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Opera House to present Klimt & Schiele: Eros & Psyche

Submitted Photo The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Klimt & Schiele: Eros & Psyche, a special cinematic exploration of the Austrian artists, on Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series. Arguably the most relevant Viennese artists of the late 19th, early 20th century, were Gustav Klimt and his protege and dear friend, Egon Schiele. Their work was bold, groundbreaking and achingly beautiful. This cinematic production provides an in-depth examination of their works.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House will present Klimt & Schiele: Eros & Psyche, a special cinematic exploration of the Austrian artists, on Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m. as part of its Art & Architecture On Screen Series.

In 1918, as the roar of the First World War cannons was dying out, a golden age also was coming to an end in Vienna, the heart of Central Europe.

It was the time of the Vienna Secession, a magical art movement formed in the late 1890s for art, literature and music, in which new ideas were circulated, Freud discovered the drives of the psyche and women began to claim their independence. It was a movement that marked a new era outside the confines of academic tradition.

At the heart of the Secession were arguably the most relevant Viennese artists of the late 19th, early 20th century — artists Gustav Klimt and his protege and dear friend, Egon Schiele. Their work was bold, groundbreaking and achingly beautiful.

Taking place across five stunning exhibitions with never-before-experienced access, Klimt & Schiele: Eros and Psyche recounts this extraordinary moment in art history. This cinematic production provides an in-depth examination of images of astonishing visual power: from the eroticism of Klimt’s mosaic-like works to the anguished and raw work of the young Schiele in his magnetic nudes and contorted figures. All of this presented against the backdrop of nocturnal Vienna, full of masked balls and dreams imbued with sexuality.

The production runs approximately one hour, 20 minutes.

Individual tickets to Klimt & Schiele are $15, ($10 students). A special flexible subscription of eight tickets that can be used however you want – one at a time to eight different On Screen events, all at once for eight people, or anything in between – is $116. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 716-679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.

The Art & Architecture Series is sponsored by Fredonia Place. Support also comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House is a member-supported not-for-profit organization located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.

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