Erotic works of art are sacred too! Egon Schiele, letter to his uncle Leopold Czihaczek, 1911. 1 918. As the roar of the First World War cannons is dying out, in Vienna, the heart of Central Europe, a golden age comes to an end. The Austro-Hungarian Empire is beginning to disintegrate. On the night of October 31st, in the bed of his home, Egon Schiele dies, one of the 20 million deaths caused by the Spanish flu. He dies looking at the invisible evil in the face, in the only way he can do: painting it. He is 28 years old. Only a few months earlier, the main hall of the Secession building had welcomed his works: 19 oil paintings and 29 drawings. His first successful exhibition, a celebration of a new painting idea that portrays the restlessness and desires of mankind. A few months earlier, his teacher and friend Gustav Klimt had died. From the turn of the century, he had fundamentally changed the feeling of art and founded a new group: the Secession. The documentary film Klimt & Schiele – Eros and Psyche (working title), will recount this extraordinary season: a magical moment for art, literature, and music, in which new ideas are circulated, Freud discovers the drives of the psyche, and women begin to claim their independence. An age that revealed the abysses of the ego, in which today we’re still reflecting ourselves. The film will take us through 5 stunning exhibitions: -Vienna 1900. Klimt – Moser – Gerstl – Kokoschka (Leopold Museum); -Egon Schiele. The Jubilee Show (Leopold Museum); -Gustav Klimt (Leopold Museum); -Beyond Klimt. New Horizons in Central Europe (Belvedere) -Stairway to Klimt. Eye to Eye with Klimt & Nuda Veritas (Kunsthistorischesmuseum). Selling Points • A documentary on the beginning of a new era, the Secession, revealing human, artistic and historical angles • A tour starting from historical cafés, exhibitions and museums in Vienna, passing through Klimt’s atelier, Freud’s house, Staatsoper Theatre, to Neulengbach, the town where Egon Schiele lived and where he was imprisoned in 1912, to Ravenna, Klimt’s frequent travel destination and to the Neue Galerie in New York. • An in-depth look at images of extraordinary visual power: going from the enchanting enveloping decorations of Klimt’s works, to the anguished linework of Egon Schiele in his magnetic nudes and in the contorted figures • The revealing of a nocturnal Vienna, full of perturbing masked balls and dreams imbued with sexuality • Wide target audience: -general audience (human, historical and artistic-in depth study) -art lovers (a stunning revealing of Klimt and Schiele’s masterpieces) -youth (the technology and the “Photographic” scenes bring an emotional element).
-schools (huge educational value)
Produced by 3D produzioni and Nexo Digital
Status: In production Format: 2D | 4K Theatrical version: 90′