Mahler & The Feminine Ideal
SEPTEMBER 30, 2018
Sunday at 2 PM
Part of the series Sight & Sound
Mahler’s Kindertotenlieder and the artwork of Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso
In the hit series Sight & Sound, conductor and music historian Leon Botstein explores the parallels between orchestral music and the visual arts. A discussion is accompanied by musical excerpts and on-screen artworks, then a full performance and audience Q&A.
In the early 1900s, artists across all genres were obsessed with the image of the feminine, depicting women as elevated aspirations for redemption and as objects of lust. Mahler was no exception. Kindertotenlieder evokes the composer’s complicated relationship with the idealization of the family and the reality of his life with his infamous wife, Alma.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Obsession: Nudes by Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso from the Scofield Thayer Collection, on view at The Met Breuer through October 7, 2018.