24 August – 1 September 2012
‘To every age its art, to art its freedom.’ This was the foresighted motto of the Secession movement, founded by the pioneer of Viennese Modernism, Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), and his contemporaries in 1897, in protest against the conservative view of art held by the establishment of the time. This year sees the 150th anniversary of Klimt’s birth, and, to mark the occasion, numerous museums in the Austrian capital are staging special exhibitions. Not to be left out, London’s Lazarides Gallery has also put together a special celebratory event, in tandem with the Vienna Tourist Board, inviting nine international street artists to produce new works, inspired by Klimt, on large square canvases, during a day-long live event at Grosvenor Gardens earlier in the week.
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