Wilhelm Thöny (1888–1949) was born in Graz, and not only spent a part of his life in the city, cultivating personal contacts here, but set in motion key cultural-political initiatives (founding the Grazer Secession in 1923).
Today Thöny is considered one of the most important Austrian artists of the first half of the 20th century, who can be ranked alongside such famous painters as Oskar Kokoschka, Herbert Boeckl or the artists of the Nötscher Kreis like Anton Kolig, Franz Wiegele and Anton Faistauer.
The Neue Galerie Graz owns some twenty paintings as well as around eighty graphic works of Thöny’s, which largely derive from the estate of Thöny’s widow, Thea Thöny, and which came to the Neue Galerie Collection in 1966 in the form of a foundation. In addition, the Steiermärkische Sparkasse has made over its Thöny Collection to the Neue Galerie as a permanent loan.
With this comprehensive exhibition and the catalogue raisonné that accompanies it, a long-held wish on the part of the Neue Galerie Graz and the public is finally realised, enabling an Austrian pioneer of Modernism once again to be brought closer to a wider audience.
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