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Exhibitions in Vienna

The cultural capital Vienna stands not only for modern and contemporary art, but also as the capital of music. Once again this year, the Vienna museums ensure a lot of variety with constantly changing exhibitions.

 

11. 09. 2020 - 07. 11 2021: Márton Barabás: Hommage à Beethoven/ Haus der Musik

365 days a year, the Beethoven room on the floor of the great masters awaits music lovers from all over the world. Musical excerpts from Beethoven's most famous compositions such as the 9th Symphony or the Moonlight Sonata frame the presentation of historical objects.

With the new special exhibition “Hommage à Beethoven” (September 11, 2020 to November 7, 2021) Haus der Musik, in cooperation with WIENBEETHOVEN2020, presents artworks by the Hungarian sculptor and painter Márton Barabás – impressive objects on the verge of hearing and seeing. Having specialized in the poetry of the piano, he presents sculptures, book objects and painted piano lids in celebration of Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday.

Haus der Musik, Seilerstätte 30, 1010 Vienna, https://www.hausdermusik.com/

 

29.04-07-11.2021, The Danube. A journey into the past./ Austrian National Library

In the large special exhibition "The Danube", this and other extraordinary works from the Austrian National Library invite visitors on a "journey into the past". The Danube is presented as both a border and a link, as a space of yearning for artists and as a traffic route. And of course it is also about natural disasters and natural areas worth protecting.

The highlight of the exhibition is a spectacular 44-meter-long reproduction of the famous Pasetti map. This map, published by the Imperial-Royal State Ministry from 1857, shows an extremely precise image of the Danube in the territory of the Habsburg Monarchy from Passau to the Iron Gate. Its purpose at that time was to create public awareness of the political and economic importance of this waterway for the entire Austro-Hungarian Empire. Today, after the major regulatory measures and the construction of numerous power stations, it is a reminder of a Danube that no longer exists.

Austrian National Library-State Hall, Josefsplatz 1, 1015 Wien, www.onb.ac.at

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12.2.-12.9.2021: Christine and Irene Hohenbüchler. CARLONE CONTEMPORARY / Upper Belvedere

In the latest iteration of CARLONE CONTEMPORARY series, the Belvedere will be presenting sculptural objects by Irene and Christine Hohenbüchler. The pieces came into the museum’s possession as part of a generous gift of works by these two Austrian artists. The sculptures enter into a dialogue with the Carlone Hall’s allegorical pictorial program and the history of the Baroque palace.

Belvedere, Upper Belvedere, Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at

 

19.02.2020-30.01.2022: The Triad of Viennese Classical Music: Haydn – Mozart – Beethoven/ Similarities- Parallels- Opposites/ Mozarthaus Vienna

The common life dates of Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadé Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven spanned almost a century (1732–1827). They range from baroque to romantic. In between is the epoch that went down in the history of music as the "First Viennese School", and in which it was above all the triad that shaped and revolutionized the classical music.


Mozarthaus Vienna, Domgasse 5, 1010 Vienna, www.mozarthausvienna.at/

 

12.2.-12.9.2021: Christine and Irene Hohenbüchler. CARLONE CONTEMPORARY / Upper Belvedere

In the latest iteration of CARLONE CONTEMPORARY series, the Belvedere will be presenting sculptural objects by Irene and Christine Hohenbüchler. The pieces came into the museum’s possession as part of a generous gift of works by these two Austrian artists. The sculptures enter into a dialogue with the Carlone Hall’s allegorical pictorial program and the history of the Baroque.

Belvedere, Upper Belvedere, Prinz-Eugen-Straße 27, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at

 

5.10.2021-16.1.2022: Titian´s Vision of Women. Beauty-Love-Poetry / Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is dedicating its major fall exhibition in 2021 to Titian, one of the most important Venetian painters of them all. More than 50 masterpieces of Venetian painting from some the world’s top art museums including the National Gallery in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Louvre in Paris will ensure that this exhibition is an exceptional highlight. At its heart are more than 20 paintings by Titian, surrounded by the great masters he inspired such as Veronese, Tintoretto, Palma Vecchio, Paris Bordone and Giorgione.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna, www.khm.at/

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6.4.-26.9.2021: The Body Electric. Erwin Osen and Egon Schiele / Leopold Museum

The Body Electric presents the work of the little-known but highly mythologized artist Erwin Osen in the context of Viennese physician Stefan Jellinek’s electropathological research, and links it with Schiele’s interest in depicting patients. The hitherto unknown drawings created by Osen – who was a companion and model of Egon Schiele (1890-1918) and a co-signatory of the manifesto issued by Schiele’s Neukunstgruppe – expand and enrich our understanding of Viennese Modernism and its artistic practices, which were closely linked with clinical medicine.

Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, www.leopoldmuseum.org

 

21.4.-3.10.2021: The Women of Wiener Werkstätte / MAK

Until now, precious little attention has been paid to the women involved in Wiener Werkstätte (1903-1932). But this new exhibition at the MAK is set to change that: Gudrun Baudisch, Vally Wieselthier, Mathilde Flögl, Paula Lustig and Mizzi Vogl are just a handful of the almost 180 women who made a key contribution to the evolution of Viennese handcraftsmanship – thanks especially to their prolific creativity in the fields of commercial graphic design, textile design, fashion design, toys, wall decoration, and ceramics.

MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, www.mak.at

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20.5.-19.9.2021: Instantly! Street Photography in Vienna / Wien Museum MUSA

Scenes from everyday life and street life in Vienna in a collection of previously unseen photos. The exhibition takes viewers on a fascinating voyage of photographic discovery, presenting masterpieces of street photography from the middle of the nineteenth century to the present day using selected exhibits from the Wien Museum collection: expressive street scenes, intimate snapshots and fleeting moments of urban life. Together, the pieces capture a new and evocative side to the Austrian capital.

Wien Museum MUSA, Felderstraße 6-8, 1010 Vienna, www.wienmuseum.at

 

18.6.-3.10.2021: Lovis Corinth. Life-A Celebration/ Lower Belvedere

Leaping into the age of modernism: Lovis Corinth made the transition from realism to expressionism through impressionism. The stylistic shifts from the nineteenth to the twentieth century provides the golden thread running through this German artist’s body of work. The Belvedere sets off on the trail of this exceptional artist.

Belvedere, Lower Belvedere, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at

 

2.7.-26.10.2021: Lois Weinberger / Belvedere 21

The Tyrolean artist Lois Weinberger, who passed away in April 2020, had played a significant part in shaping artistic discourse around the relationship between nature and culture since the 1990s. A tug of war between ironic shamanism and quiet yet conceptual rigor, his works show the limits of human agency, revealing that our perceived superiority over the environment is an illusion. Before his death, Weinberger assembled a selection of works and texts from the last few decades for his second exhibition at the Belvedere 21, all of which will be shown in Vienna for the first time..

Belvedere 21, Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at

 

17.9.2021-9.1.2022: Modigliani – Picasso. Revolution of Primitivism / Albertina

The Albertina will honor Amedeo Modigliani with a major retrospective to mark the centenary of his death. For the first time, Modigliani will not be portrayed as a bohemian under the influence of alcohol and drugs, a pleasing portraitist and pioneer of art déco, but as a leading artist of the avant-garde who extended the revolution of primitivism far into the twentieth century. Modigliani’s oeuvre will be juxtaposed with characteristic key works by such artists as Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brâncuşi, and André Derain, as well as artifacts from so-called “primitive” – prehistoric, archaic, and non-European – civilizations.

Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.albertina.at

 

22.10.2021-30.1.2022: The Age of Dürer. Austria at the Gate of the Renaissance / Lower Belvedere

Lucas Cranach the Elder, Albrecht Altdorfer, Jacopo de’ Barbari – are just some of the famous names among the contemporaries of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) who were all active in Austria around 1500 and the decades that followed. In many ways, the works created during the transitional period from Late Gothic to the Renaissance reveal a new form of artistic self-conception. The Belvedere is devoting a comprehensive exhibition to this chapter of Austrian art, which thus far has received little attention.

Belvedere, Lower Belvedere, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at

 

15.12.2021-19.6.2022: Josef Hoffmann. Progress by Beauty / MAK

Marking the 150th anniversary of Josef Hoffmann’s (1870-1956) birth, this exhibition takes stock of the architect, designer, teacher and exhibition designer’s full portfolio for the first time. Hoffmann was one of the key representatives of Viennese Modernism and the international Life Reform movement. The exhibition provides a cross-section of his revolutionary designs and his most important buildings, including the Palais Stoclet in Brussels and Purkersdorf Sanatorium.

MAK – Museumof applied Arts, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, www.mak.at

 

Preview: Exhibitions in 2022 in Vienna

28.1.-29.5.2022: Dalí – Freud / Lower Belvedere

London 1938 – Salvador Dalí met Freud, who by that point had fled Vienna. The first and only meeting between the artist and his idol was set up by Stefan Zweig and Edward James. In this far-ranging exhibition, the Belvedere explores this momentous connection and shows the psychoanalyst’s influence on Dalí’s work.

Belvedere, Unteres Belvedere, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at

 

18.2.-19.6.2022: Munch and Beyond / Albertina

Launching in spring 2022, the Albertina’s new main spring exhibition is dedicated to Edvard Munch (1863-1944) and the artists he inspired. Munch and Beyond will feature around 60 masterpieces by the artist himself, alongside twentieth-century greats such as Andy Warhol and Georg Baselitz and leading contemporary artists like Marlene Dumas, Peter Doig, Miriam Cahn and Tracey Emin.

Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.albertina.at