “Der Blaue Reiter,” founded by Kandinsky in 1911, evolved toward Abstractionism (Macke, Marc). The symbolism and emotion of the early Expressionism gave way to the violent interpretations of the social chaos that followed World War I in Germany, by Grosz, Dix and Beckmann, who are also present in the exhibition.  www.leopoldmuseum.org

OBERES BELVEDERE > To Feb. 18: “Aufgeklärt Bürgerlich: Porträts von Gainsborough bis Waldmüller, 1750-1840.” In the course of the 18th century, portraiture underwent a remarkable transformation. As the age of Feudalism gave way to the age of Enlightenment, the old impersonal rules governing portrait painting were replaced by demands for more personalized depictions of the sitter. Focusing on portraiture in Vienna, the exhibition also displays works from other European capitals. Portraits by Messerschmidt, Gérard, David, Goya, Reynolds and Lawrence, among others, are in the display.  www.belvedere.at

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