Daily Management Review

The Oscar Kokoschka Collection: an all-encompassing curiosity


10/29/2020


This cosmopolitan artist traveled the world in search of art, as the 300 objects in his collection attest. The foundation illustrates all the painter’s artistic phases—and detours.



Expressionist artist Oscar Kokoschka (1886-1980) is known for his jagged drawings of posters published in the review Der Sturm , which marked the history of the avant-garde during the 1910s, and for his passionate affair with painter and musician Alma Mahler (1879-1964), with whom he was so in love that he commissioned Hermine Moos, the Munich theater’s costume director, to make a doll in her likeness after they separated in 1915. Today the Kokoschka Foundation in Vevey, Switzerland, highlights Kokoschka the collector. An exhibition at the Museum Liner in Appenzell, Switzerland gave us the first glimpse in 2011. Since then, the foundation has explored the monumental archives, which include 20,000 documents, and the works themselves. Read more