Biography


1877

Alfred Leopold Isidor Kubin was born in Bohemia in the town of Litoměřice, which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
Father: Friedrich Franz Kubin, geometer (1848-1907).
Mother: Johanna (Jenny) Kletzl, pianist (1847-1887)

 


1879

Kubin family moves to Salzburg, until 1882

 


1882

Kubin family moves to Zell am See

 


1887

Gymnasium in Salzburg (until 1888)
8th May: Alfred’s mother dies

 


1888

Gemeindeschule in Zell am See (until 1891)

 


1891

Staatsgewerbeschule in Salzburg (until 1892)

 


1892

Apprentices to the landscape photographer Alois Beer,

 


1896

Attempts suicide on his mother's grave

 


1897

Short service in the Austrian army, followed by a nervous breakdown

 


1898

(Spring) München
Artistic studies at the private academy of the painter Ludwig Schmitt-Reutte

 


1900

Acquaintance with Dauthendey aun Von Weber

 


1902

Exhibition by Bruno Cassirer in Berlin

 


1903

Issue of the Weber Mappe. Travel in the Balkans
1st December: Death of Alfred’s betrothed Emmy Bayer

 


1904

February:  meeting with Max Klinger
March: Marriage with Hedwig Gründler
Wien

 


1905

Fall: South France – Italy
Winter: Paris, meeting with Odilon Redon. In München Alfred discovers the works of Edvard Munch, James Ensor, Henry de Groux and Félicien Rops.

 


1906

Moving from München to Zwickledt

 


1907

Bosnia and Dalmatia
2nd November: death of his Father

 


1908

North Italy (Venezia)
Fall: first writing of “Die andere Seite”

 


1909

Issue of  “Die andere Seite”
Travel in the Balkans mit Karl Wolfskehl
Foundation of Neue Künstlervereinigung München (N.K.V.M.) with
Starts friendship with Franz Marc

 


1910

Starts frienship with Hans Carossa un Paul Klee

 


1911

Prag – Joining with the “Blaue Reiter” group

 


1912

First drawing for “Simplizissimus”
Starts correspondence with Lyonel Feininger

 


1913

First drawing for “Simplizissimus”
Exhibition with the “Blaue Reiter” group in the Galerie “Der Sturm” in Berlin
After this time, he lost contact with the artistic avant-garde

 


1914

January – Colmar, Paris

 


1916

“Buddhist crisis”

 


1921

First collective exhibition by Goltz in München

 


1922

One week with Wolfgang Gurlitt in Berlin

 


1923

Karlsruhe, visits Hans Toma

 


1924

Schweiz, visits Ludwig Klages in Kilchberg

 


1926

Exhibition in Hamburg, Galerie Hans Götz
Foundation of Kubin-Archivs in Hamburg, with Dr. Kurt Otte

 


1927

Exhibition in the “Graphische Sammlung der Alte Pinakothek” in München

 


1929

Onorable member of the Prag Secession
Starts correspondence with Ernst Jünger

 


1930

Exhibition in Hannover

 


1931

Exhibitions in Hamburg, München, Wien

 


1932

Exhibition in Bauhaus, Dessau

 


1933

Starts frienship with Anton Steinhart

 


1937

60th Birthday - Exhibitions in Wien,  Albertina
Visit of Ernst Jünger

 


1938

Starts correspondence with Horst Lange
Exhibitions in München

 


 


1938

With the Anschluss of Austria and Nazi Germany, his works are declared “entartete Kunst” or "degenerate art", but Alfred manages to continue working during World War II.

 


1947

70th Birthday - Exhibitions in Wien,  Albertina

 


1948

15 August: death of his wife Hedwig

 


1949

Member of the “Bayerische Akademie der Schöne Künste”

 


1951

Exhibitions in Wien (Akademie der bildenden Künste)
Linz (Neue Galerie – Wolfgang Gurlitt Museum)
Österreichischer Staatpreis für bildende Kunst

 


1952

Ulisse Prize at XXVI Biennale of Venice

 


1955

International Prize for Drawings at the Biennale of São Paulo

 


1957

Awarded with Grosses Ehrenzeichnen für Kunst und Wissenschaft der Republik Österreich, Gustav Klimt Plakette der Wiener Secession

 


1959

20 August.: dies in Zwickledt, aged 82

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