Clouds. Triumph of the Ephemeral

Leopold Museum, Vienna
Until 1 June 2013

Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918), "Lake Thun with Symmetrical Reflections", 1909, Oil on canvas, Musée d’art et d’histoire, Ville de Genève © Leopold Museum

Clouds are more than just crucial to our climate and to the very existence of humanity; with their myriad shapes and fascinating optical colour effects, they are also of high aesthetic appeal. Clouds can mutate into poetic metaphors just as quickly as they can become signs of danger or omens.
This exhibition shows selected masterpieces by a diverse group of artists working between the 19th century and the present including William Turner, Claude Monet, Ferdinand Hodler, René Magritte, Max Beckmann, Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter, all of whom took an intense interest in the theme of clouds.