16 paintings on display at Palazzo Braschi- Corriere.it

16 paintings on display at Palazzo Braschi- Corriere.it
16 paintings on display at Palazzo Braschi- Corriere.it

Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), one of the best known and most loved artists, also by the general public, is the protagonist of the exhibition, inaugurated on 26 October at Museum of Rome-Palazzo Braschi, entitled Klimt.The Secession and Italy. In all 55 autograph works by the Austrian master – including 16 paintings, 37 drawings and two original lithographs – flanked by other 150 works, both by artists of his circle, and by Fr.Italian ittori and sculptors – including Galileo Chini, Vittorio Zecchin, Arturo Noci, Camillo Innocenti, Felice Casorati, Giovanni Prini – which in some way underwent the influence of the new artistic language that the great Austrian painter, co-founder of the Viennese Secession, helped to invent.

Among the major lenders, in addition to the Neue Galerie Graz, the Belvedere Museum and the Klimt Foundation in Vienna, one of the major custodians of Klimt’s work. And from here come the most iconic works of the master, such as lto celebrate Judith I (1901), Friends (Sisters), from 1907, and some of the painter’s later creations, referable to the last two years of the artist’s life (1917-18), such as the Lady in white, Amalie Zuckerkandl and the unfinished The bride.

Also noteworthy is the presence of another late painting (1916-17), which rose to the headlines for a mysterious theft with subsequent discovery. On February 22, 1997, the Portrait of a ladyit was in fact stolen from the Ricci Oddi Gallery in Piacenza, in a manner that the investigations (still ongoing) will never be able to fully clarify. After a jumble of self-styled informants, mediums, extortion attempts and dubious confessions, the painting reappears twenty-three years later, on 10 December 2019, in an even more enigmatic manner than those of theft: it was in fact found in a small compartment, closed by a door without a lock, in a plastic bag, along the external wall of the Piacenza museum itself, during some gardening works.

Three curators of the exhibition: Franz Smola, of the Belvedere Museum, Maria Vittoria Marini Clarelli, superintendent of the Capitoline, and Sandra Tretter, deputy director of the Klimt Foundation. For an exhibition that in addition to an imposing mass of heterogeneous materials – useful for evoking the atmosphere of creative Vienna between the two secoli and to document Klimt’s travels in the beautiful country also with the aid of autograph postcards – it also focuses on technology. Thanks to the collaboration between Google and Belvedere, three paintings (“Quadri delle Faculty. Medicine. Jurisprudence. Philosophy”) that Klimt created from 1899 for the ceiling of the Great Hall of the university of Vienna. Refused because they were considered scandalous, they were lost in a fire in 1945.

27 October 2021 | 08:08

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