Egon Schiele, Munich
3 December 2011 – 4 March 2012
Egon Schiele is one of the most popular modernist artists, who stands like almost no other for the close relationship between an artist’s work and life. His early tragic death, his turbulent friendship with his model Wally, and the Neulengbach affair, in which he was imprisoned for twenty-four days in 1912 for allegedly seducing a minor, have all led to ongoing public interest in his private life. His best-known works have therefore often been seen in terms of this narrow focus on the autobiographical – nudes of young women showing their sex in provocative poses, and seemingly pathological self-stylisation.