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Vienna Media News 11/2016 Major exhibitions in the first half of 2017

Egon Schiele was one of the pioneers of the Wiener Moderne, or Viennese Modernism, alongside Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka. The Albertina will get the commemorations celebrating the artist’s life (born 1918) under way with a major show consisting of works from its own significant Schiele collection. The exhibition will provide a unique insight into his progression as a sketch artist and watercolorist while delving into an oeuvre that centers 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.

In its upcoming Woman exhibition the Mumok focuses on 1970s feminist avant garde. More than 300 art works from the Verbund collections show how the artists of the time collectively created their own “image of a woman”. The Winter Palace in Vienna’s historic old town is mounting a show by independent curator exhibition designer Judith Clark and psychoanalyst Adam Phillips. The Frivolous – vulgar – bold Fashion redefined exhibition takes literary definitions of the “vulgar” as its starting point. Enjoy more than 120 objects on show – from the Renaissance to the 21st century – including collectors’ items from all over the world as well as contributions from leading designers and fashion houses such as Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Louis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood.

Two exhibitions in the Audience Waiting Room at the Imperial Apartments at the Hofburg in 2017 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 1830s. The first Austrian and last emperor to wear the crown of the Holy Roman Emperor is presented with this cycle as the starting point. 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 central 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 this 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 three 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 first four decades of the 20th century. The show will feature 370 glasses, most of which come from the MAK vaults. Biedermeier Glass will show leading pieces from the MAK’s Biedermeier collection alongside outstanding items from Christian Kuhn’s private collection. The Lobmeyr – Contemporary Positions show illustrates the creative output of the famous Viennese glass makers over the past 10 years. It focuses on partnerships between artists and designers, as well as re-editions and lighting objects.

  • Egon Schiele, Feb 22-Jun 18, 2017, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,
  • The Shape of Time - An exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Apr 24-Aug 27, 2017, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna,
  • Woman. 1970s Feminist Avant Garde from the Verbund collection, May 5-Sep 10, 2017, mumok - Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,
  • Frivolous – vulgar –bold. Fashion Redefined, Feb 24-Jun 25, 2017, Winter Palace, Himmelpfortgasse 8, 1010 Vienna,
  • 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,
  • Elisabeth – Queen of Hungary, Jun 23, 2017-Jan 7, 2018, Audience Waiting Room at the Imperial Apartments, Hofburg, Michaelerkuppel, 1010 Vienna,
  • 300 Years of Maria Theresia: Strategist – Mother – Reformer, Mar 15-Nov 29, 2017:
    Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna, Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse, 1130 Vienna,
    Imperial Furniture Collection. Vienna, Andreasgasse 7, 1070 Vienna,
    Schloss Hof, Schlosshof 1, 2294 Schlosshof,
    Schloss Niederweiden, Niederweiden, 2292 Engelhartstetten,
    Maria Theresia. Habsburgs’ Most Powerful Woman, Feb 17-Jun 5 2017, Austrian National Library, Josefsplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,
  • The Architects’ Glass. Vienna 1900–1937, Jan 18-Apr 16, 2017, MAK – MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna,
  • Biedermeier Glass, Feb 1-Apr 16, 2017, MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna,
  • Lobmeyr – Contemporary Positions, Feb 15-Apr 16, 2017, MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna,


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