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Weltflucht und Moderne. Oskar Zwintscher in the Art around 1900 in the Albertinum | 14.05.2022.-15.01.2023

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Hardly any other important German artist from the period around 1900 waited longer for a fundamental reassessment than Oskar Zwintscher (1870-1916). Important stations in his career were Dresden, Meissen, Munich, Vienna and Worpswede. With unusual pictures and the “fairy-tale dark, morbid glow of his metallic cool colour games” (Egbert Delpy), Zwintscher achieved great recognition during his lifetime, but also experienced fierce rejection. 

Image. above : Oskar Zwintscher, Gram, 1898 Öl auf Leinwand, 150,5 x 150,2 cm, Städtische Galerie Dresden Museen der Stadt Dresden, Foto: Franz Zadniček

The exhibition comprehensively presents his multifaceted work between Art Nouveau and Symbolism. It shows the artist on a par with other great artists around 1900 such as Arnold Böcklin, Ferdinand Hodler and Gustav Klimt. Using the various media of painting, sculpture, drawing and photography, many of which are from the holdings of the Dresden State Art Collections, the exciting epochal threshold to the 20th century can be impressively experienced.

Oskar Zwintscher, Adele im Hamsterpelz, 1914Öl auf Leinwand, 89 x 63 cm, The Jack Daulton Collection, Leihgabe im Albertinum © The Jack Daulton Collection, Foto: Don Tuttle

From the 1890s onwards, Zwintscher painted fascinating works: symbolistically charged pictures and suggestive landscapes as well as sensitive portraits that are among the best created between Realism and Art Nouveau. His fame culminated in a solo exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 1910.

DEEDS NEWS Albertinum Weltflucht und Moderne Oskar Zwintscher in der Kunst um 1900 SKD, Foto SKD, Elke Estel Hans Peter Klut
Oskar Zwintscher, O Wandern, o Wandern!, 1903Öl auf Leinwand, 100 x 120 cm, Albertinum  SKD, Foto: SKD, Elke Estel / Hans-Peter Klut

In 2019/20, Zwintscher’s oeuvre in the Albertinum was subjected to intensive art-technological research in cooperation with the Dresden University of Fine Arts. The research project led to sensational results. In the special exhibition based on this research, the paintings of this idiosyncratic artist, most of which have been preserved in Saxony, are combined with selected loans and works from the collection to create a brilliant retrospective of the epoch, in a harmony of different arts and issues.


Exhibition dates: Saturday 14 May 2022 until Sunday


regular € 12, reduced € 9, under 17 free, from 10 pers. € 11

Taschenberg 2
01067 Dresden

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