Vienna Secession exhibition catalogue with orange paper cover with embossed title; woodcut illustrations in Art Nouveau style of various subjects (landscapes, figures, etc.) and initials/monograms in orange and black; text in black

Klinger, Beethoven: XIV. Ausstellung der Vereinigung bildender Künstler Österreichs Secession Wien: April-Juni 1902, 1902

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This little book is a treasure trove of art and information. It describes the Beethoven Exhibition at the Vienna Secession in 1902, a landmark in the development of modern art. Some seventeen artists collaborated to produce an immersive multi-media experience, all centered on the brooding presence of a massive statue of the heroic composer. Along with the details of the exhibition and the community that supported it, the book contains sixteen woodcuts by Secession artists.

Formed just five years earlier by artists escaping from the stifling atmosphere of the traditional Austrian Artists’ Association, the Secession already prefigured many artistic tendencies of the 20th century: openness to international ideas, extreme geometric and chromatic simplification, and independent artists’ movements.

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Title
Klinger, Beethoven: XIV. Ausstellung der Vereinigung bildender Künstler Österreichs Secession Wien: April-Juni 1902
Artist Life
1868–1918
Role
Author
Accession Number
2014.82
Provenance
Illegible ownership signature, dated 18.IV.1902. (Ursus Rare Books, Ltd., New York); sold to MIA, 2014.
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Vienna Secession exhibition catalogue with orange paper cover with embossed title; woodcut illustrations in Art Nouveau style of various subjects (landscapes, figures, etc.) and initials/monograms in orange and black; text in black