Message by Lesley Lau
Chief Curator of the Art Promotion Office
The Art Promotion Office is delighted to support the exhibition Fantasies and Crises: Works of Austrian Artists, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele presented by the Austrian Consulate General in Hong Kong, which aims to foster cultural exchange and promote the art of Austria to the Hong Kong public. Renowned throughout the world as the capital of classical music, Vienna has also always been home to a flourishing art scene that has made influential contributions to the history of Western art. The city was an important cradle of modern art: the formation in the late 19th century of the Vienna Secession, one of whose founders was the pioneering modernist Gustav Klimt, shifted the focus of art to individual expression and a more immediate connection with contemporary life.
This exhibition showcases more than 30 high-quality reproductions of works by two important Austrian artists, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, that both reveal their fantastical imagination and reflect the social and political crises of their time. Curated by students of the Department of Fine Arts of the University of Hong Kong, the exhibition can also be seen as part of the APO’s efforts to provide opportunities for young curators to demonstrate their talent.
I would like here to express my gratitude to the Austrian Consulate General for bringing this marvellous exhibition to Hong Kong. My appreciation also goes to HKU’s Department of Fine Arts for its contribution to the success of Fantasies and Crises: Works of Austrian Artists, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele.