Activities 2017

In 2017, the new Catalogue Raisonné of all paintings by Oskar Kokoschka goes online
In 2017, a Catalogue Raisonné of all paintings by Oskar Kokoschka will go online, offering both researchers and all those interested in the artist an unprecedented access to his work. The research team, directed by Katharina Erling and Walter Feilchenfeldt, and Sabine Kaufmann as the scientific project coordinator, will update the first volume of the catalogue raisonné of Johannes Winkler and Katharina Erling, published in 1995; a second part will make available all references regarding the paintings from 1930 to 1980. A print edition of the second volume of the Catalogue Raisonné, sponsored by the Oskar Kokoschka Foundation, is currently being prepared by Katharina Erling.

Owners of paintings which can provide information on particular about new locations are kindly asked to contact the curator of the foundation: Ms. Aglaja Kempf,

At the end of 2016, the Oskar Kokoschka Foundation returned its collection to the Jenisch Museum in Vevey, after it had been deposited with the Kunstmuseum Appenzell for the duration of the restoration of the Vevey museum. Throughout the year 2017, the Foundation will put a focus on the management of its collections, i.e. works by Oskar Kokoschka (nearly 2’300 inventory numbers), and objects of the artist's personal collection (270 inventory numbers). After their long removal from the traditional place of conservation, the holdings will be reappraised, and a new inventory needs to be made accessible in a digitized database. In addition, new condition reports will be established, and the framing of the works will undergo examination.

Oskar Kokoschka. The paintings
31 March – 1st October 2017 and 27 October 2017 4 February 2018
Espace Kokoschka, Musée Jenisch, Vevey

On the occasion of the launch of Oskar Kokoschka's online catalogue raisonné of paintings, this exhibition focuses on the pictorial masterpieces of the Foundation's collection, spanning from 1906 to 1973 and covering all periods of the artist's life.

When Kokoschka began his education in Vienna, the city was one of Europe's foremost spots where the frontiers separating fine arts from decorative arts were constantly challenged and redefined. Accordingly, Kokoschka followed courses in painting at a School for Applied Arts, and he was discovered by the architect Adolf Loos when he exhibited at the Kunstschau of 1908 which proved to be a landmark for Vienna's modernist movement. As other expressionists, Kokoschka then realized many figure paintings from models in movement, and he adopted the search for movement for his city views and landscapes alike when he painted them in dynamic brushstrokes and from high-angle view points.

In reaction to the infamous Munich exhibition of 1937 which denounced him as a "degenerate" artist, Kokoschka took to treat overtly political topics in some of his paintings. Throughout his life, Kokoschka continued to paint, while at the same time creating watercolors, drawings, and lithographs.

Musée Jenisch Vevey

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Oskar Kokoschka
19 November 2017 – 22 April 2018
Davos, Kirchner Museum

The Oskar Kokoschka Foundation will be a partner in this comprehensive exhibition dedicated to two major figures of expressionism in Germany and Austria, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) and Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980). Focusing on the period from 1905 to the end of the 1930s, the exhibition points to the parallels that have marked the paths of both artists, especially in their beginnings, and it shows their work in engaging dialogue. Each artist is represented by circa one hundred works, paintings, drawings and engravings among them.