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Vienna - Art and Culture of Fin de Siècle Vienna Gavin Plumley Tuesday 23 April 2019

At the turn of the last century, Vienna was the capital of a vast empire and one of the most exciting artistic laboratories in the world. It produced painters such as Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka, architects like Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffmann, the psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, the composer Gustav Mahler and the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. Looking at these and others figures in the context of the society in which they worked, this talk asks how and why the City of Dreams became a cultural hotbed around 1900. 

Our Tours Secretary has linked a five day tour to Vienna, departing on May 16th 2019, to this lecture.  Contact Hilary Cramp for details.


Biographical note; A writer and broadcaster, appearing on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4 and contributing to         newspapers, magazines and opera and concert programmes worldwide. Lectures widely about the culture of  Central  Europe during the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent talks include the Royal Opera House, the National Gallery, the National Trust, the National Theatre, the British Museum, the V&A, the Southbank Centre, the Tate and the Neue Galerie, New York, as well as for history of art societies and The Art Fund.