Confronting our own Fin-de-siècle
Gavin Plumley compares today's life and culture to art and politics in the Austro-Hungarian Empire 100 years ago.
Gavin Plumley is a writer and musicologist. He is Vice President of the Gustav Mahler Society UK and has spoken at the Freud Museum, Tate, V&A, Neue Galerie New York, Royal Opera House and the Southbank Centre. He commissions and edits the English-language programme notes for the Salzburg Festival and has been published in magazines, newspapers and journals.
On Mondays and Thursdays, focus in on one painting with our talks in the Gallery, or explore wider themes in the collection at our in-depth theatre talks.
Image above: Detail from Gustav Klimt, 'Portrait of Amalie Zuckerkandl', 1917–18 © Belvedere, Vienna. Donated by Vita and Gustav Künstler
The events programme for 'Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900' is kindly supported by Martin Halusa