This exhibition has now closed, find out what else is going on at National Gallery



An exhibition that traces the rise of modern art during the Austro-Hungarian Empire through the portraits of the Vienna Secessionist painters Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

Vienna, in the years leading up to the First World War, was a city with an identity crisis. It was at the crossroads of Europe and the centre of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which had been disintegrating internally for many years.

This exhibition reveals the upheavals occurring concurrently in modern art through the portraits of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka. These artists, who pioneered a new form of art called Expressionism, sought to strip away the artifice and reveal the turbulent conflict beneath using a combination of uncompromising subject matter, suppressed sexuality, and psychological introspection in their paintings

With a National Art Pass you get

50% off exhibitions

Ready to discover more? Choose your pass


Exhibitions and events at National Gallery


Exhibitions nearby

Back to top