Arthur Schnitzler and Vienna 1900
Sunday, September 9, 2012, 4:00–7:30 p.m.
At the Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
Portrait of Arthur Schnitzler, 1915. Photo by Atelier Madame d’Ora.
Bildarchiv, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna. ONB/ Vienna, 203.759-D
Arthur Schnitzler—Being Jewish was created by literary historian and Schnitzler expert Lorenzo Bellettini, in collaboration with Schnitzler’s grandson, Peter Schnitzler. The performance portrays a man who is not afraid to ask difficult questions and exposes Schnitzler’s conflicted feelings about being a Jew. Following the performance, a panel discussion situates Schnitzler and his contemporaries, including Gustav Klimt, in the cultural and political context of nineteenth and early-twentieth-century Vienna. The reading will be performed by actors Annabelle Gurwitch and Sam Tsoutsouvas.
Portrait of a Lady with Cape and Hat, 1897-1898, Gustav Klimt.
Black and red crayon. Albertina, Vienna
Schnitzler's masterful stories and plays impressed Sigmund Freud (who famously called him his "double") and were admired by his contemporaries Thomas Mann and Henrik Ibsen. His writing continues to inspire creative artists; Tom Stoppard adapted several works by Schnitzler, and Stanley Kubrick based the film Eyes Wide Shut (1999) on Schnitzler's 1926 novella Dream Story.
“Like Freud, like Klimt and Schiele, my grandfather looked beneath the surface, at the hidden fantasies, deep fears and self-delusions that drive us all,” said Peter Schnitzler. “His frank treatment of sex and death put him on a collision course with the authorities and caused riots in the theater. This performance and panel discussion will illuminate both his internal conflicts and his immense talents.”
Arthur Schnitzler and Vienna 1900
Date: Sunday, September 9, 2012
Time: 4:00–7:30 p.m.
Location: Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
Admission: Free; reservations required. Visit the event site and click “Make Reservation” or call (310) 440-7300. Parking is $15.
Lorenzo Bellettini, Independent scholar
Philipp Blom, Getty Research Institute scholar
Ruth Kluger, Professor emerita, University of California, Irvine
Kenneth Reinhard, Associate professor, University of California, Los Angeles
Peter Schnitzler, Documentary filmmaker, writer, and painter
This event is organized by the Getty Research Institute and the J. Paul Getty Museum with the support of the Austrian Consulate General in Los Angeles, the Austrian-American Council West, and the Austrian Cultural Forum New York.
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