Oskar Kokoschka, Autoportrait - Fiesole, 1948, huile sur toile, 65.5 x 55 cm, Fondation Oskar Kokoschka, Musée Jenisch Vevey
25 Years of the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka Masterworks from the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka
Masterworks from the Fondation Oskar Kokoschka
6 June to 17 November 2013
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 1904 to the last years of his life.
These masterpieces include extremely rare works such as the Madonna of Lassing (1906), his first painting with a religious theme; the Hungarian Landscape (1908), his earliest known landscape; paintings made in 1928/29 during his journey to North Africa; and the earliest portrait of his future wife, Olda.
It was Olda Kokoschka who set up the “Fondation à la mémoire de Oskar Kokoschka” in 1988. She endowed the Foundation with all the pictures that were at her disposal and until her death continued to expand its collections by means of further purchases. It is thanks to her that the Foundation today possesses the world’s largest collection of Kokoschka’s works.
In the past 25 years, the Foundation has realized numerous publications and exhibitions, both in Switzerland and abroad. Since June 2012 it has had a permanent exhibition hall at its disposal in the Musée Jenisch in Vevey.