Klimt/Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Royal Academy

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The Royal Academy celebrates the centenary of Austrian Modernists, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, with a retrospective organised with Vienna’s Albertina Museum. It’s one of the most anticipated exhibitions of 2018 which will open in November. Plenty of time to plan your visit.

Austria’s two most famous artists succeeded in challenging visual perceptions, forms, and body expressions. They will dialogue in this fantastic exhibition staged in central London. Featuring around 100 works on paper, including some of the most famous drawings exploring nudes, landscapes and sexuality. Sketchbooks, graphic designs, lithographs and photographs will help viewers understand the personal relationship between the two artists and Klimt’s mentoring of the young Schiele. Taking Schiele under his wing, he mentored the young artist in his early years, asking Shiele to exhibit with him in the 1909 Vienna Kunstschau exhibition. Despite Klimt’s 28-year seniority, they would go on to enjoy an intimate friendship, sharing their patrons, mistresses and muses. Both artists died in 1918. Highlights will include Klimt’s sketches for his seminal Beethoven Frieze, and a series of unflinching self-portraits by Schiele.

Image: Egon Schiele, Nude Self-Portrait, Squatting, 1916.