Early drawings of girls by Oskar Kokoschka (1908 – 1932)
Musée Jenisch Vevey
14 June 2016 – 31 January 2017
The Fondation Oskar Kokoschka holds numerous depictions of young girls from all periods of the artist’s creative life. In his reminiscences, his master student Friedrich Karl Gotsch recalled Kokoschka’s penchant for child models when teaching at the Dresden Art Academy (1919 – 1923): “These creatures were given brightly coloured cloths in which they wrapped themselves and played out masquerades. It was desired of them that they should be in constant motion, though they should not move too restlessly. We were supposed to learn to grasp what was important”. The girl in Kokoschka’s watercolour Girl with green loincloth is using just such a cloth. The exhibition is supplemented by several precious drawings from a Swiss private collection, including the Dancing semi-nude girl lifting her skirt from 1908.
Musée Jenisch Vevey
Oskar Kokoschka. The paintings
31 March – 1st October 2017
Espace Kokoschka, Musée Jenisch, Vevey
On the occasion of the launch of Oskar Kokoschka's online catalogue raisonné of paintings, this exhibition focuses on the pictorial masterpieces of the Foundation's collection, spanning from 1906 to 1973 and covering all periods of the artist's life.
When Kokoschka began his education in Vienna, the city was one of Europe's foremost spots where the frontiers separating fine arts from decorative arts were constantly challenged and redefined. Accordingly, Kokoschka followed courses in painting at a School for Applied Arts, and he was discovered by the architect Adolf Loos when he exhibited at the Kunstschau of 1908 which proved to be a landmark for Vienna's modernist movement. As other expressionists, Kokoschka then realized many figure paintings from models in movement, and he adopted the search for movement for his city views and landscapes alike when he painted them in dynamic brushstrokes and from high-angle view points.
In reaction to the infamous Munich exhibition of 1937 which denounced him as a "degenerate" artist, Kokoschka took to treat overtly political topics in some of his paintings. Throughout his life, Kokoschka continued to paint, while at the same time creating watercolors, drawings, and lithographs.
Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Oskar Kokoschka
19 November 2017 – 22 April 2018
Davos, Kirchner Museum
The Oskar Kokoschka Foundation will be a partner in this comprehensive exhibition dedicated to two major figures of expressionism in Germany and Austria, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) and Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980). Focusing on the period from 1905 to the end of the 1930s, the exhibition points to the parallels that have marked the paths of both artists, especially in their beginnings, and it shows their work in engaging dialogue. Each artist is represented by circa one hundred works, paintings, drawings and engravings among them.