The Fine Art Room November Social
– Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna at the Royal Academy, Piccadilly
Thursday 29 November, 3.30pm – late, free*
*Exhibition ticket, travel and meal cost not included (see below for more info)
Image: Egon Schiele, Seated Female Nude, Elbows Resting on Right Knee (1914). Pencil, gouache on Japan paper, 48 x 32 cm (The Albertina Museum, Vienna)

Join us as we enjoy rare and fragile drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele that offer intimate insights into their artistic relationship and differing creative processes. The drawings have been loaned by the Albertina Museum in Vienna in the centenary year of both artists’ deaths.

These key drawings reveal how each artist were influenced by each other and led to a friendly rivalry. Early sketches show how Schiele, in his own words, first “went by way of Klimt,” before the expressive power and searing directness of his mature work in turn left a mark on his older colleague. Both revelled in the immediacy of drawing, an ideal medium for exploring new ideas of modernity, subjectivity and the erotic.

Gustav Klimt – Two Studies of a Standing Nude, 1897-98. (Study for the oil sketch for ‘Medicine’).Black chalk. 47.8 x 31.4 cm (The Albertina Museum, Vienna)

 The Klimt / Schiele: Drawings show is a unique opportunity to see some of the 20th century’s most important works on paper – amongst them Klimt’s sketches for his seminal Beethoven Frieze, and unflinching self-portraits by Schiele – which due to their delicacy will not see the light of day again for many years. The exhibition contains around 100 portraits, landscapes, nudes and erotic drawings which demonstrate two icons of Modernism at their most raw and revealing.

Egon Schiele, The Cello Player, 1910. Black chalk, watercolour on packing paper. 44.7 x 31.2 cm. (The Albertina Museum, Vienna)

Meeting in the afternoon, we will go into the exhibition where you’ll get the chance to browse the works for around 2 hours / until closing time at 6pm, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the work and sketch if  you wish. If you have time following the exhibition, you can enjoy the RA’s permanent collections.

We will then meet up again to walk to our restaurant for the evening – Bill’s – where we can discuss the exhibition. Bill’s is on Brewer Street and offers a range of dishes including gluten free options. It is approximately 15 minutes walk away in Soho. The restaurant is also a short walk away from Piccadilly Circus tube station. 

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Event details

We will meet in the courtyard of the Royal Academy around 3.30 then go upstairs to the exhibition.  Later we will regroup around 6pm and walk to the restaurant for dinner around 6.30pm.

The November Social is free. However, you will need to pay for:

  • Your travel to and from The Royal Academy / Bill’s (nearest Tube station Green Park / Piccadilly Circus)
  • Your exhibition ticket (see below)
  • Your meal and drinks at the restaurant.

Your Exhibition ticket
– Tickets for the exhibition go on sale soon
– Please buy your tickets for the 4pm timeslot to allow extra time for delays / visits to the cloakroom etc.
– You can also join us for just the exhibition part of the day if you don’t want to come to the restaurant afterwards
– Please let us know if you intend on coming to the exhibition and dinner or just the dinner before buying your exhibition ticket.

Exhibition ticket prices to be confirmed

Book your place

Places for the November Social are first come, first served.
Number of places: 15. 
To book your place, please fill in the form below.

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