From the flyer:
For the first time in Austria the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien is presenting a retrospective of the work of Balthasar Klossoski de Rola (1908-2001), called "Balthus", one of the great lone wolves among the painter personalities of the twentieth century.
Wow! I thought. And how quickly I went!
The exhibition did in fact cast light on Balthus's work as my leaflet stated.
Of particular interest to me were the so-called two important paintings. They related to Emily Bronte's wonderful novel Wuthering Heights.
Gloriously and mysteriously they faced each other across a large space. The heavenly tragical voice of Kate Bush ran through the back of my head like a moorland gale.
There's always a But.
There's always a But.
For some reason it is not permitted to take photographs even without a flash in this museum, despite the fact that one sees no obvious signing to this effect. I only discovered this by chance. The error of my ways during one of my previous visits was the presence of a camera in my hand. . Suddenly I found myself surrounded by the museum's Kunstpolizei. I was firmly ticked off and sternly told to put the offending article away.
Those who take photos with mobile phones appear to go unchallenged. Perhaps they manage to evade the wandering eye of officialdom if the phone is held to the body. I don't know. And in any case I don't fall into that category of phone user. My device is an idiot proof basic model.
And so as I wandered slowly through the halls I consoled myself that I would be able to purchase a few postcards including the ones bearing pictures of the two important paintings when I eventually passed through the obligatory museum shop on my way to the exit. Then I would be in a position to discuss with you the relationship of the two important paintings to each other and to one or two of the other paintings.
I was wrong. Mysteriously there were no Balthus postcards on sale.
And that is why dear reader we are not discussing the two important paintings here today.
Perhaps they are on the internet or the museum's website. They will be titled Cathy's Toilette and The Blanchard Children.
Personally I am now so disappointed that I can't be bothered to look.
In the reverential language of Viennese officialdom: We pray for your understanding.
Balthus Exhibition open daily: 24.2 - 19.6.2016.
Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien
Admission €11.00 Seniors €8.50