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.
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.
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), 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.