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Two Gustavs: Mahler and Klint Gavin Plumley Wednesday 26 September 2018

Gustav Klimt and his colleagues broke away from the imperially endorsed art institutions in Vienna in 1897 and founded the Secession. That was the same year that Gustav Mahler arrived to take charge of the Opera House in the city. Comparing these two totemic fin-de-siècle talents, this lecture places Klimt and Mahler in context, asking what fundamentally links and, indeed, divides them.

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Gavin Plumley is a cultural historian. Well known for his work on Vienna and Central European art, music and literature, he is equally at home on Broadway and in Tolstoy’s Russia.

You can find his work in newspapers, magazines and opera and concert programmes around the world. He appears frequently on BBC Radio 3, both as a guest and as a presenter, and on BBC Radio 4. Gavin is also a commissioning editor for the Salzburg Festival.

He lectures widely and has recently given talks for the National Trust and at the National Theatre, the National Gallery, the British Museum, the BBC Proms, the Oxford Lieder Festival, Wigmore Hall, the Royal Opera House and the CBSO, in addition to being an accredited lecturer for The Arts Society and a leader of cultural tours.