x - Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria
29 June— 15 September 2024



The Three Ages of Woman

The exhibition dedicated to Gustav Klimt’s masterpiece The Three Ages of Woman (1905), on exceptional loan from the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, inaugurates a new cycle of exhibitions at the National Gallery of Umbria: A Masterpiece in Perugia.

Throughout the summer, the museum is offering its audience the opportunity to admire and get to know in detail a work of particular importance in the career of a celebrated artist, accompanying it with a selection of works by other contemporary artists, whose purpose is to illustrate the period when it was created, its historical and cultural context and the themes being tackled at the time. In the case of Klimt, the introduction will be furnished by Galileo Chini, author of several drawings, paintings and ceramic works on show here that were inspired by the Viennese maestro’s style.

At the beginning of the exhibition, visitors will be able to plunge deep into the world inhabited by Klimt, by exploring a virtual room – created with a contribution from the Perugia Foundation – where the artist’s most significant paintings are illustrated and a minute description is provided of The Three Ages of Woman, preparing them to observe it in person.

The exhibition design is inspired by the flavour of the Viennese Secession, of which Gustav Klimt was one of the founders. The white stereometric volume of the doorway with geometric decorations, the lozenge pattern on the walls and the dark skirting board that marks the outlines of the showcases are all quotes of the Austrian pavilion designed by Josef Hoffman for the International Exposition of Fine Arts in Rome in 1911, while the unmistakeable use of the gilded and curved lettering is a clear reference to VER SACRUM, the Secessionist journal whose iconic title was repeated beside the entrance to the Secession Building designed by Olbrich in Vienna.

To progress through the doorway is therefore very much like passing through an ideal stargate that takes visitors to admire Klimt’s work in the midst of an environment whose atmosphere and suggestion are comparable to those of the 1910 Venice Biennale, where the masterpiece of The Three Ages of Woman was shown, and of the 1911 International Exposition in Rome, which established Klimt’s undying fame also in Italy. The experience is further enhanced by the background music: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), by the Viennese composer Arnold Schoenberg.

Access to the exhibition is included in the ticket for the Gallery, which also entitles visitors to enjoy the exhibition Fulvio Roiter. Umbria: a Love Story.

Radio Monte Carlo is the official partner radio of all exhibitions at the National Gallery of Umbria.

This exhibition is part of the calendar of events of La Sottile Linea d’Umbria (The Thin Line of Umbria), the new project launched by the Italian Ministry of Culture’s Directorate General for Museums – Umbria Regional Museums Directorate and by the Region of Umbria, with a contribution from the Council of the Umbria Savings Banks Foundation and in partnership with Radio Subasio. The event also benefits from inclusion in a single ticket, which for the first time entitles holders to visit all fourteen national museums in Umbria for four months, starting from 15 June, for at the price of €15.00.

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