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Earlier Exhibitions

Early drawings of girls by Oskar Kokoschka (1908 – 1932)

Musée Jenisch Vevey
14 June 2016 – 31 January 2017

The Fondation Oskar Kokoschka holds numerous depictions of young girls from all periods of the artist’s creative life. In his reminiscences, his master student Friedrich Karl Gotsch recalled Kokoschka’s penchant for child models when teaching at the Dresden Art Academy (1919 – 1923): “These creatures were given brightly coloured cloths in which they wrapped themselves and played out masquerades. It was desired of them that they should be in constant motion, though they should not move too restlessly. We were supposed to learn to grasp what was important”. The girl in Kokoschka’s watercolour Girl with green loincloth is using just such a cloth. The exhibition is supplemented by several precious drawings from a Swiss private collection, including the Dancing semi-nude girl lifting her skirt from 1908.
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Kokoschka’s travels to North Africa. An imagined Orient

Musée Jenisch Vevey
23 February – 29 May 2016

The Fondation Oskar Kokoschka possesses two paintings that Kokoschka made in 1928 and 1929, in Algeria and in Egypt respectively: the Marabout of Témacine and Arab Women. Despite his direct contact with the locals, the artist’s travel reports describe an Orient that is more imagined than truly experienced. He pictures the Marabout as a descendant of Aisha, “the last wife of Mohammed … who with her sons had engaged in a heroic struggle to try and achieve the independence of the Berber peoples”. Postcards served as templates for him when painting his Arab Women, and these are still extant today in the artist’s archives, held by the Zentralbibliothek Zurich. In February 1965, Kokoschka travelled through Morocco for a month, and there had the opportunity to see demonstrations of the so-called “Fantasia”. This was a traditional equestrian display in the Maghreb that had been one of the best-loved motives of Orientalist painters since Delacroix. Kokoschka used his journey to create a series of 18 lithographs entitled Marrakesh. The present exhibition shows his preliminary sketches for this work, including views of camel markets, oriental architecture and scenes of the aforementioned equestrian games.
Musée Jenisch Vevey

Oskar Kokoschka and Alma Mahler – a tragic love affair

Musée Jenisch Vevey
20 October 2015 – 7 February 2016

Kokoschka first met Alma Mahler, the widow of the composer Gustav, on 12 April 1912 in Vienna. This was the beginning of a tragic love story that would come to an end just three years later. The exhibition will show many of the drawings and lithographs in which Kokoschka depicted all the ups and downs of their relationship, often in allegorical form. They include his illustrations to The Chinese wall (1914) by Karl Kraus, the twelve chalk lithographs Columbus in chains (1913), the Bachkantate, published in 1914, and the illustrations for his poem Allos Makar (1914). The title of this poem is an anagram of the names Alma and Oskar. In his drama Orpheus and Eurydice, written in 1916/17 and first performed in Frankfurt in 1921, Kokoschka worked through his failed relationship with Alma. Here, Alma appears as Eurydice, while Kokoschka identified himself with the mythological singer who descended into the underworld to rescue his beloved from the power of Hades.

In order to console himself over the loss of his lover, Kokoschka commissioned the Munich doll maker Hermine Moos to create a life-size doll after Alma’s likeness in July 1918. The doll was designed according to Kokoschka’s own descriptions. Although the result was a bitter disappointment to him, he used this fetish doll in several paintings and drawings.
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The dreaming boys
Musée Jenisch Vevey
26 May – 4 October 2015

In October 1907, Kokoschka wrote his first poetic work, The dreaming boys, which is regarded as a central work in secessionist book design and a landmark in the poetry of early Expressionism. The first page of the book features a dedication to Klimt, who had helped launch Kokoschka’s artistic career. The poem comprises a disjointed series of dreams and images, reminiscent of fairy tales, that Kokoschka illustrated with eight colour lithographs between November 1907 and January 1908. The roughly two hundred lines of the poem are printed to the right of the lithographs. There is no punctuation and the text is in lower case letters throughout. People, anthropomorphic plants, exotic birds, lakes, islands, meadows and ships illustrate the verses in vibrant colours. The angular contours of the figures already signal a turning away from Viennese art nouveau and the beginnings of Expressionism. This work was commissioned by Fritz Waerndorfer, the director of the Wiener Werkstätte (the “Viennese workshops”) and was actually supposed to have been a fairy-tale book for children. Instead, the result was what the poet Albert Ehrenstein once called “Kokoschka’s puberty picture book”. The poem describes in the first person the awakening of sexuality in a boy at puberty, whose fears and hesitant approaches to the opposite sex are expressed in dreams and metaphors.

