Location: Lower Belvedere
The Vienna artist association Hagenbund had a major impact both on the local and Central European art scene between the years 1900 and 1938. It brought together various styles and advanced as early as 1907 to become a leading association for modern art, soon moving beyond Secessionism to represent current trends ranging from Expressionism to New Objectivity.
This artist association and its members established themselves through inclusive exhibition policies. Indeed, there was a group show featuring Hungarian, Polish, Czech, and German artists as early as 1907. The Hagenbund therefore represented an early network of European art with a regional location in Vienna. When the Secession´s clout dwindled after 1918, it was the Hagenbund that provided innovative impulses. It was thanks to the Hagenbund that many fundamental exhibitions of modern art were staged one of the most unrecognized phenomena in Austrian art history.
Hagenbund - A European Network of Modernism (1900 to 1938) aims to present this European network and its activities in an innovative way and to provide new perspectives on the development of Austrian modernism, especially between the two world wars. The show is not dedicated to the battle of the isms or classifying art according to formal criteria but addresses the influences and interactions between artists in Vienna, Prague, Munich, Budapest, Lemberg (Lviv), Bratislava, Cracow, and Trieste.
This network analysis will for the first time be used as an art-historical tool to explore over nine historic exhibitions staged by the Hagenbund, thus conveying to the viewer this reevaluation of artistic developments in the interwar period. Furthermore, the show presents the interim findings of the two-year Belvedere research project, sponsored by the Austrian National Bank, on the topic of A European Network of Modernism (1900 to 1938).