The 150th anniversary of the opening of Vienna’s showpiece Ringstrasse boulevard has inspired several museums to put on special exhibitions this year. From July 3, 2015 the Belvedere will be looking at one of the most charismatic painters of his age, Gustav Klimt, in a new show entitled Klimt and the Ringstrasse. Starting with the work of the "artist prince" Hans Makart, visitors will then be treated to the triumphs of the young artists collective who gravitated towards Gustav Klimt.
On the 10th anniversary of the great Austrian’s death, the Wiesenthal in Vienna exhibition at the Jewish Museum on Judenplatz looks at Simon Wiesenthal’s ties to the city he worked in. Like virtually no other individual, Simon Wiesenthal (1908-2005) personifies efforts to come to terms with Europe’s Nazi past and a long-suppressed chapter in Austrian post-war history. In the 1990s Wiesenthal campaigned tirelessly for a monument to commemorate the Jews murdered in the Shoah, this would change the appearance of his adopted home city forever.
The Albertina is presenting Edvard Munch as a pioneer of graphic printing. A group of around 120 key works by the Norwegian artist shed light on iconic images from his oeuvre such as The Scream, Madonna or The Kiss. The second major exhibition at the Albertina, entitled Worlds of Romanticism, looks at various aspects of the ideological shift that first entered the public conscience around 1800. Caspar David Friedrich, Philipp Otto Runge, Francisco de Goya, Karl Friedrich Schinkel and William Turner are among the artists on display.
In autumn 2015 the Leopold Museum at the MuseumsQuartier will focus on the nascent German avant garde. A Rush of Colour. Masterpieces of German Expressionism presents a selection of around 30 paintings and 80 works on paper from the Osthaus Collection in Hagen by all the main exponents of German expressionism, including Die Brücke artists Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Mueller and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff, as well as representatives of the Neuer Künstlervereinigung München and the Blauer Reiter movement such as Gabriele Münter, Alexej von Jawlensky and Franz Marc.
After the success of its 2013/14 Lucian Freud exhibition, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien will be presenting Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust – the first ever Cornell exhibition hosted by an Austrian museum – as part of its contemporary and modern art series curated in cooperation with the Royal Academy of Art in London. Joseph Cornell was born in 1903 on the east coast of the USA. Despite being unable to paint, sketch or master conventional sculpture, and with no formal education, Cornell was nevertheless among the most innovative artists North America has ever produced. He rose to fame with his box sculptures. These cabinets, usually sealed with a glass lid, displayed sometimes curious everyday objects that he had collected over several decades in unusual arrangements and constellations.
Autumn at the Lower Belvedere will be dedicated to the Women of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka. These three leading figures of Viennese modernism, approached the sensitive subject referred to at the time as the ‘woman question’ from different, yet overlapping perspectives. The exhibition puts these differences, and similarities, under the spotlight to show how the sexes interacted in the early part of the twentieth century.
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson is at the heart of a comprehensive solo exhibition split between two different Viennese venues: Prince Eugene’s Baroque Winter Palace and the TBA21–Augarten. The show covers key works from three major private collections: TBA21, Vienna, Colección Jumex, Mexico city, and The Juan & Patricia Vergez Collection, Buenos Aires. Newly created commissions will reference the various locations and explore the relationship between Eliasson’s oeuvre and his critical and tropological interest in the Baroque style. The Josef Frank: Against Design exhibition showcases a collection of key works by Josef Frank, one of the most significant Austrian architects of the 20th century. He was born in Baden near Vienna in 1885 and died in Stockholm in 1967. Frank’s outstanding furniture and textiles designs continue to influence international design to this day.
- Klimt and the Ringstrasse, Jul 3–Oct 11, 2015, Belvedere, Unteres Belvedere, Orangerie, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at
- Wiesenthal in Vienna, Sep 20, 2015-March 2016, Jewish Museum on Judenplatz, Judenplatz 8, 1010 Vienna, www.jmw.at
- Edvard Munch, Sep 25, 2015-Jan 10, 2016, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.albertina.at
- Worlds of Romanticism, Nov 13 2015-Feb 28, 2016, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.albertina.at
- A Rush of Colour. Masterpieces of German Expressionism, Oct 9, 2015-Jan 11, 2016, Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.leopoldmuseum.org
- Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust, Oct 20, 2015-Jan 10, 2016, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna, www.khm.at
- The Women of Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka, Oct 22, 2015-Feb 28, 2016, Belvedere - Lower Belvedere & Orangery, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna, www.belvedere.at
- Olafur Eliasson, Nov 21, 2015-Mar 6, 2016, Winter Palace, Himmelpfortgasse 8, 1010 Vienna, www.belvedere.at, TBA21 Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary – Augarten, Scherzergasse 1, 1020 Vienna, www.tba21.org
- Josef Frank: Against Design, Dec 16, 2015-Apr 3, 2016, MAK - Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, www.blickfang.com, www.mak.at