21st August and 23rd August – 3rd September 2012
The mastery of Gustav Klimt, as he would’ve reached his 150th birthday this year, will be celebrated the world over this summer, not least via two Lazarides events.
The first is a live street art event with ten street artists taking part (these include Mode2, Vhils, Ron English and Lucy McLaughlin) on 21st August. They will be painting and creating live artworks on large two metre square boards, which visitors can watch on a screen the height of two double decker buses.
The second celebration of the legendary Klimt will culminate in a show at Lazarides’ Rathbone Place gallery, where the artworks will be displayed for all to see.
Klimt was born in 1862 and died in 1918. His works focused primarily on a bold type of eroticism for their time mainly through the female form, and contributed heavily to the rise of the Vienna Succession movement. At the turn of the 20th century, three of his works were labelled ‘pornographic.’ Klimt once wrote a quote from Friedrich Schiller above one of his works that read: ”If you cannot please everyone with your deeds and your art, please a few. To please many is bad.”
‘Klimt Illustrated’ (23rd August – 3rd September) featuring various artists including Ron English, Vhils, Lucy McLaughlin and Mode2.
Lazarides gallery, 11 Rathbone Place, W1T 1HR
Opening hours: Tues-Sat: 11am – 7pm.
Live art at Grosvenor Gardens (21st August)
Grosvenor Gardens, SW1W OBP
Time: 12pm- 8pm