This autumn 150 paintings and drawings from private collections and major museums such as MoMA and Tate by Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980) are brought together in Rotterdam. In eight themes the exhibition offers a personal perspective of the painter around the period of the First and Second World War. From a serie of children's portraits, portraits of the Viennese elite to politically charged allegories. The exhibition begins with Kokoschka’s earliest portraits and his discovery by the famous modernist architect Adolf Loos in 1908. The exhibition ends with his last self-portrait (1971/1972). With the title Time, Gentlemen Please, the announcement for final orders in British pubs, Kokoschka prefigures his own death.
In addition to numerous portraits of people, the exhibition also features more than twenty paintings of animals. Kokoschka was fascinated by animals, in which he often detected human characteristics. He painted the Mandrill in London Zoo, outside public opening times. In the evening he was admitted to the zoo by zoologist Julian Huxley, brother of Aldous Huxley, the author of Brave New World.
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