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Godbey Anniversary Lecture Series: The Two Gustavs: Klimt, Mahler, and Vien...

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Meadows Museum

5900 Bishop Boulevard

Gene and Jerry Jones Great Hall

Dallas, TX 75205

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The Two Gustavs: Klimt, Mahler, and Vienna’s Golden Decade
Alessandra Comini, University Distinguished Professor or Art History Emerita, Southern Methodist University


The ten years spanning 1897 to 1907 comprised Vienna’s golden decade. The arts were dominated by Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) and Gustav Mahler (1860-1911). Two Gustavs—the artist, Klimt, creator of philosophical allegories deemed pornographic and the musician, Mahler, composer of symphonies sometimes celestial, sometimes visceral—were the city’s cultural leaders. They reigned as nineteenth-century Old Vienna metamorphosed, albeit sometimes with heels dragging and anti-Semitism rife, into twentieth-century New Vienna. And linking the two Gustavs was Vienna’s greatest femme fatale, Alma Schindler Mahler.

5:15 p.m. Reception and 6:00 p.m. Lecture. Complimentary parking will be available in the Meadows Parking Center located underneath the museum.

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