Homage to Olda Kokoschka 

Musée Jenisch Vevey
17 February – 17 May 2015 

To commemorate her 100th birthday, the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka is holding an exhibition in honour of its founder, Olda Kokoschka. Oldriska Aloisie, who throughout her life was called Olda, was born in Prague on 3 February 1915. She first met the artist Oskar Kokoschka in her parents’ house in autumn 1934; he was almost thirty years older than her. In March 1938 Olda completed her legal studies with a doctorate at the Charles University in Prague. A few months before Hitler’s destruction of “rump” Czechoslovakia by Germany, she succeeded in getting two tickets for a flight to London. On 17 October 1938, she and Kokoschka were able to evade the Nazis by fleeing into exile in England. On 15 May 1941 they married in an air-raid shelter that was serving as a makeshift registrar’s office because Great Britain was at the time being bombed heavily by the Luftwaffe. Olda and Oskar Kokoschka moved to Villeneuve by the banks of Lake Geneva in 1953. In 1988, eight years after the death of her husband, Olda set up the “Fondation à la mémoire de Oskar Kokoschka” (“Foundation in memory of Oskar Kokoschka”), and chose to situate it in the town of Vevey, just a few miles from her home. She donated to the Fondation all the pictures that she had at her disposal and, right up to her death, she continued to augment its collection through further acquisitions and gifts. She died in Montreux on 22 June 2004. At this exhibition, the Fondation will show the Double portrait of Oskar and Olda Kokoschka, painted in 1963, which according to Olda Kokoschka’s wishes has been held by the Museum der Moderne Rupertinum in Salzburg since 1976. The exhibition will also feature a series of nine crayon drawings from the artist’s years in Prague (1934–1938) and several late watercolours of Olda Kokoschka, painted by her husband.

Oskar Kokoschka, 1915–1917: From war artist to pacifist

Musée Jenisch Vevey
6 November 2014 – 1 February 2015 

On the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914, the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka is presenting a selection of his works that document the transformation that Kokoschka underwent between 1915 and 1917 as a result of his war experiences. On 28 July 1914 Austro-Hungary declared war on the kingdom of Serbia. Since Kokoschka was 28 years old he was liable for military service and had to reckon on being called up at any time. His friend and mentor Adolf Loos enjoyed good relations with the Army General Staff, and this allowed Kokoschka to join the most exclusive cavalry regiment of the Dual Monarchy: the Imperial-Royal Regiment of Dragoons “Archduke Josef” No. 15. On 29 August 1915 Kokoschka was badly wounded near Volodymyr-Volynsky in Ukraine. On 29 March 1916 he applied to the war press bureau to become a war artist. After Italy declared war in May 1915, the Austro-Hungarian army fought in the Isonzo Valley in what is today Slovenia. Kokoschka was sent there in mid-July 1916 and by the end of August he had drawn some 30 pictures of troop movements, gun emplacements and ruined villages, mostly in coloured chalk. After being wounded a second time, Kokoschka became a pacifist and from 1917 onwards worked on an anti-war portfolio that can be understood as a modern variant of the Grandes Misères de la guerre by Jacques Callot (1633) and of Desastres de la guerra by Goya (1810–1814).

