Klimt & the Beethoven Frieze with Gilles Gubelmann - Context Travel

Klimt & the Beethoven Frieze with Gilles Gubelmann


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In this conversation, we will be led through 'the Beethoven Frieze' in all its sensual, symbolistic, byzantine, and poetic beauty. Gustav Klimt created the artwork in Vienna at the beginning of the 20th century. At the time, this Austrian city was the capital of a huge empire, situated at a crossroads of centuries, artistic tendencies, and political changes. We must not forget that Freud had just published his work "Analysis of Dreams". Set against this backdrop, we will discover this emblematic work, layer after layer, following its musical dimension and culminating in the Final Choral, inspired by Beethoven's 9th symphony. We will conclude by following the very unusual history of the frieze, which has returned to its original location.

Led by artist, musician, and antique expert Gilles Gubelmann, this interactive seminar will address Klimt's artwork in-depth. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with a better understanding of Klimt and Beethoven.

Swiss artist Gilles Gubelmann studied piano and dance at the Geneva Conservatory. He then worked for many years as an expert for arts and antiques in an important Swiss Auction House (Koller Auctions) where he was director of the Department of Antique Furniture and Decorative Arts. He realized a dream and moved to Venice where he started working as a painter and as an opera set and costume designer all over Europe and also deepening his knowledge of art history and architecture. Settled now in Vienna, Gilles continues his artistic activities, works as a lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts, and highly enjoys uncovering the rich cultural and artistic heritage of Vienna to curious travelers.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Fascinating Subject

It's hard to imagine a better way to get to know the Beethoven Frieze, short of a trip to Vienna. Gilles Gubelmann provided an excellent presentation on a fascinating subject.

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G.

I would recommend that participants are given clear instructions for how to best ask questions. The host/scholar should fully read questions and participant's name in the Chat before answering them.

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K.

I've already signed up for more. This is a great idea to keep your guides and company going during this COVID emergency, as well as providing a very welcome relief from all the horrors.

J
J.

I would love the presenters to give book and/or movie recommendations. It would be great if they could email these out to participants after each conversation. This way, I could explore the topics more on my own. Also, if we could have access to the power point presentation slides it would be great. I understand that the presenters may have an issue with having their work out there for others to appropriate, but if participants could have limited access to it (say, 24 hours) it would allow us to review and take notes on things we may have missed in the live presentation.

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W.

It seems these conversation are getting better over time. We have done four? so far and some of the presenters are starting to take advantage of the ability to display art in detail as well as videos.

Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
80%
(4)
20%
(1)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
0%
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A
A.W.
Fascinating Subject

It's hard to imagine a better way to get to know the Beethoven Frieze, short of a trip to Vienna. Gilles Gubelmann provided an excellent presentation on a fascinating subject.

G
G.

I would recommend that participants are given clear instructions for how to best ask questions. The host/scholar should fully read questions and participant's name in the Chat before answering them.

K
K.

I've already signed up for more. This is a great idea to keep your guides and company going during this COVID emergency, as well as providing a very welcome relief from all the horrors.

J
J.

I would love the presenters to give book and/or movie recommendations. It would be great if they could email these out to participants after each conversation. This way, I could explore the topics more on my own. Also, if we could have access to the power point presentation slides it would be great. I understand that the presenters may have an issue with having their work out there for others to appropriate, but if participants could have limited access to it (say, 24 hours) it would allow us to review and take notes on things we may have missed in the live presentation.

W
W.

It seems these conversation are getting better over time. We have done four? so far and some of the presenters are starting to take advantage of the ability to display art in detail as well as videos.