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Emily Braun to Speak about Klimt's Women July 28

For Immediate Release

July 16, 2002

Emily Braun will speak about the women in the paintings of Gustav Klimt and the artist's actual relationships with powerful women in a public lecture at the Clark Art Institute. Her talk, "The Women of the Secession," will be offered on Sunday, July 28, at 3:00 p.m. Braun is associate professor of 20th-century European art at Hunter College of the City University of New York. Admission is free.

Braun's lecture will combine art history, social history, biography and women's studies. She will introduce the women of Klimt's paintings and the attitudes toward women in fin-de-siecle Vienna. Braun will also discuss Klimt's women patrons, his friendship with Emilie Floge, and the life and influence of Bertha Zuckerkandl. Zuckerkandl was an art critic who played a key role in Austro-Hungarian politics and in the Secession, the avant-garde art movement of which Klimt was a part.

The public lecture is offered in connection with four exhibitions celebrating the art and architecture of Vienna: Gustav Klimt Landscapes, Josef Hoffmann: Homes of the Wittgensteins, Bernardo Bellotto: Views of Imperial Vienna, and Otto Wagner: The Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibitions are on view through September 2. Upcoming programs will be the symposium "Viennese Ghosts" on August 2 and 3 and the lecture "Jugenstil Design" by Christian Witt-Dörring of the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) on August 11. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/klimt/.

The exhibitions are part of the "The Vienna Project," a six-month series of exhibitions, programs, and special events celebrating the rich and vibrant art and culture of Vienna in the beautiful setting of the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are daily 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through September 2. Gallery admission is $10 (members, students, and children free).

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