Oskar Kokoschka as photographed by Erling Mandelmann

Musée Jenisch Vevey
13 September – 1 November 2014

As part of the “Images” photography festival held every two years in Vevey, the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka is organising an exhibition of photographs of Kokoschka in collaboration with the photographer Erling Mandelmann, who was born in Copenhagen in 1935. Mandelmann went in and out of Kokoschka’s house for years. He was one of the artist’s favourite photographers, as we can see from the many photos he made of Kokoschka and from a letter of recommendation that the latter wrote in 1963 to the Swiss painter, art critic and writer Walter Kern. Kokoschka asked Kern to publish photos by Mandelmann in the Swiss monthly magazine Das Werk: “There is a young Danish photographer, Erling Mandelmann, whom I recommend warmly to you; it would be very deserving for him to get a recommendation in ‘Werk’, accompanied by examples of his work, in which technical means support a truly vibrant imagination”.
Erling Mandelmann

Drawings by Kokoschka from Swiss private collections

Musée Jenisch Vevey
7 July – 7 September 2014

After settling in Switzerland in 1953, Kokoschka found friends, patrons and clients there who collected his works over the years. This exhibition shows superb drawings from Swiss private collections, including works from the 1920s and ’30s that have never before been seen in public.
Musée Jenisch Vevey

“Homage to Hellas”: Views of Kokoschka’s round trip through Greece in 1961

Musée Jenisch Vevey
31 March – 29 June 2014

Between 1 October and 24 November 1961, Oskar Kokoschka went on a journey through Greece that took him to Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Sparta, Cape Sounion and Aegina. Kokoschka made numerous drawings during his journey, and these formed the basis of 26 chalk lithographs printed by Hans Christians in Hamburg in 1964, accompanied by texts from Classical authors. They show views of temples in Athens, Delphi, Aegina and Olympia and sculptures and tomb reliefs from the National Archaeological Museum and the Acropolis Museum in Athens. In his autobiography, published in 1971, Kokoschka wrote, looking back, that “Greece is for all of us an ideal like the Garden of Eden. Why? Perhaps because it was there that man realised best what it is to be human”.
In the same room, the photographer Volker Hagendorf will show photographs of Kokoschka that were taken in 1964 during the opening of an exhibition of these lithographs that was held in the Galerie Tangente in Freiburg im Breisgau.
Musée Jenisch Vevey

Still lives by Oskar Kokoschka – Watercolours and crayon drawings

Musée Jenisch Vevey
1 December 2013 – 23 March 2014

This exhibition features a selection of the most beautiful still lives from the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka. A year after fleeing to London to escape the Nazis (1938), a lack of models prompted Kokoschka to begin painting watercolours of flowers. During the Second World War he undertook numerous trips through Scotland and Wales, armed with a folder containing crayons and sketchbooks. He drew dead fish by the seashore, the prey of hunters in the fields, and still lives of fruit. The highpoint of this exhibition is the oil painting Flowers in a vase from 1959, which the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka was able to acquire in 2013.
Musée Jenisch Vevey

Masterworks from the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka

Musée Jenisch Vevey
6 June – 30 November 2013
Vernissage of the exhibition: 6 June, 18:30 pm

The Fondation Oskar Kokoschka is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with an exhibition of the most beautiful paintings in its collection. The choice of works on display allows us to look back over all the artist’s creative phases, from his beginnings as a student at the Vienna School of Decorative Arts in 1906 to the last years of his life.

Oskar Kokoschka visits Rolf Gérard – A posthumous reunion of two artists

Fondazione Rolf Gérard, Ascona
4 May – 29 September 2013

The two artists Rolf Gérard and Oskar Kokoschka first met seventy years ago in London. Kokoschka was 57 years old at the time and an internationally celebrated artist, so his relationship with Gérard – his junior by 23 years – was that of an honoured master and an inquisitive student.

Kokoschka’s Bach Cantata in pictures and music

Musée Jenisch Vevey
1 March – 31 May 2013

The Fondation Oskar Kokoschka is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with Kokoschka’s favourite Bach cantata, O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, which visitors can experience in both pictures and music. Busoni’s pupil Leo Kestenberg played and explained the work to Kokoschka and thereby helped inspire him to the series of lithographs entitled O Ewigkeit – Du Donnerwort, Bachkantate (‘O eternity, thou word of thunder, Bach cantata’) that was published in Berlin by Fritz Gurlitt in 1916/17.

Oskar Kokoschka’s View of Antiquity

Musée Jenisch in Vevey
3 November 2012 – 2 February 2013

Kokoschka’s artistic and literary oeuvre is testament to an intensive, lifelong engagement with Classical Antiquity. His earliest drama, Mörder, Hoffnung der Frauen (Murderer, hope of women, 1909) includes dramatic elements from the Oresteia by Aeschylus and from Kleist’s Penthesilea.

