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The Klewan Collection

Portrait(s) of Modernism

17 February 2017 to 11 June 2017
Orangery, Lower BelvedereBelvedere
Helmut Klewan is a passionate art expert and gallerist who has worked in Vienna and Munich. Over the past four decades he has amassed an impressive collection of important works ranging from international classical modernism to key examples of post-war art. 

From 17 February to 11 June 2017, 193 works by over fifty artists from this collection are being showcased in the Orangery at the Lower Belvedere. The main focus is on portraits by very different artists, for example Francis Bacon and the nearly unknown Armand Francois Henrion. By extension, the show also represents a portrait of modernism in all its variety. 

Yet the Klewan collection is not only distinguished by its diversity but also by its highly individual character. It even includes some unusual works that are categorized as kitsch. Another distinctive feature is the collection of key works of post-1945 Austrian art. Helmut Klewan (b. 1943) was in close contact with major Austrian artists including Arnulf Rainer, Maria Lassnig, and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. As a gallerist he made an important contribution to promoting Austrian art abroad.

The exhibition features works by Christian Ludwig Attersee, Francis Bacon, Giorgio de Chirico, Jean Dubuffet, Salvador Dalí, Alberto Giacometti, Maria Lassnig, Pablo Picasso, Arnulf Rainer, Hans Staudacher, Fritz Wotruba, and many other artists.