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EVENTS, EXPERIENCES, EXHIBITS, ETC. COMPILED BY KENDALL FLETCHER AND PAT HENDERSON Vienna’s masters of Modernism This year the city of Vienna will commemorate four of its favorite artists—Gustav Klimt, Otto Wagner, Koloman Moser and Egon Schiele—who each passed away in 1918. Beauty and the Abyss, the name of the year-long celebration of the four artists, will include a number of exhibits and programs showcasing the impact these Modernism masters had during a transformative period in Austrian history. Here is a look at some of the special exhibits coming up as 2018 progresses: “Egon Schiele. Expression and Lyricism” Leopold Museum, Feb. 3–Nov. 4 A group of Schiele’s paintings and graphic artworks will be presented for the first time in a dialog with various handwrit- ten pieces, poems and photographs. “Klimt is Not the End. Awakening in Central Europe” Lower Belvedere, March 22–Aug. 26 Around 80 works by Klimt, Schiele, Wagner and Moser will be displayed to mark the artists’ deaths, which signaled the end of an era in Viennese culture. “Post Otto Wagner: From the Austrian Post Savings Bank to the Post-Modern” MAK, May 30–Sept. 30 The exhibition looks at Wagner’s interactions with other pro- tagonists of early Modernism, as well as the influence he had on other architects and designers. Works by Gustav Klimt at Vienna’s Leopold Museum “Koloman Moser Uncovered” The Wiener Werkstätte Archives, Dec. 19–April 22, 2019 This exhibition highlights Moser’s extensive output during his days as a painter, graphic artist, craftsman and teacher. For more information on these exhibits, as well as other programs that are part of Beauty and the Abyss, call +43.1.211.140 or visit wien.info. —P.H. The Gauley River National Recreation Area is a mecca for whitewater enthusiasts. Located near Summersville, West Virginia, this U.S. National Park Service site is home Class III to V-plus rapids in the 25 miles of the Gauley River and the six miles of the Meadow River. Around 60,000 people head to central West Virginia each year to face the Gauley’s wild waters. The official whitewa- ter season last six weeks—from early September to mid- October—during which paddlers test their skills against the challenging rapids. The river’s upper section features vertical drops at Sweet’s Falls, Pillow Rock and Iron Ring, a trio of turbulent chutes. The 12 miles of the Lower Gauley offer an undulating, more consistent path. Two other nearby NPS sites, the New River Gorge National River and Bluestone National Scenic River, provide additional outdoor activities. The New River’s lower section includes the more advanced rapids, while its upper section offers milder currents that allow any level of paddler to enjoy a rafting trip during the main April-to-October season. Call +1.304.465.0508 or visit nps.gov/gari to learn more. —P.H. 18 January 2018 Gauley, Gauley, Gauley, get your rapids here