23 Sept-30 Jan 2012.
The Leopold Museum is holding a major exhibition dedicated to the early work of Viennese artist Egon Schiele.
Around 100 paintings and drawings including Schiele's first main works produced between 1910 and 1914 are on show. Characterised by an almost tangible melancholy, much of his work shocked the Vienna establishment of the day, particularly his nude paintings, some of which are considered graphic even by today's standards.
One of Austria's most important painters as well as a leading light in the Expressionist movement, Schiele died in 1918 aged only 28. Six works by his fellow expressionist artist Oskar Kokoschka are on show, while six modern artists, from various art disciplines, each have a room in which they evaluate Schiele's work and personality.
The Leopold Museum houses the world's most significant Schiele collection. This event takes place on the tenth anniversary of the museum's opening.