I am very excited to confirm that there are two major Richard Gerstl art exhibitions upcoming shortly in 2017, both based almost entirely on my doctoral thesis on Gerstl’s relationship with Arnold Schönberg (richardgerstl.com/thesis-2).  It is certainly most unusual, if not unprecedented, to have two major art museums, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt and Neue Galerie, New York, base such an extensive retrospective of an artist’s work purely on a thesis and, as a highly successful ex-artist manager (Smashing Pumpkins, Cocteau Twins, Sundays, Love and Rockets, Ian McCulloch etc) who chose to become a PhD and cultural historian after retiring from many years in the music business, this is an outcome of my research which, I must admit, was the last thing I expected! The details are as follows: 

Frankfurt, SCHIRN KUNSTHALLE: Exhibition –  ”Richard Gerstl – Retrospktive”  Private view: 23 February 2017. Public opening: evening, 23 February 2017 until 14 May 2017

New York, NEUE GALERIE: Exhibition – “Richard Gerstl”  Private view: 28 June 2017. Public opening: 29 June 2017 until 25 September 2017

These will be major retrospectives of Gerstl’s works, the first for many years, but whilst Frankfurt will have the largest number of Gerstl’s works, New York will be slightly smaller and perhaps focus rather more directly on Gerstl’s relationship with Arnold Schönberg. 

I am also hugely honoured to have been asked to write the complete text and chronology for the 72 paintings for the catalogue raisonné, each of which will be beautifully and individually illustrated. This will be the major part of a most sumptuous and generous catalogue to be published by both museums, which will also feature several art historical essays, including my own, although as a cultural historian, this, unsurprisingly, will tell the story of the Gerstl/Schönberg relationship and Gerstl’s tragic affair with Schönberg’s wife, Mathilde.

I must confess that this is a most exciting outcome to my thesis and research. I am now looking forward immensely to seeing Gerstl’s works exhibited under one roof. and should you get the opportunity to visit either or both of these upcoming exhibitions too, I would be absolutely delighted to hear any impressions or comments you might have.

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