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Vienna Media News – March 2023 Exhibition Highlights in Vienna for 2023

Current Highlights

Until May 29, 2023: Klimt. Inspired by Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse…

Where did Gustav Klimt find inspiration? A spectacular exhibition project is currently showing the doyen of Viennese modernism in a fresh light. The Lower Belvedere will be holding up a mirror to Klimt in the light of his most important artistic contemporaries. In a special highlight, his painting Water Serpents II will be back on display in Austria for the first time in almost 60 years. And to mark the Belvedere’s tricentennial, the venue is mounting a temporary show. Open until January 7, 2024, “The Belvedere. 300 Years a Place of Art” will shine a light on the history of this unique cultural institution.

Until May 14, 2023: Dürer, Munch, Miró - The Great Masters of Printmaking

The Albertina is marking the 20th anniversary of its reopening with an extraordinary brace of exhibitions that tracks six centuries of printmaking. Reopened in 2003, the Albertina is home to one of the most important print collections in the world. The original venue will be focusing mainly on the old masters of printmaking, while at its satellite, Andy Warhol to Damien Hirst – The Revolution in Printmaking will give pride of place to key post-war works (runs until Jul 23, 2023).

Until Jun 25, 2023: Kiki Kogelnik. Now Is The Time

Around 180 works by Kiki Kogelnik (1935-1997), considered to be the only female Austrian pop artist, will go on show at the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien this spring in what will be the largest solo exhibition to date of her oeuvre. All aspects of her broad artistic spectrum will be represented: from abstract painting and sculptures, to drawings, ceramics and performances.

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New in Spring

Mar 7-Jun 25, 2023: Georg Baselitz. Nude Masters.

Old meets new at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (KHM): Georg Baselitz is inviting audiences to consider his work in the context of the old masters from the KHM Picture Gallery. The acclaimed German artist, who celebrated his 85th birthday in January, is juxtaposing 75 of his works with 40 of the gallery’s masterpieces. And all of them are united by a central theme: nudity. 

  • Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna,

Mar 9-May 29, 2023: Mining Photography

The medium of photography leaves a considerable ecological footprint. In this show organized into five sections, the Kunst Haus Wien provides various fascinating insights and reveals which raw materials go into photographic image production. After the exhibition draws to a conclusion, the museum will close until the beginning of 2024 for extensive renovation work, and a redesign of the permanent exhibition.

Mar 15, 2023-Jan 14, 2024: On Stage. All the Art World’s a Stage

On Stage will explore theater and stage-based performance in art since the 1960s. The mumok’s new temporary exhibition will be showing various musical and film productions as well as covering topics including attitudes to gender roles, and political conflicts as well as the role of viewers as actors.

  • museum of modern art ludwig foundation vienna, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

Mar 30, 2023-Jan 9, 2024: Science Fiction(s). If There Were A Tomorrow

In this highlight exhibition, the Weltmuseum Wien explores various visions of the future with the help of installations, paintings and films. Around 20 contemporary artists will consider different scenarios through their works. An installation in the Theseus Temple in the nearby Volksgarten is also part of the exhibition. Pakistani-American artist Saks Afridi’s "Space Mosque" asks the question: What if all our prayers came true?

Apr 5-Sep 10, 2023: Amazing. Highlights of the Würth Collection

The Leopold Museum will be showing works from Germany’s world-class Würth Collection for the first time in Austria in a major new exhibition. Entitled Amazing, it will take a look at 100 years of art history on two exhibition levels packed with 200 exhibits. Top-class works by Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Georg Baselitz, Gerhard Richter and many more will feature.

Apr 7, 2023-Jan 14, 2024: On the New. Viennese Scenes and Beyond

Belvedere 21 is bringing back hit exhibition On the New. After its debut back in 2019, it will once again turn the spotlight on the local contemporary art scene giving a platform to less established Austrian artists. Over the course of the year, about 50 distinct artistic approaches and 20 exhibitions will feature.

May 6-Oct 29, 2023: RENDEZ-VOUS. Picasso, Chagall, Klein and Their Time

In 2023, the Heidi Horten Collection is setting up a rendez-vous with various artists for whom France played a central role in their story: Pablo Picasso (on the 50th anniversary of his death), Marc Chagall, Yves Klein and many others will all be featured. In addition, the exhibition provides insights into the life of the gallery’s founder: the collector Heidi Goëss-Horten.

