From January 21 to May 20, 2013 the Kunsthistorisches Museum is showing the exhibition Im Schatten der Pyramiden (In the Shadow of the Pyramids), which deals with the Austrian excavations in Giza from 1912-1929. Computer simulations will take visitors on a virtual journey back through time to the Giza Plateau in Ancient Egypt. Walkthrough 3D virtual reconstructions will give a vivid impression of the architecture and decoration of the tombs, and the artifacts in them. The exhibition - which will also feature important archaeological discoveries on loan from other European museums - will reveal the heights reached by the first flowering of Egyptian civilization.
The Maximilian of Mexico exhibition, to be held at the Imperial Furniture Collection from March 7 to June 7, 2013, will be devoted to the life and work of Emperor Franz Joseph's talented younger brother. Using the Archduke's personal belongings, mementos, photographs and written sources, the exhibition will provide a biographical portrait of the Emperor of Mexico (1832-1867). The show will give prominence to Maximilian's building activities. For example, it will recreate the history of the interior and furnishings of Miramare Castle in Trieste.
The Albertina boasts one of the world's most important collections of drawings by Dutch old masters. Highlights from these holdings will be on display at the Bosch Bruegel Rembrandt Rubens exhibition, to be held from March 15 to June 30, 2013. The main focus of the show will be the golden age of Dutch art in the 17th century, and it will feature drawings by Rembrandt and his school. The Flemish masters are represented by Peter Paul Rubens and his pupils Anton van Dyck and Jacob Jordaens.
One of Austria's most internationally celebrated artists is Gottfried Helnwein, whose work grapples with society, and its traumas and taboos. From May 25 to August 25, 2013 the Albertina is staging the largest retrospective ever held for the artist - who now lives between Los Angeles and Ireland - in the German-speaking world. Recurrent themes in his work are children, and injured or mistreated bodies. The exhibition will center on Helnwein's early work. Watercolors, pastels, crayon and ink drawings will be on view.
- Im Schatten der Pyramiden - Die österreichischen Grabungen in Giza (1912-1929), Jan 21-May 20, 2013, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna, www.khm.at
- Maximilian of Mexico, Mar 7-Jun 7, 2013, Hofmobiliendepot (Imperial Furniture Collection), Andreasgasse 7, 1070 Vienna, www.hofmobiliendepot.at
- Bosch Bruegel Rembrandt Rubens - Masterworks of the Albertina, Mar 15-Jun 30, 2013, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.albertina.at
- Gottfried Helnwein, May 25-Aug 25, 2013, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.albertina.at