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IF_DO was the exhibition designer for Klimt / Schiele: Drawings which ran until 3 February 2019 at the Royal Academy of Arts. 

The exhibition design draws from both secessionist architecture and early twentieth century Viennese ‘Kunst Ausstellung’ (art exhibitions). Exhibition display and design during this period often played with a sense of the domestic, featuring decorative frescos and carefully placed items of furniture. Echoing the friezes of the Kunst Ausstellung, textured paint has been applied to the gallery walls to foreshorten the ceiling height and create the effect of a more intimate domestic setting within the gallery spaces. Elegant cherry wood and brass vitrines display sketchbooks and secessionist pamphlets, and borrow from the language of Austrian furniture of the period often crafted from fruit wood; a delicate cross beam leg structure and brass cap lend a sense of Viennese refinement. At the heart of the exhibition, a dramatic monolithic wall disrupts the flow of the exhibition echoing the discomfort in the works made by Schiele during his imprisonment in 1912.

2018 marks the centenary of the deaths of two of the most celebrated and pioneering figures of early twentieth century art: Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Egon Schiele (1890-1918). Klimt / Schiele: Drawings is the first exhibition in the UK to focus on the fundamental importance of drawing to both artists. Both Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele revelled in the immediacy of drawing, exploring new ideas of modernity, subjectivity and the erotic. The exhibition comprises over 100 unique works on paper including portraits and self portraits, studies for allegorical paintings, landscapes and erotic nudes. 

“An edgy, boundary-pushing allure… Unmissable.” The Telegraph

“it’s all so intense, so beautiful, so powerful, so intimate. It’s an amazing show to lose yourself in” Time Out


Royal Academy of Arts




Royal Academy of Arts, Picadilly, London


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Colours and Tones

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