Egon Schiele (born 1918) was one of the pioneers of the Wiener Moderne, or Viennese Modernism, alongside Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka. The Albertina gets the commemorations celebrating the artist’s life under way with a major show consisting of works from its own extensive collection of Schiele’s works. The exhibition will provide a unique insight into his progression as a sketch artist and watercolourist while delving into an oeuvre that centres thematically on the existential loneliness of man. The Shape of Time - An exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna presents leading works from the gallery’s holdings side by side with prominent works mostly by contemporary artists including Titian and Francis Bacon, and Rubens and Maria Lassnig.
Two exhibitions in the Audience Waiting Room at the Imperial Apartments at the Hofburg focus on high-profile Habsburg personalities. Emperor Franz II/I, the grandfather of Emperor Franz Joseph I, is depicted in three impressive wall paintings by the famous artist Johann Peter Krafft dating back to the 1830’s. The second exhibition takes a look at Elisabeth in her role as Queen of Hungary. The affection shown by her husband Emperor Franz Joseph I to the Hungarian people, the couple’s numerous trips to Gödöllö and the high regard in which the nation held Sisi are among the starring themes of the new show.
A number of major exhibitions are devoted to the 300th anniversary of the birth of another famous Habsburg. 300 Years of Maria Theresa: Strategist – Mother – Reformer is the title of a far-reaching jubilee show spread across four locations. The exhibitions at the Imperial Carriage Museum and Hofmobiliendepot. Imperial Furniture Collection in Vienna, and at Schloss Hof and Schloss Niederweiden in Lower Austria present a portrait of one of the most important advocates of enlightened absolutism, who pushed through numerous long-term reforms during her rule (1740-1780). She bore her husband Franz I Stephan 16 children, which saw her romanticized as a symbolic mother figure. The Austrian National Library is also celebrating the monarch in an exhibition entitled Maria Theresia. Habsburgs’ Most Powerful Woman.
The MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art is putting glass in the spotlight in two exhibitions. For the first time The Architects’ Glass. Vienna 1900-1937 looks at the era-defining influence that designs from younger proponents of Viennese Modernism had on the development of decorative glass in Vienna in the early 20th century. The show will feature 370 glasses, most of which come from the MAK vaults. Glasses from the Empire and Biedermeier Period will show leading pieces from the MAK’s Biedermeier collection alongside outstanding items from Christian Kuhn’s private collection.
- Egon Schiele, Feb 22-Jun 18, 2017, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.albertina.at
- The Shape of Time - An exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Apr 24-Aug 27, 2017, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna, www.khm.at
- Kaiser Franz II/I and the Power of Pictures, Jan 20-Jun 11, 2017, Audience Waiting Room at the Imperial Apartments, Hofburg, Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna, www.hofburg-wien.at
- Elisabeth – Queen of Hungary, Jun 23, 2017-Jan 7, 2018, Audience Waiting Room at the Imperial Apartments, Hofburg, Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna, www.hofburg-wien.at
- 300 Years of Maria Theresia: Strategist – Mother – Reformer, Mar 15-Nov 29, 2017:
Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna, Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse, 1130 Vienna, www.khm.at
Imperial Furniture Collection. Vienna, Andreasgasse 7, 1070 Vienna, www.hofmobiliendepot.at
Schloss Hof, Schlosshof 1, 2294 Schlosshof, www.schlosshof.at
Schloss Niederweiden, Niederweiden, 2292 Engelhartstetten, www.schlosshof.at
Maria Theresia. Habsburgs’ Most Powerful Woman, Feb 17-Jun 5 2017, Austrian National Library, Josefsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, www.onb.ac.at
- The Architects’ Glass. Vienna 1900–1937, Jan 18-Apr 16, 2017, MAK – MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, www.mak.at
- Glasses from the Empire and Biedermeier Period, Feb 1-Apr 16, 2017, MAK – MAK – MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna, www.mak.at