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Vienna Media News 02/2014 Major exhibitions in Vienna in the second half of 2014

Following a recent donation of 60 works, the Albertina is presenting a show entitled Alex Katz. Drawings, Cardboards, Paintings. Born in 1927 in New York, Katz ranks among the most important American artists of our time and is a central figure of the self-reflexive tradition in painting. In this exhibition, the Albertina presents its complete collection of drawings and cardboard sculptures by Katz alongside a selection of his paintings. And to celebrate the 85th birthday of artist Arnulf Rainer, born in Baden bei Wien in 1929, the Albertina is staging an extensive retrospective of his work. Rainer became famous worldwide in the 1950s for his overpainting of artworks. The exhibition examines all of the major stages of his complex body of work. A further solo exhibition at the Albertina will be dedicated to Joan Miró, one of the most popular artists of the twentieth century. Comprising around 100 paintings, sketches and other items, the show will put the acclaimed surrealist’s poetic qualities in the limelight.

An exhibition at the Orangery in the Lower Belvedere will focus on the French painter Claude Monet – a key member of the impressionism movement – and the profound effects his work had on Austrian art. Within the Viennese art scene at the turn of the twentieth century, Monet was regarded as the central and defining figure of French impressionism alongside Edouard Manet. The exhibition brings together works by this extraordinary French painter that were exhibited in the Austrian capital around the year 1900 or that served as models, presenting them alongside selected paintings and photographs by Austrian artists from the same period. Love Story. The Anne and Wolfgang Titze Collection will stage its début exhibition at two of the Belvedere’s exhibition spaces in Vienna simultaneously – the 21er Haus and the Winter Palace (recently opened to the public). Anne and Wolfgang Titze’s Austrian and French collection includes key works of minimal, conceptual and post-conceptual art, pieces by the Zero group and important contemporary works. The interplay with the historic interior of the city center Winter Palace and the spacious setting of the 21er Haus will open up new perspectives on the latest tendencies in contemporary art as well as their roots in painting, sculpture, graphic art and photography.

The Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) will present its first solo exhibition of the works of Diego Velázquez in 2014. Owing to the close family and political ties between the Habsburg rulers in Vienna and Madrid during the seventeenth century, the picture gallery at the KHM contains an important group of exceptional portraits of the King Philipp IV of Spain by the court painter. Loans from the National Gallery, London and the Museo del Prado, among other institutions, supplement the KHM collection. The Present of Modernism at the mumok  – museum of modern art ludwig foundation surveys the far-reaching utopian modernist project, exploring its current relevance and the potential it holds for future generations. The exhibition presents the mumok’s classic modernism collection in a fresh context, comprising paintings, sculptures, sketches, photographs, pieces of furniture and architectural models. And for the first time, the museum is putting a focus on works by Austrian artists in this presentation of its collection: drawings by Josef Hoffmann, architectural models by Adolf Loos and photographs by Dora Kallmus all feature. Every year since 1999, the Bâloise Art Prize is awarded to two up-and-coming artists in the Art Statements category at the Art Basel fair. Jenni Tischer, who was awarded the 2013 prize alongside Kemang Wa Lehulere, will be displaying her work at the mumok in 2014 in her first solo exhibition at an institution in Austria.

Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999) is considered to be one of the most influential film directors of the 20th century.  His work is characterized by the individuality and single-minded vision that led to the enduring success of films such as 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and Eyes Wide Shut. The exhibition Eyes Wide Open: Stanley Kubrick as Photographer at the Kunstforum presents his early work in photography, seen by many as the germination of the aesthetic he would later apply in his films, for the first time in Austria. From 1945 to 1950 Kubrick produced photo reportage pieces for the American magazine Look, allowing him to develop a highly individual storytelling style and to experiment with composition, atmosphere and timing. In October 2014, the Bank Austria Kunstforum will present the first full retrospective of the work of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, in honor of the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth. Bringing together works loaned by collections all over the world, the exhibition casts light on the sheer variety of Toulouse-Lautrec’s work and his extraordinary talent for observation, as can be seen in his paintings, works on paper, lithographs and posters. It offers an opportunity to discover the lesser-known Toulouse-Lautrec as well as to see the large, eye-catching posters for decadent Montmartre nightspots that made him famous.

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

  • Alex Katz. Drawings, Cardboards, Paintings, May 28-Sep 14, 2014
  • Arnulf Rainer, Sep 3, 2014-Jan 6, 2015
  • Joan Miró, Sep 12, 2014-Jan 11, 2015

21er Haus, Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030 Vienna, www.21erhaus.at and Winter Palace, Himmelpfortgasse 8, 1010 Vienna, www.belvedere.at

  • Love Story. The Anne and Wolfgang Titze Collection, Jun 15-Oct 5, 2014

Belvedere– Lower Belvedere and Orangery, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at

  • Claude Monet, Oct 24, 2014-Feb 8, 2015

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

  • Diego Velázquez, Oct 28, 2014-Feb 15, 2015

mumok – museum of modern art ludwig foundation, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, www.mumok.at

  • The Present of Modernism, Mar 14, 2014-Feb 8, 2015
  • Jenni Tischer - Bâloise Art Prize, Oct 18, 2014-Feb 1, 2015

Bank Austria Kunstforum, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna, www.bankaustria-kunstforum.at

  • Eyes Wide Open: Stanley Kubrick as Photographer, May 8-Jul 13, 2014
  • Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. The Path to Modernism, Oct 16, 2014-Jan 25, 2015

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