THE VISIONS OF ARNOLD SCHÖNBERG
Arnold Schönberg (Vienna, 1874 – Los Angeles, 1951) ranks among the most important and innovative composers of the twentieth century. Though less well-known, his contribution as a painter to modern art is also noteworthy in its own right. The SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE FRANKFURT presents 150 selected paintings representing the Expressionist oeuvre of thus great innovator. His paintings, which earned early praise from such contemporaries as Kandinsky and Jawlensky but were a focus of controversy within the artists’ group “Der Blaue Reiter”, have lost nothing of their visionary power over the years.
The exhibition is being accompanied by performances of some of Schönberg’s most outstanding musical compositions by the Frankfurt Museumsorchester der Oper Frankfurt under the direction of Paolo Carignani, the Ensemble Modern, the Walter Levin and the Basler Streichquartett, Stefan Litwin and others.
Edited by Max Hollein and Blazenka Perica, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, with texts by Otto Breicha, Robert Fleck, Daniel Libeskind, Karin von Maur, Christian Meyer, Hermann Nitsch, Nuria Schoenberg Nono, Blazenka Perica, Franz Pomassl, Simon Starling, and Ferdinand Zehentreiter, 250 pages, German and English, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, ISBN 3-7757-1133-3.