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"Egon Schiele Accompanied by Marina Abramovic and Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel"
2005-03-25 until 2005-06-19
van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, , NL

On 25 March 2005 the Van Gogh Museum will open a remarkable exhibition of work by the Viennese Expressionist Egon Schiele (1890-1918). Around twenty paintings and eighty watercolours will be shown. This is the first Schiele retrospective in the Netherlands. Originally profoundly influenced by Gustav Klimt, Schiele soon began to forge his wn path. His expressive style had little to do with traditional aesthetic ideas, evolving instead from his desire to express personal emotion. Apart from the prevailing erotic motifs, his oeuvre is also remarkable for his many impressive portraits. He was less concerned with recording their superficial likeness than with revealing their innermost emotions.

Schiele / Abramovic / De Châtel

To accompany the exhibition the Van Gogh Museum has commissioned live performances and dance productions by Marina Abramovic and Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel to be shown in the exhibition galleries. Their shared fascination for the human form is what connects them with Schiele's work. De Châtel and Abramovic are also involved in the design of the exhibition, supervised by art director Peter de Kimpe.

Practical information performances and dance

Performances: continual performances by members of the Independent Performance Group (IPG) led by Marina Abramovic will be shown each day
Dance solos and duets by Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel: to be performed at 13.30 and 16.00 (on Sundays only 13.30) each day in various spaces of the exhibition wing
Gradual and Persistent Loss of Control, a Marina Abramovic, Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel and pianist Tomoko Mukaiyama co-production: every Friday evening (at 20.15) and every Sunday afternoon (at 16.00), duration: c. 45 minutes
Video projections: video performances by the IPG and a video wall with work by Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel
Tickets include the price of the performances.


The exhibition is accompanied by a publication entitled Egon Schiele: Love and Death, written by Schiele specialist Jane Kallir, Van Gogh Museum / Hatje Cantz, 160 pages, 100 colour and 40 b/w illustrations, hardback, € 29.50. The book is available in Dutch (ISBN 90 400 9065 3), English (ISBN 3 7757 1528 2), French (ISBN 2 07 011807 X) and German (ISBN 3 7757 1527 4). The museum edition (Dutch and English, exclusively at the museum shop or via www.vangoghmuseumshop.com) includes a chapter on the Marina Abramovic and Dansgroep Krisztina de Châtel co-production. Price: € 24.50.

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