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Vienna Media News 5/2013 Major exhibitions in Vienna this autumn

In 2013 the Albertina will be marking the tenth anniversary of its reopening with a new show featuring around 140 works by Henri Matisse and various members of the Fauvist movement - the first time that these particular pictures have been put on show together in Austria. Les Fauves (French for "wild beasts") are credited with paving the way for modern art. Fauvism's leading lights include Henri Matisse, André Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Georges Braque and Kees van Dongen. Later this year, the Leopold Museum at Vienna's MuseumsQuartier will be staging an exhibition entitled Kokoschka - The Self in Focus which looks at the work of one of the most important 20th century Austrian artists. For the first time ever this show puts a series of photographs documenting the private and working life of Oskar Kokoschka under the microscope. Left to the University of Applied Arts Vienna in Kokoschka's estate, the prints also have a wider cultural and historical significance.

The Jewish Museum's "Euphoria and Unease. Jewish Vienna and Richard Wagner" exhibition has been scheduled to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the composer's birth. Vienna found itself at the heart of the cult surrounding Wagner from an early stage, with many dedicated Wagnerians coming from the city's Jewish community. The exhibition at the Jewish museum explores anti-semitism in the 19th and 20th centuries, the effect of Wagner's work on art and culture in fin de siècle Vienna and its influence on Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime. Selected works by celebrated British portraitist Lucian Freud (1922-2011) will be on show in Vienna for the first time at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The exhibition, put together in close cooperation with the artist himself in the weeks and months before his death in July 2011, will include examples of his work from all stages of a prolific career spanning 70 years. One of the most important painters of the post-war period, Lucian Freud was the grandson of Viennese psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.

The Bank Austria Kunstforum will show works by Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat in a major exhibition starting later this year. In 1984-85 the star artists worked together on a significant number of works, which provide a fascinating insight into their contrasting artistic styles. The Kunst Haus Wien is dedicating a major new exhibition to the Swiss photographer Michel Comte. Spanning a period of more than 30 years, the New York based artist's portfolio includes images of film stars, supermodels, artists and musicians such as Carla Bruni, George Clooney, Sophia Loren and Naomi Campbell. Comte is also known for his work in various crisis-hit regions. This exhibition shows Comte's carefully staged portraits and his reportage work for charities.

Emil Nolde provides the focal point of an upcoming exhibition at the Lower Belvedere, which centers on the works by the leading German expressionist found in the Stiftung Seebüll Ada und Emil Nolde collection. Among the pieces on display are landscapes, scenes depicting city life in Berlin, religious images and selected pieces from a series entitled Ungemalte Bilder (unpainted pictures) which were completed in his late period. The exhibition was made possible thanks to the cooperation of the Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden and the Stiftung Seebüll Ada und Emil Nolde.

  • Matisse and the Fauves, Sep 20, 2013-Jan 12, 2014, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.albertina.at
  • Euphoria and Unease. Jewish Vienna and Richard Wagner, Sep 24, 2013-February 2014, Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna, www.jmw.at
  • Kokoschka - The Self in Focus, Oct 4, 2013-Jan 27, 2014, Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, www.leopoldmuseum.org
  • Lucian Freud, Oct 8, 2013-Jan 6, 2014, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna, www.khm.at
  • Warhol/Basquiat, Oct 16, 2013-Feb 2, 2014, Bank Austria Kunstforum, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna, www.bankaustria-kunstforum.at
  • Michel Comte, Oct 17, 2013-Feb 16, 2014, Kunst Haus Wien, Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13, 1030 Vienna, www.kunsthauswien.com
  • Emil Nolde, Oct 25, 2013-Feb 9, 2014, Lower Belvedere, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at

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