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Vienna Media News 11/2014 150 years of the Ringstrasse – Exhibitions during the jubilee year

From March 19, 2015 the Architekturzentrum Wien will be shining the spotlight on architecture during the Nazi era. The regime's plans included building monumental public buildings along the Ringstrasse, redeveloping Heldenplatz and Rathausplatz as well as extending the Burgtheater. Too modern for the first row, an exhibition at the Secession, opens on the same day. A key work of Viennese art nouveau or Jugendstil, Joseph Maria Olbrich's Secession building was originally planned for the Ringstrasse before protests led to the choice of a less prominent plot on the Wienzeile. The Ring's Jewish history is examined in a show at the Jewish Museum Vienna starting on March 25, 2015. Many Jewish companies and financiers commissioned Ringstrasse palaces, seeing themselves as patrons, and in doing so helped to boost the economy during the period which became known as the Gründerzeit. In stark contrast to the gleaming new Ringstrasse facades were social problems and increasing political radicalization and anti-Semitism.

An exhibition at the Vienna City Library at City Hall beginning on April 30, 2015 concerns itself with how the Viennese were prepared for the huge urban redevelopment project, as well as with the role of the media in the competition for the Ringstrasse construction work which took place in 1858. It's the workers who produced the materials for the splendid Ringstrasse buildings who take center stage in a show at Waschsalon in the Karl Marx Hof social housing development from May 21, 2015. The brickyard workers known locally as "Ziegelbehm" endured terrible working and living conditions. At the Austrian National Library, Vienna's development into a sophisticated capital of one of Europe's major powers is explored in an exhibition starting on May 22, 2015. The Empire's most notable artists were witness to and documented this remarkable change, along with talented amateurs, genre painters, photographers and local writers.

From 11 June, 2015 the Wien Museum addresses the period which spans the start of planning right up to the opening ceremony on May 1, 1865. Plans, blueprints, models and photographs displayed for the first time tell the story of the architects, painters and sculptors and their search for a new contemporary style, portraying the contrast between old and new Vienna, building sites and wasteland, and demolition and construction. The influential and charismatic Ringstrasse painters will be on show at the Belvedere from July 3, 2015. Starting with the work of the "artist prince" Hans Makart, visitors will then be treated to the triumphs of the young artist’s collective who gravitated around Gustav Klimt. The Kunsthistorisches and Natural History Museums, MuseumsQuartier and the Sigmund Freud Museum are among the cultural institutions which will put on special guided tours for the Ringstrasse anniversary year.


  • Vienna, the pearl of the empire. Plans for Hitler, Mar 19-Aug 17, 2015, Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,
  • Too modern for the first row - The history of the Secession's construction, Mar 19-Oct 11, 2015, Secession, Friedrichstrasse 12, 1010 Vienna,
  • Ringstrasse. A Jewish Boulevard? Mar 25-Oct 4, 2015, Jewish Museum Vienna, Palais Eskeles, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna,
  • Vom Werden der Wiener Ringstrasse. Visionen - Dokumente – Berichte (The Genesis of the Ringstrasse. Visions - Documents – Reports) May 30-Nov 13, 2015,Vienna Library at City Hall, Rathaus, entrance on Felderstrasse, stairwell 6, 1st floor, 1010 Vienna,
  • Die Ringstrasse des Proletariats. Ein Gegenentwurf (The Ringstrasse of the proletariat. An alternative vision), May 21-Dec 12, 2015, Karl Marx-Hof - Waschsalon Nr. 2, Halteraugasse 7, 1190 Vienna,
  • Wien wird Weltstadt. Die Ringstrasse und ihre Zeit (Vienna's transition into a cosmopolitan capital. The Ringstrasse and its age) 22.5.-1.11.2015, Austrian National Library, Josefsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,
  • The Ringstrasse. Origins of a grand boulevard 1857-1865, June 11-Oct 4, 2015, Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Karlsplatz, 1040 Vienna,
  • Klimt and the Ringstrasse, July 3-Oct 11, 2015, Belvedere, Unteres Belvedere, Orangerie, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna,

Special guided tours:

  • The Kunsthistorische Museum Vienna – a Gesamtkunstwerk and The Habsburg's imperial collections on the Vienna Ringstrasse, Jan 1-Dec 31, 2015, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna,
  • Over the rooftops of Vienna (with views of the Ringstrasse), Jan 1, Dec 31, 2015, Museum of Natural History, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna,
  • The Vienna Ringstrasse and the historicism style, Mar 7-Dec 6, 2015, Imperial Furniture Collection, Andreasgasse 7, 1070 Vienna,
  • Sigmund Freud's Ringstrasse, bookings taken on request, May 1-Sep 30, 2015, Sigmund Freud Museum, Berggasse 19, 1090 Wien,
  • From imperial stables to urban hotspot, May 5-Aug 29, 2015, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz, 1070 Wien,

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Heldenplatz, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Museum of Natural History
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