Vienna Media News 06/2017 Major exhibitions in the second half of 2017

Jun 30-Oct 29, 2017: FISCHERSPOONER. Sir

mumok – museum of modern art ludwig foundation vienna, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

Sir, the art, music and performance project by FISCHERSPOONER (aka Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner) presents the artists’ passionate universe enriched with countless pop culture references for the first time at the mumok. The duo recreates Casey Spooner’s New York apartment in a special installation that examines various questions about the boundaries between private and public spaces.

Jul 7-Sep 4, 2017: Radek Knapp meets Alfred Kubin. The Hour of Birth

Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

41 chief works by Alfred Kubin enter in the newly created Graphic Cabinet into an enchanting dialogue with the author Radek Knapp.

Jul 7-Sep 18, 2017: Female Images. From Biedermeier to Early Modernism

Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

The Leopold Collection is devoting a series of themed exhibitions to images of females, using works from its holdings. This show centres on works by Austrian artists completed between 1830 and 1930, the period that forms the main focus of the collection.

Jul 7-Nov 1, 2017: Jan III Sobieski. A Polish King in Vienna

Winter Palace, Himmelpfortgasse 4-8, 1010 Vienna,

The Polish King Jan III Sobieski (1629-1696) is inextricably bound to the history of Vienna: as commander of the united armies, in 1683 the Polish King liberated the city – which many had believed lost – from the Ottomans, who had been laying siege to the capital for several weeks. In addition to biographical background information, the exhibition will examine Sobieski’s roles as a military commander and as a patron of the arts and sciences.

Sep 8-Dec 3, 2017: Bruegel. Drawing the World

Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,

The drawings and printed graphic works by Pieter Bruegel the Elder are among the Albertina’s most treasured possessions, alongside masterpieces by Dürer, Raphael and Rubens. This Viennese gallery owns six of around 60 surviving drawings by the Dutch artist as well as his entire printed oeuvre. The comprehensive exhibition will explore Bruegel’s artistic beginnings in a major show while looking at his significance as a “peasant painter” and the “second Hieronymus Bosch”, an innovator of landscape art and a social satirist.

Sep 13, 2017-Feb 18, 2018: Visions of Nature

Kunst Haus Wien, Museum Hundertwasser, Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13, 1030 Vienna,

Our relationship with nature seems confused. Humans identify as part of it, acknowledge that it is endangered, yet continue to harm it. This exhibition documents the ambivalent relationship between people and nature, presenting artistic positions from the genres of video and photography that reflect this contradiction.

Sep 29, 2017-Jan 7, 2018: Raphael

Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,

The first show of works solely by Raphael to be staged in Austria, this exhibition encompasses 170 drawings and paintings, and covers all of the artist's major projects. From his early Umbrian period to his Florentine era and his last years in Rome, it takes in all stages of his career. Works from the Albertina’s own collection and from major museums give a comprehensive overview of the High Renaissance master’s output.

Oct 13, 2017-Jan 22, 2018: Ferdinand Hodler. Elective Affinities from Klimt to Schiele

Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

As an exponent of symbolism and Art Nouveau, as a pioneer of expressionism and as a reviver of monumental painting, Ferdinand Hodler (1853–1918) was an important source of inspiration for Vienna Modernist artists including Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser, as well as Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele.

Oct 17, 2017-Jan 21, 2018: Rubens. Power of Transformation

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna,

Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) is still regarded as the foremost Flemish painter of the Baroque period. The Kunsthistorisches Museum has around forty paintings by the master and his studio. They include intensely vibrant key works teeming with figures, such as the huge altarpieces for the Jesuit Church in Antwerp, and more intimate depictions, including the Portrait of Hélène Fourment (Het Pelsken), the Head of Medusa, and Rubens’s late self-portrait. The impressive exhibition features Viennese works together with loan exhibits from numerous international collections, bringing Rubens’ output to life in sketches, oil sketches, panel painting and large-format canvasses.

Oct 18, 2017-May 6, 2018: Helena Rubinstein. Pioneer of Beauty

Judenplatz Museum, Misrachi House, Judenplatz 8, 1010 Vienna,

Helena Rubinstein was a pioneer of female entrepreneurship. The exhibition traces key moments in her life with a particular focus on her time in Vienna. Helena Rubinstein did not grow up surrounded by privilege. Born in Kraków in the 1870s as the eldest of eight daughters, she grew up in modest circumstances in an Orthodox Jewish family. When she died in 1965 her company had 100 branches in 14 countries and employed 30,000 people.

Oct 25, 2017-Jan 21, 2018: Robert Frank

Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,

Robert Frank’s work group The Americans, which he created between 1955 and 1957, marked a new chapter in the history of photography: taken during a road trip across the USA, Frank’s gritty black and white images look at the post-war American way of life, which he shows as being shaped by racism, violence and consumerism. The Albertina shows selected groups of works, which trace Robert Frank’s progression as an artist: central aspects of his work are explored in the exhibition, from his early Swiss dispatches and photographs taken while traveling in Europe to The Americans and his later, introspective oeuvre.

Dec 15, 2017-Apr 15, 2018: Aesthetics of Change. 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts

MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art, Stubenring 5, 1010 Vienna,

In 1867 the Kunstgewerbeschule was set up at the Imperial Austrian Museum of Art and Industry, with a view to making Austrian arts and crafts competitive on the international stage. Vienna’s Kunstgewerbeschule was the precursor of today’s University of Applied Arts, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. The history of this celebrated university forms the focus of a major exhibition at the MAK, which also explores future possibilities.


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