Notes on Stone

Venue online
Date 10 September - 20 September
UK Nation England
Anna Mahler working Courtesy of Marina Mahler
Anna Mahler Courtesy of Marina Mahler
Spoleto, home to the Mahler & LeWitt Studios, as viewed from Monteluco; photographed by Cecilia Ceccherini, artist in residence.
Anna Mahler in her London studio Courtesy of Marina Mahler
Alma Mahler and Anna Mahler Courtesy of Marina Mahler
Anna Mahler working on the ‘Tower of Masks’, 1961, now at the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, UCLA, USA. Courtesy of Marina Mahler

The extraordinary life of the Austrian-born, British sculptor Anna Mahler, the daughter of composer Gustav Mahler and Alma Schindler, who emigrated to the UK in 1938 and became a British citizen.  In a stream of consciousness, her daughter Marina retraces the main stages of Anna’s life, a “Viking”, whose wounds and unhappiness can only be healed by the strength of the stone sculptures to which she dedicated her entire life.

Anna Mahler (Notes on Stone), was produced as a Mahler & LeWitt Studios and Anna Mahler Association collaboration with the Fondazione Carla Fendi.

Mahler & LeWitt Studios

The Mahler & LeWitt Studios program of research and development residencies and associated special projects – including exhibitions, events and publications – is established around the former studios of stone sculptor Anna Mahler (1904-1988) and conceptual artist Sol LeWitt (1928-2007) in Spoleto, Umbria, Italy.

Carla Fendi

The Carla Fendi Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of contributing to the preservation of cultural heritage and values from the past, and to guarantee their continuity and future growth, primarily in the art, literature, cinema, fashion, environmental and social sectors, and in all fields of related cultural interests.

Anna Mahler (1904 – 1988)

Anna Mahler (1904 – 1988), daughter of Gustav and Alma, began her career as a painter tutored by Giorgio de Chirico in Rome. However, under the encouragement of her close friend Fritz Wotruba, she found her métier in stone sculpting, creating abstract imaginations of the human figure. She also worked in clay, sensitively moulding the personalities of bust portraits, often reputed composers or writers from the Viennese avant-garde circles.