Masterworks from the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka

Musée Jenisch in Vevey
23 June 2012 – 28 October 2012

In order to inaugurate the new Kokoschka Hall of the Musée Jenisch in Vevey, the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka will exhibit the best works from its collection.

Oskar Kokoschka – Wunderkammer / Cabinet de curiosités

Museum Liner Appenzell
11 July 2010 – 9 January 2011
Musée des Beaux-Arts de La Chaux-de-Fonds
14 May 2011 – 4 September 2011

Throughout his life, Kokoschka was a passionate collector, as proven by some 300 objects that have been preserved by the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka. This exhibition showed for the first time a selection of objects from Kokoschka’s collection in his villa in Villeneuve. A comparison of individual pieces with his pictures makes evident that many of them served the artist as objects of study – for they are to be found again in oil paintings, watercolours and lithographs.
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«Spur im Treibsand» – Oskar Kokoschka neu gesehen. Briefe und Bilder

Zentralbibliothek Zürich
14 April – 2 October 2010

This exhibition displayed unknown manuscripts, drawings and photographs from the artist’s written estate, held by the Zentralbibliothek Zürich, plus works in the possession of the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka. Pictures and texts illuminated and complemented each other, like pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. 

«I love Jenisch» - Voyage au cœur des collections

Musée Jenisch Vevey
22 February – 17 August 2008

Under the motto ‘I love Kokoschka’ this exhibition, held in a hall of the Musée Jenisch, showed five paintings and graphic art in the possession of the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka.

Kokoschka et la musique / Kokoschka and music

Musée Jenisch Vevey
7 July – 15 September 2007

This exhibition showed a selection of some 60 works that illustrated the intimate relationship that Kokoschka had to music and to the most famous musicians of the 20th century. His circle of friends included the composers Anton von Webern and Alban Berg, the conductor Wilhelm Furtwängler, the pianists Sviatoslav Richter and Rudolf Serkin and the violinist Yehudi Menuhin. Also on display were photographs of Kokoschka’s Magic Flute production in Salzburg in 1955 and scores of composers such as Paul Hindemith, who was the first to make an opera from one of the artist’s stage works.

Early graphic work of Kokoschka, 1906 – 1923

Musée Jenisch Vevey
13 November 2006 – 17 January 2007

This exhibition united the most important works of Kokoschka’s graphic art from the period 1906 to 1923, including his postcards for the Wiener Werkstätte, the colour lithographs for his first poetic work, Die träumenden Knaben (‘The dreaming boys’), his illustrations to Karl Kraus’s Die chinesische Mauer (‘The Chinese Wall’) and his lithograph series Der gefesselte Kolumbus  (‘The captive Columbus’) and Die Bachkantate (‘The Bach cantata’).

Paintings and graphic art from the collection of the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka

Musée Jenisch Vevey 
1 July – 12 September 2006

In five halls of the Musée Jenisch, paintings, pastels, watercolours, drawings and lithographs by Kokoschka were shown.

Oskar Kokoschka. Erlebnis des Augen-Blicks. Aquarelle und Zeichnungen

Bucerius Kunst Forum, Hamburg
26 November 2005 5 February 2006  

Under the auspices of the Kokoschka specialist Heinz Spielmann, the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg organized a retrospective with Kokoschka’s watercolours and drawings from seven decades. The greater number of exhibits came from the collection of the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka; further items came on loan from private collections, the Albertina in Vienna, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, the Leopold Museum in Vienna and others. 

Kokoschka. Beziehungen zur Schweiz

Seedamm Kulturzentrum, Pfäffikon
13 November  2005 – 5 February 2006

The topic of this exhibition was Kokoschka’s early travels to Switzerland; his large exhibitions in Basel, Berne and above all in the Zurich Kunsthaus; his contact with Swiss collectors, museum staff, patrons and art dealers; his Swiss landscape paintings; and his decision to settle down near the Lake of Geneva, where he was resident for longer than anywhere else, from 1953 to his death in 1980.