Jun 7-Sep 24, 2023: Glitz and Glamor. 200 Years of Lobmeyr

In 2023, traditional Viennese manufacturer J. & L. Lobmeyr – already a headlining act at the 1873 Vienna World’s Fair – will celebrate its 200th anniversary. In this special exhibition, the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts will run the rule over the work of the glassmaking dynasty (with whom the museum has a long-standing connection), and its extraordinary craftsmanship. One of numerous highlights in the capital in 2023 to commemorate 150 Years of the Vienna World’s Fair.

  • MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna,

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Fall Preview

Sep 1, 2023-Feb 4, 2024: Diversity in Sex, Race and Gender

In fall, the Albertina modern will be flying the flag for diversity. The works in the Albertina’s famous holdings are essentially male and white. But "Diversity in Sex, Race and Gender" demonstrates how exhibitions and even art collecting are becoming increasingly diverse in the 21st century with works by Alexandre Diop, Amoako Boafo Eva Beresin and many more now part of the picture.

Sep 15, 2023-Jan 7, 2024: Michelangelo and the Consequences.

Representations of the nude human form is a central theme in art. And now the Albertina is tracing the evolution of art via a curated selection of seminal pieces from the 15th to the 20th centuries. The starting point of the exhibition is leading Renaissance master Michelangelo, whose works inspired subsequent generations.

Sep 21, 2023-Feb, 12 2024: Hollein Calling. Architectural Dialogues

The Architekturzentrum Wien (Az W) has a major exhibition on Hans Hollein (1934-2014) cued up and ready to go this fall. An intriguing dialogue awaits, as various works by the star architect (including the Haas Haus on Vienna’s Stephansplatz) and Austria’s only winner of the Pritzker Prize are compared and contrasted with those of later generations. This new temporary exhibition is also part of the Az W’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

  • Architekturzentrum Wien, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

Sep 22, 2023-Jan 28, 2024: Louise Bourgeois

In its new solo exhibition, the Lower Belvedere will be showing – for the first time in Europe – the early painted works of Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), who is considered the mother of the feminist avant-garde. The 1940s works of the Franco-American artist enter into a dialogue with her later sculptures, installations and graphics. Another exhibition highlight in the Belvedere’s anniversary year.

Sep 26, 2023-Jan 14, 2024: Raphael. Silk and Gold

Monumental tapestries are the focus of the major fall exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. The show traces the development of the artform starting with wall hangings based on Raphael’s designs. The museum will also give visitors a chance to see some of its outstanding tapestry collection, which cannot go on permanent display for conservation reasons.

  • Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna,

Oct 6, 2023-Feb 25, 2024: Max Oppenheimer. Expressionist Pioneer

In a long overdue large-scale show, this fall the Leopold Museum will be shedding new light on the oeuvre of Max Oppenheimer (1885-1954), which has unjustly been largely forgotten. The exhibition also focuses on the Viennese Expressionist’s ties to his contemporaries Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.

Oct 12, 2023 – Jan 14, 2024: Robert Motherwell – Painting

Works by Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), one of the most important representatives of abstract expressionism, will appear in Austria for the first time since 1976 in a retrospective. The show at the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien will be laden with numerous top pieces taken on loan from various institutions including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Tate Gallery in London.

Dec 13, 2023-Apr 28, 2024: FABRIC OF COMMUNITY. Textile and Ceramics in Contemporary Art

At the end of the year, the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts will be exploring the enormous intermedial potential of textiles and ceramics as materials that also play a role in architecture, music and digital space. Also presented in a feminist and queer context, the works on show at this exhibition include pieces by Gelatin, Geta Brătescu and many more.

  • MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna,

From Dec 6, 2023: Wien Museum Returns

After closing for several years for a root and branch expansion and renovation project, the Wien Museum on Karlsplatz is scheduled to reopen its doors to the public in December 2023. Launching on Feb 1, 2024, the first temporary exhibition to be held at the new-look venue will be dedicated to the work of Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. And from May 23, 2024, Secessions – Klimt, Stuck, Liebermann will provide an overview of the Secessionist movements in Vienna, Munich and Berlin.

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