The Belvedere is set to continue its focus on the role of women within Viennese modernism by dedicating an exhibition to Elena Luksch-Makowsky (1878-1967), a leading female figure in the movement.
Born into a family of artists in 1878, Luksch-Makowsky came into contact with numerous artists during her childhood as she travelled around Europe with her mother. Her family encouraged her to develop her artistic talents, and between 1894-96 she studied at the Russian Academy of Arts in Saint Petersburg.
Luksch-Makowsky started her career by painting realistic images of the Russian countryside. However, after marrying her husband Richard Luksch in 1900 and then moving to Vienna, Luksch-Makowsky abandoned this style and instead became closely associated with The Vienna Secession; a movement that aimed to challenge the dominance of the official Vienna Academy of Arts and establish a greater degree of contact with artistic ideas outside Austria. Between 1901 and 1903, Luksch-Makowsky participated in the Vienna Secession exhibitions and spent the following years adding to the collection of works associated with the movement.
Although she continued painting and sculpting throughout her life, this exhibition focuses on the former part of her career.