Exhibition Oskar Kokoschka in Boijmans

13 September 2013
This autumn Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen exhibits the work of former Erasmus Prizewinner Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), the master painter who has inspired generations of artists.

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Gustav Klimt called him ‘the greatest talent of the younger generation’. This autumn Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen exhibits the work of Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), the master painter who has inspired generations of artists. This major retrospective brings together Kokoschka’s confrontational portraits more than half a century after his work was last exhibited in the Netherlands.

In 1950 Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen was the first Dutch museum to purchase a painting by Oskar Kokoschka, ‘The Mandrill’ of 1926. This autumn 150 paintings and drawings from private collections and major museums such as MoMA and Tate will be assembled in Rotterdam. In eight themes the exhibition offers a personal perspective of the painter around the period of the First and Second World War. From a serie of children's portraits, portraits of the Viennese elite to politically charged allegories. The exhibition begins with Kokoschka’s earliest portraits and his discovery by the famous modernist architect Adolf Loos in 1908. The exhibition ends with his last self-portrait (1971/1972). With the title ‘Time, Gentlemen Please’, the announcement for final orders in British pubs, Kokoschka prefigures his own death.

For more information please visit www.boijmans.nl/en/.