It was an artistically exceptional time, an era of extraordinary creative density during the transition into the twentieth century. Originating from the artistic and intellectual circles of Vienna, works in painting, literature, science, philosophy, music, architecture, sculpture, and design developed in this time which remained relevant to the evolution of taste and knowledge far into the twentieth century.
The Leopold Museum in Vienna, based on the collection of Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold, has one of the most extensive and most varied collections of art from this period. Under the curatorial management of the art historian Peter Weinhäupl, Diethard Leopold, and his parents, Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold, the presentation of these works has been recently reconsidered and newly conceived.
Even though the exhibited works would have allowed for the possibility, individual works have not been chosen to be featured as star attractions in this exhibition of the new presentation. Under the title “Vienna circa 1900″, the curators took the opportunity to focus on one era on the basis of interior design, works of art, and excerpts from philosophical and literary texts as well as compositions. Going through the exhibition, influences, contradictions, and commonalities between disciplines can be identified, and the psyche, the physicality, and the relationship to everyday objects from this Viennese era become apparent, which ended at the end of the First World War and the death of Klimt, Schiele, Moser, and Wagner.
CastYourArt visited the psychologist Diethard Leopold at his Viennese office and spoke with him about the conception of and his personal approach to the works of the exhibition. An exhibitional glimpse of artistic Vienna circa 1900: the Leopold Museum inside view… (wh/jn)