Paintings and graphic art from the collection of the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka

Musée Jenisch Vevey
1 July – 28 September 2005

This exhibition showed a selection of works in the possession of the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka. At the centre of the exhibition was the newly acquired painting Crucifixion from 1911.

Hommage à Olda Kokoschka

Musée Jenisch Vevey
2 July – 18 September 2004

In honour of Olda Kokoschka, who died on 22 June 2004, the Musée Jenisch showed in two halls a commemorative exhibition with works from the foundation that she had created.

Alles OK – Oskar Kokoschka, ‹Schule des Sehens›, 1906 – 1976

Kunsthaus Apolda Avantgarde, Apolda
7 June – 7 September 2003  

The goal of this exhibition was to use selected works from the collection of the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka in order to give visitors an overview of all of the artist’s creative periods, from 1906 to 1976.

Kokoschka nomade

Musée Jenisch Vevey
13 April – 8 September 2002

Kokoschka called himself a cosmopolitan and a vagabond, for throughout his life he travelled the world and stayed in many countries and capital cities such as Berlin, Paris, Prague and London. Between 1924 and 1930 he travelled back and forth across Europe, Asia Minor and North Africa. This exhibition showed paintings, drawings and lithographs of cities and landscapes that Kokoschka saw on his travels.

Werke der Stiftung Oskar Kokoschka

Kunsthalle Emden
20 October 2001 – 20 January 2002

Some 150 works from all of Oskar Kokoschka’s creative periods were lent to the Kunsthalle in Emden for this exhibition.

Oskar Kokoschka - von Pöchlarn in die Welt

Oskar-Kokoschka Documentation
Pöchlarn 2000

In 1973, the Association for the Research and Documentation of the Work of Oskar Kokoschka was founded, based in the house where he was born in Pöchlarn. The Association organized this exhibition there, together with the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka.

Oskar Kokoschka. Peintures et œuvres sur papier. Vienne 1906 – Paris 1931

Musée-Galerie de la Seita, Paris
29 December 1998 – 7 March 1999

This exhibition united 96 works belonging to the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka and the collection of Serge and Vally Sabarsky in New York.

Oskar Kokoschka. L’œuvre gravé (1906 – 1923)

Musée Félicien Rops, Namur
19 June – 23 August 1998

This exhibition showed a selection of graphic art from the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka.

Oskar Kokoschka

Hôtel de Ville, Bruxelles
16 June – 30 September 1998

This exhibition was realized by the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka.

Œuvres graphiques d’Oskar Kokoschka des années 1906 à 1923

Musée Jenisch Vevey
7 February – 20 April 1997

This exhibition took place in several halls, showing watercolours, drawings and lithographs by the artist.

Werke der Oskar Kokoschka-Stiftung im Museum Jenisch, Vevey

Rupertinum, Salzburg
20 July – 13 October 1996

Oskar Kokoschka – Viaggi e figure

Museo Villa dei Cedri, Bellinzona
30 March – 2 July 1995

This exhibition showed paintings, drawings and lithographs of cities and landscapes to which Kokoschka travelled in the course of his life.

Collection de la Fondation Oskar Kokoschka

Musée Jenisch Vevey
5 June – 16 October 1994

This exhibition showed in several halls the most beautiful works in the possession of the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka.

Oskar Kokoschka – Buntes Tagebuch

Oskar-Kokoschka-Dokumentation
Pöchlarn, 1993

This exhibition was realized in collaboration with the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka.

Peintures et aquarelles de Kokoschka dans la collection de la Fondation Oskar Kokoschka

Musée Jenisch Vevey
15 August – 30 October 1993

In five halls of the Musée Jenisch, paintings and watercolours were shown that belong to the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka.

Oskar Kokoschka - Lebensspuren

Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesmuseum, Kloster Cismar, 28 June – 25 October 1992, Landesmuseum Mainz, 15 November 1992 – 17 January 1993

This exhibition showed selected paintings, watercolours and drawings belonging to the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka, dating from 1906 to 1976.

Oksar Kokoschka – Souvenirs de voyages

Musée Jenisch Vevey
16 June – 27 September 1992

This exhibition showed drawings and the sketchbooks in which Kokoschka sketched on his travels.

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