28 September 2013.

Saturday 3 p.m.-8 p.m

3 p.m.-4 p.m.
Dr. Ilona Sármány-Parsons: Egon Schiele and His Age.

Vienna Fin-de-siècle: The Truth Behind the Clichès
Dr. Ilona Sármány-Parsons  was born in 1949 in Budapest and studied art history and English at the University of Budapest. Between 1972 and 1983 she worked at the Institute of Art History at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Since 1984 she has lived in Vienna.  She has taught  at the Budapest College of Film and Theatre Art, at the University of Vienna and (since 1992) she has been visiting professor at the Central European University in Budapest. Dr Sarmany-Parsons has published widely  on the art of the Austro-Hungarian Empire around 1900. Her publications include Gustav Klimt (1987 - published also in English, French, German, Russian and Japanese), Austrian  Painting  at the Turn of the Century (1991, 2004), and  Károly Ferenczy (2009 -- in Hungarian).  She has also contributed to numerous exhibition catalogues relating to the art of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy.

4 p.m.-5 p.m.
Did you like it? Was there anything you did not like about it or did not undestand? Do you have any questions? Informal conversation with Kata Bodor, the curator of the exhibition!

5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Stefan Kutzenberger: Death and Life and a Cavalry Camel
Egon Schiele and the Arts of His Time.
Kutzenberger, Stefan, Dr. phil, born in 1971 in Linz (Upper Austria). Studied comparative literature in Vienna, Buenos Aires, Lisbon and London. Works as an art mediator and librarian for the Leopold Museum an das a lecturer at the University of Vienna. Member of the workshop „Art and science“ of the Austrian Research Society (Österreichische Forschungsgemeinschaft). Numerous publications on visualisation of literature, intermediality in Vienna around 1900 and on the literary relations between Europe and Latin America.

6.30 p.m.-7.15 p.m.

Egon Schiele and Our Age – Dance performance by Gloria Benedikt and Krisztián Gergye

What is there to be seen when being confronted with Schiele’s work today? A true contemporary, a genius embedded in commercialism, a lunatic? To find an answer for yourself, we invite you to follow a woman’s journey as she encounters the painter, who leads her to experience his work trough her own body. Together they come closer to the fundamental question Schiele and the artists of his age were grabbling with: understanding the essence of humanity in light of looming cultural and political and economic destruction. 100 years later, we, two dancers of strikingly different backgrounds, found common ground through Schiele’s work and also in investigating the same question, as we sense a decisive moment, a moment where humanity finds itself at crossroads yet again. Moments of perfection followed by utter dissonance, and quiet parts in between, seem to hallmark both, Schiele’s work and Schnittke’s ‘Concerto for piano and strings’. The stark contrast and interplay between brilliance and deconstruction may be perceived as disturbing at times, but also remind us that we can neither appreciate - nor arrive at - these magnificent moments without the onerous ones, which require us to listen deep into our own soul.

Gloria Benedikt was born in Graz (Austria) and obtained her dance education at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School and English National Ballet School, London. Since 2002 she has worked for dance companies in the United Kingdom, Germany, Cyprus, the United States and the Netherlands. She studied Government at Harvard University (Class of 2013), where she also presented her first Choreographies. Last year, Choreographer Thom Stuart chose her to become Edith Schiele, in the Dance Film ‘Egon’, which was financed by the Dutch Government. ‘Egon’ not only sparked her passion for Schiele, but also connected her back to her home country artistically.

Krisztián Gergye was born in Kőszeg (Hungary) and studied ancient Indonesian dance in Budapest and Java. Mixing Javanese tradition with modern dance he then created his own dance and body vocabulary and has been staging his own choreographies since 2001. Independent projects soon lead to permanent collaborations and finally his own company. His company’s motto “not just dance” manifests itself in experiments on the edge of dance, straight plays and fine arts. His performances explore and push the boundaries of artistic genres, characterized by the interplay of music, physical presence and visuality without any repetition or imitation. He has directed dance concerts and contemporary dance operas, worked on opera performances and concerts as a choreographer, and regularly plays and directs in theatres. As a dancer and choreographer, he has been a guest with nearly all famous Hungarian dance groups and performed in all contemporary dance theatres and venues. He has been awarded several prizes both for his creations and as a performer. His deep interest in fine arts is reflected inseveral works inspired by painters such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Hieronymus Bosch, and most notably, Egon Schiele. With his solo ‘E.Sch.Eroto’, he toured many European theater venues, including the Southbank Centre in London.

Film screening –EGON
NL | 2013 | 8’25”
Symptoms of influenza during the last days of the Austrian painter Egon
Schiele(1890-1918) are played out beyond the confines of a set time and space.
His stylized portraits come to life and edge him further towards death.
Choreographer Stuart has transformed his images into a transparent movement language that by turn follows and ignores the Music of Alexander von Zemlinsky.
The rawly expressive and confrontational imagery reflects the powerful effect of Schiele’s drawings and paintings.

The event can be visited free of charge. The temporary exhibition Egon Schiele and His Age can be visited with  the 50% discount ticket due to the program  Itthon vagy – Magyarország, szeretlek.

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