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Vienna Media News – June 2022 Vienna Exhibition Highlights in 2022 and 2023

Jun 23, 2022-Jan 31, 2023: Oceans. Collections. Reflections. George Nuku. / Weltmuseum Wien 

In its highlight exhibition opening this year, the Weltmuseum Wien will be profiling the work of Māori artist George Nuku. His installation projects take in nine different spaces at the museum, starting in the Hall of Columns, and link to the parts of the permanent collection centered on Oceania. Free to the public, the Bottled Ocean 2122 presentation in the Theseus Temple in the Volksgarten flanks this wide-ranging project, which addresses topics such as decolonization, repatriation and the relationship between museums and source communities. 

Weltmuseum Wien, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna,

Sep 9, 2022-Jan 8, 2023: Basquiat. Of Symbols and Signs / Albertina 

For the first time, Austria is hosting a comprehensive museum retrospective dedicated to Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988). The Albertina’s major fall exhibition will bring 80 key works from renowned collections to the capital. A New Yorker, Basquiat stirred up the art world in the 1980s, drawing inspiration from street art, cartoons, children’s drawings and advertising. The exhibition aims to decode his complex and often emotionally-charged oeuvre. 

Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,

Sep 15, 2022-Feb 12, 2023: Unseen Places. Gregor Sailer / Kunst Haus Wien 

Gregor Sailer takes the observer to the fringes of human civilization. For months, the Austrian photographer subjects himself to the harshest of conditions, such as 50-degree-below-zero temperatures in the Arctic. He captures inaccessible regions on camera and puts the effects of climate change and political conflict in the viewfinder. And now for the first time in Austria, the Kunst Haus Wien is presenting Sailer’s multi-award-winning work in a major exhibition. 

Kunst Haus Wien, Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13, 1030 Vienna, and

Sep 20, 2022-Jan 8, 2023: Idols & Rivals. Artists in Competition/ Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna 

The notion of competition has shaped art history since time immemorial. And now, the Kunsthistorisches Museum is taking an in-depth look at the rivalries between individual artists, as well as their tendency to compete with their sometimes long-dead peers. It was such competition that gave rise to some of the best-known works of the Renaissance and Baroque. This exhibition brings together stand-out pieces from the KHM collection and around 70 loan pieces from collections in Austria and farther afield – by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Tizian, Peter Paul Rubens and many more besides.  

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

Sep 22, 2022-Feb 26, 2023: The Animal Within – Creatures from (and outside) the mumok Collection / mumok  

The mumok is mounting a new temporary exhibition in 2022 to mark its 60th anniversary. Its collections include close to 500 works related to animals. Which begs the question: what role do animals have to play in fine art? Among the subject matter under investigation is the hold that animals have over people. Other areas such as family and gender relations, socialization and domestication are also covered. 

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

Oct 14, 2022-Feb 27, 2023: Tilla Durieux. A witness to a century and her roles  / Leopold Museum  

In fall 2022, the dazzling life of Tilla Durieux (1880-1971) will take center stage in a broad-based exhibition at the Leopold Museum. The Vienna-born theater and movie star was one of most portraited women of her time, sitting for countless artists – including Auguste Renoir, Oskar Kokoschka, Max Oppenheimer and Lotte Jacobi. Rare archive material and pieces loaned from other museums and private collections retrace her unusual career. 

Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier Wien, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

Oct 14, 2022-Jan 22, 2023: Ways of Freedom. Pollock. Rothko. Mitchell / Albertina modern 

The Abstract Expressionism of the New York school went on to take Europe by storm after 1945. Following the Second World War, art branched out in completely new directions, re-establishing its freedom along the way. An almost impetuously expressive approach to form, color and material was the outcome. At the Albertina modern, works by Austrian pioneers such as Arnulf Rainer, Maria Lassnig, Günter Brus and Hermann Nitsch are presented alongside giants of US Abstract Expressionism including Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Joan Mitchell. 

Albertina modern, Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna, 

Oct 19, 2022-Jan 15, 2023: Helmut Newton Legacy / Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien

A major retrospective at the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Berlin-born cult photographer Helmut Newton (1920-2004). Delayed due to the pandemic, but with even more material gathered as a result, the 300 works document his entire creative output. Newton, who always strove to engage or provoke, is widely known for his fashion and nude photography. As well as featuring many of his most iconic pictures, the exhibition also focuses on some of the less well-known aspects of his work. 

Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna, 

From the end of October 2022: LOOK. The Heidi Horten Collection / Heidi Horten Collection 

Newly opened in June 2022, this museum will set the ball rolling with a major temporary exhibition in the fall. The subject: portraits of women and aspects of femininity. Fashion provides the central theme. The Austrian designer Arthur Arbesser is staging selected examples of haute couture from museum founder Heidi Goëss-Horten’s collection alongside works by Kees van Dongen, August Macke and Andy Warhol, as well as contemporary additions from Sylvie Fleury, Lena Henke, Birgit Jürgenssen, Michèle Pagel and various others. 

Heidi Horten Collection, Hanuschgasse 3, 1010 Vienna,

Nov 24, 2022-Mar 26, 2023: Studio Bauhaus, Vienna. Friedl Dicker and Franz Singer / Wien Museum MUSA 

Bauhaus acolytes Friedl Dicker and Franz Singer developed an unmistakable style of decoration in the interwar period which would come to occupy a special place in the history of Viennese interior design. Their studio partnership gave rise to a series of surprising and innovative creations. In this exhibition, axonometric drawings, photographs, models and furniture pieces add important perspectives to our understanding of Viennese Modernism. 

Wien Museum MUSA, Felderstrasse 6-8, 1010 Vienna, 

Dec 2, 2022-Jan 7, 2024: The Belvedere. 300 Years a Place of Art/ Lower Belvedere 

In 2023, the Belvedere will mark its 300th anniversary: construction of the upper palace reached completion in 1723 after a ten-year build. In a major exhibition, the palace will be taking a look back at an illustrious history shaped by power and posture, courtly celebrations and major milestones such as the signing of the Austrian State Treaty in 1955. The show also brings to light the museum’s diversity and the collection built up over the centuries. 

Lower Belvedere, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna,

Dec 14, 2022-Apr 23, 2023: The Fest. Between Representation and Revolt / MAK 

Celebrations of every stripe have always provided artists with food for thought. In its new exhibition, the MAK will be showing what creative spirits from the worlds of art, architecture, design and music are capable of when they are inspired by major celebratory events. The show’s timeline runs from the early Enlightenment to the celebrations of a nascent industrial working class and finally the festive formats adopted in the present day. 

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

Upcoming Exhibition Highlights in 2023 

Feb 3-May 29, 2023: Klimt. Inspired by Van Gogh, Rodin, Matisse… / Lower Belvedere 

A major exhibition delayed by the pandemic is finally set to open in February 2023. The central question it sets out to answer: who inspired Gustav Klimt (1862-1918)? Together with the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, it follows a trail that starts with Klimt’s artistic forebears. In a striking juxtaposition, the show displays around 90 works by Klimt and his fellow artists. 

Lower Belvedere, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna, 

Mar 3-Jul 9, 2023 Alex Katz. Cool Painting / Albertina modern 

Large formats, broad strokes, vivid colors: the trademarks of Alex Katz, one of the core exponents of contemporary American art. A year after his 95th birthday, the Albertina modern is dedicating a major exhibition to his output, including multiple pieces from its own extensive collection of his work. The artist, who is credited as the master and inventor of Cool Painting, shot to fame in the 1970s. 

Albertina modern, Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Vienna, 

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

On Stage will explore theater and stage-based forms of performance in art since the 1960s. Performative and actionist art forms have lent artists a stage-like presence ever since. The exhibition at the mumok will show musical and film productions. It also covers topics such as gender references 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, 

Mid-July until the end of September 2023: Georg Baselitz. 100 Drawings
Oct 6, 2023-Jan 28, 2024: Gottfried Helnwein at 75 / both at the Albertina 

Next year, the Albertina will be presenting Georg Baselitz, in honor of his 85th birthday. The exhibition shows 50 pioneering works on paper donated to the museum by the influential artist. It covers various phases from his early works to recent pieces. A range of media feature including pencil, watercolor, ink and pastel. The Albertina will be celebrating another birthday in 2023: that of Viennese hyperrealist painter Gottfried Helnwein, who is turning 75. The exhibition will run the rule over his work of the past 20 years. 

 Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, 


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