He died in 1980 at the grand old age of ninety-four, yet as an artist Oskar Kokoschka never lost his youthful passion and vitality. His paintings and drawings testify to the energy and excitement he must have felt when he created them. His work radiates energy and it is this power that has gripped and influenced countless artists in diverse disciplines. Kokoschka was the great exemplar for the ‘Neue Wilde’ artists of the 1980s; playwrights honour him worldwide with homages and reinterpretations of his plays, and museums exhibit their Kokoschkas with pride. Every now and then a curator stages a special exhibition, as Beatrice von Bormann has done in Oskar Kokoschka: Portraits of People and Animals for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam.
Bregje van der Laar, the well-known guide from the Boijmans TV series, is another great fan of Oskar Kokoschka. To mark the occasion of the exhibition in her museum, Bregje brings the Austrian artist back to life in an intimate conversation based on a programme shown on German television in 1966.
Oskar Kokoschka: Portraits of People and Animals can be seen in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen until 19 January 2014
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