The Belvedere starts 2015 with Jasper Johns: Regrets, putting the latest work by the US artist (b. 1930) on show at the Upper Belvedere. Experimentation is a key feature of his works – as reflected in this carefully considered compilation of two paintings, ten sketches and two prints produced during the past two years. The Belvedere is also dedicating an extensive exhibition to the Congress of Vienna, entitled Europe in Vienna: The Congress of Vienna 1814/15. Hosted at the Lower Belvedere and the Orangery, it sheds light on the political and social ramifications of this event. At Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace in the city centre, the Belvedere is presenting Rembrandt – Titian – Bellotto: The Spirit and Splendor of the Dresden Picture Gallery. Roughly 100 masterpieces from the Dresden State Art Collection by celebrated artists including Rembrandt, Titian, Bernardo Bellotto, Guido Reni, Anthony van Dyck and Antoine Watteau are on show.
At the MuseumsQuartier (MQ), one of the ten biggest culture centres in the world, four floors of the mumok are being given over to one of the leading holdings of Pop Art: the collection of German industrialists Peter and Irene Ludwig. This far-ranging exhibition, Ludwig Goes Pop, brings together around 100 pieces from six different galleries associated with the collectors. mumok is also exploring its Viennese Actionism collection in the context of international developments in performance art. The exhibition My Body is the Event juxtaposes actionist works by Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler with pieces by leading international proponents of performance art such as Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman and Yoko Ono.
Destination Vienna 2015 at the Kunsthalle Wien in the MuseumsQuartier aims to address a variety of aspects of living in Vienna. Themes include the influence of economic, political and institutional interests on the city’s inhabitants and artists, and the value generated by a city with a rich cultural life in comparison to rural areas. Also in the MQ in early 2015, the Leopold Museum is showing a group of works by leading contemporary British artist Tracey Emin (b. 1963) for the first time in Austria. Presenting these pieces alongside selected works by Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele (1890-1918) establishes a special link with the location of the exhibition: the Leopold Museum is renowned for possessing the world’s largest collection of works by Schiele.
In Vienna’s first district, the Albertina is exhibiting 200 works taken from among the 80,000 pieces that make up the Musée d’Orsay collection. Werner Spies, former director of Musée national d'art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris personally selected the exhibits for the show. The sketches from the Musée d’Orsay are rarely put on show due to their sensitivity to light. Tales of 2 Cities at the Jewish Museum brings an exhibition to the Austrian capital that had previously been on show in Moscow. A group of six Russian and Austrian artists consider a range of twentieth-century objects from two collections located in Moscow and Vienna – the Memorial society in Moscow (created 1990) and the Jewish Museum in Vienna (established 1988). Meanwhile the Kunstforum Wien is mounting a show dedicated to contemporary landscape photography, entitled Landscape in my Mind, which takes a spiritual journey through various interpretations of the genre.
Vienna’s Ringstrasse is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015. The showpiece boulevard was officially opened by Emperor Franz Joseph on 1 May 1865. Numerous exhibitions are taking place throughout the jubilee year, and the first six months of 2015 include the opening of a show on the story of the construction of the Secession, a look at the architecture of the National Socialist era at the Architekturzentrum Wien, and an exhibit examining the Jewish history of the Ringstrasse at the Jewish Museum (all events listed at www.ringstrasse2015.info/en). Plus, the University of Vienna is celebrating its 650th anniversary in 2015 with a series of exhibitions and events.
- Jasper Johns: Regrets, 1 Jan-26 Apr 2015, Belvedere, Upper Belvedere, Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at
- Europe in Vienna. The Congress of Vienna of 1814/15, 20 Feb-21 Jun 2015, Lower Belvedere and Orangery, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at
- Rembrandt – Titian – Bellotto. The Spirit and Splendor of the Dresden Picture Gallery, 11 Jun-26 Oct 2015, Winter Palace, Himmelpfortgasse 8, 1010 Vienna, www.belvedere.at
- Ludwig goes Pop, 13 Feb-13 Sep 2015, mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, www.mumok.at
- My Body is the Event. Viennese Actionism and International Performance, 6 Mar-23 Aug, 2015, mumok – Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, www.mumok.at
- Destination Vienna 2015, 17 Apr-31 May 2015, Kunsthalle Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, www.kunsthallewien.at
- Where I Want To Go. Tracey Emin/Egon Schiele, 24 Apr-14 Sep 2015, Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, www.leopoldmuseum.org
- Degas, Cézanne, Seurat from the Musée d’Orsay. Archive of Dreams, 30 Jan-3 May, 2015, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.albertina.at
- Tales of 2 Cities, 20 Jan-April 2015, Jewish Museum Vienna, Palais Eskeles, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna, www.jmw.at
- Landscape in my mind. Landscape photography today. Hamish Fulton to Andreas Gursky, 2 Feb-26 Apr 2015, Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna, www.bankaustria-kunstforum.at
- Vienna, the pearl of the empire. Plans for Hitler, 19 Mar-17 Aug 2015, Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, www.azw.at
- Too Modern For The Front Row – the story behind the construction of the Secession, 19 Mar-11 Oct 2015, Secession, Friedrichstrasse 12, 1010 Vienna, www.secession.at
- Ringstrasse. A Jewish Boulevard? 25 Mar-4 Oct 2015, Jewish Museum Vienna, Palais Eskeles, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna, www.jmw.at
- University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna, www.univie.ac.at