Klimt's Portrait of a Lady returns to Ricci Oddi, and museum announces major exhibition

After the major exhibition at Palazzo Braschi dedicated to Klimt, the Portrait of a Lady returns to the Ricci Oddi Gallery in Piacenza. The museum venue announces a major exhibition on the Viennese Secession master.

The Portrait of a Lady, a rediscovered masterpiece by Gustav Klimt, will return to the Ricci Oddi Gallery in Piacenza, its original home, after being among the featured works in the major exhibition dedicated to Klimt at the Museo di Roma in Palazzo Braschi (which will end March 27, 2022).

To celebrate the work’s return home, from April 12 to July 24, 2022, the famous Piacenza museum venue will open to the public the exhibition Klimt. The Man, the Artist, His World, dedicated to the master of the Viennese Secession: more than 160 works including paintings, sculptures, decorative art artifacts and graphics from the Belvedere Museum in Vienna, the Klimt Foundation, as well as many other public and private collections will be on display.

The exhibition begins in the climate of European Symbolism, presenting etchings and drawings by Klinger, Redon, Munch, Ensor, von Stuck’s famous Medusa, and sculptures by Minne and Klinger himself, and then takes visitors into the world of Klimt, with his early works and his first companions: his brothers Georg and Ernst and his friend Franz Matsch. We will then delve into the Viennese Secession founded by Klimt with seventeen other artists. An entire section will be devoted to the Portrait of a Lady and the account of its events. The world of the Wiener Werkstätte and the decorative art workshops founded in Vienna by Josef Hoffmann and Kolo Moser in 1903 will be documented through furniture, silver, glass, and ceramics.

There will also be Secession posters, including Klimt’s depiction of Theseus and the Minotaur, which caused a stir at the time because of Theseus’ nudity, and covers of the magazine Ver Sacrum. A selection of drawings and etchings by Schiele and Kokoschka, including the Dreaming Boys series, recall the younger generation of Austrian artists who were inspired by Klimt. Finally, the itinerary will be enriched by a section devoted to Italian artists who were inspired by Klimt, such as Casorati, Wildt and Zecchin.

Pictured: Gustav Klimt, Portrait of a Lady (1916-1918; oil on canvas, 68 x 55 cm; Piacenza, Galleria Ricci Oddi)

Klimt's Portrait of a Lady returns to Ricci Oddi, and museum announces major exhibition
Klimt's Portrait of a Lady returns to Ricci Oddi, and museum announces major exhibition

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