Monday, February 2, 2009

Albert von Keller: Salons, Séancen, Secession

Albert von Keller (1844–1920), a Munich painter with Swiss roots, was a frequent participant in the Paris salon, from 1886 a member of Munich's Psychological Society, and, in 1892, a co-founder of the Munich Secession. Keller’s art constitutes a detailed account of Wilhelmian and Belle Époque society, registering with care the seductively elegant world of polite ladies as well as lending visual form to a range of occult phenomena. Keller’s paintings, considered modern by his contemporaries, offer today’s viewers a glimpse at the environment in which classical modernism was revolutionized. The painter’s acme came in the years prior to the First World War, when critics spoke of a veritable ‘Keller-mania’. The Kunsthaus was given Oskar A. Müller’s comprehensive Keller collection in 2006. The show offers a representative view of those works, enhanced with selected borrowings.

Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland coming soon April 24, 2009 - October 4, 2009

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