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Vienna Media News 02/2018 Major exhibitions in Vienna in the second half of 2018

Inspired by Beauty and the Abyss. Klimt.Schiele.Wagner.Moser., Vienna will celebrate Modernism and four of the era’s chief protagonists in 2018, all of whom died in 1918. The painters Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, the architect Otto Wagner and the universal artist Koloman Moser all left an indelible mark on Vienna around 1900. Their life and work will be remembered at numerous exhibitions during the anniversary year.

Jul 13-Oct 29, 2018: Make Me Beautiful, Madame D’Ora. The Photographer D'Ora 1907-1957

Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

Aug 24-Oct 29, 2018: Moriz Nähr. Photography and Viennese Modernism

Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

Oct 10, 2018-Jan 20, 2019: Japonism

Bank Austria Kunstforum Vienna, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna,

Oct 15-Nov 30, 2018: Ludwig Wittgenstein: the Tractatus Odyssey (100 Years of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus)

Haus Wittgenstein, Cultural Department of the Bulgarian Embassy, Parkgasse 18, 1030 Vienna,

Oct 18, 2018-Apr 22, 2019: Applications. Koloman Moser and the Stage

Theater Museum, Lobkowitzplatz 2, 1010 Vienna,

Oct 19, 2018-Feb 17, 2019: Egon Schiele – Pathways to a Collection

Belvedere – Orangery, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna,

Dec 19, 2018-Apr 22, 2019: Koloman Moser. Universal Artist between Gustav Klimt and Josef Hoffmann

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

Further major exhibitions in Vienna in the second half of 2018

Jul 12, 2018-Feb 3, 2019: Photo/Politics/Austria/mumok

This exhibition takes a photographic journey back in time through Austrian history beginning in 1918, leading up to the present day. The project, undertaken in cooperation with Photoinstitut Bonartes, shows around 100 works from the mumok collection alongside loan pieces from Austrian and international institutions.

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

Sep 7, 2018-Jan 13, 2019: Polly Apfelbaum. Happiness Runs/Belvedere 21

The American artist Polly Apfelbaum will display several of her large-scale installations alongside one another at Belvedere 21 for the first time. Presented as a poetic holistic composition, they will initiate a dialog with the open, light-filled architecture of the former World Fair pavilion.

Belvedere 21, Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030 Vienna,

Sep 13, 2018-Feb 17, 2019: Still Life in Contemporary Photography/Kunst Haus Wien

This large-scale themed exhibition puts a genre back in the spotlight which is enjoying something of a renaissance in contemporary art: still life. Far from being about the nostalgic appeal of an almost forgotten genre, this contemporary re-evaluation is all about artists’ radical reappraisal of the art of the still-life as a means of expression. It is a question of shaking up established image conventions and extrapolating a clearly demarcated artistic alternative to the largely antiquated heritage styles and practices – with regard to the space in which the objects are placed, the space containing the subsequent images, and the space occupied by photography as a genre.

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

Sep 21, 2018-Jan 6, 2019: Claude Monet/Albertina

The Albertina is staging Austria’s largest presentation of works by Claude Monet (1840–1926) for more than 20 years. The exhibition covers all stages of his career from his early pre-impressionist works to the very last paintings that he created in his garden in Giverny.The retrospective feature 100 paintings lent by 40 collections worldwide.

Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,

Oct 2, 2018-Jan 13, 2019: Bruegel/Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

2019 is the 450th anniversary of the death of Pieter Bruegel the Elder (ca. 1525/30 – 1569). To mark the occasion the KHM will be devoting the world’s first major monographic exhibition to the most important Netherlandish painter of the sixteenth century. Only just over 40 paintings by Bruegel have survived to this day. With 12 paintings in its holdings, the KHM owns by far the largest collection in the world.

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

Oct 17, 2018-May 5, 2019: Bernstein. A New Yorker in Vienna/Judenplatz Museum

Two central questions guide visitors through this exhibition staged by the Jewish Museum Vienna to coincide with what would have been the star conductor and composer’s 100th birthday: Why did the Viennese need Leonard Bernstein? And why did Bernstein need Vienna?

Museum Judenplatz, Misrachi-Haus, Judenplatz 8, 1010 Vienna,

Nov 6, 2018-Apr 28, 2019: Wes Anderson & Juman Malouf. The Spitzmaus Mummy in a Coffin and Other Treasures/KHM

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna has invited multi-award-winning US filmmaker Wes Anderson and his wife Juman Malouf to curate an exhibition of objects from its collections. The exhibition will feature pieces from the Picture Gallery, the Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection, the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities, the Kunstkammer, the Collection of Arms and Armour, the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, the Coin Collection, the Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna, the Weltmuseum, the Theatre Museum and Schloss Ambras Innsbruck.

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

Nov 16, 2018-Jan 20, 2019: Ed Ruscha/Secession

Ed Ruscha had a significant hand in shaping the development of US art from the 1950s onwards. His unorthodox approach has done much to shape modern-day responses to contemporary art. Distancing himself from the gestural painting associated with American expressionism, he developed his own artistic approach that drew on aspects of minimalism, pop art and conceptualism. His style is defined by research, innovation and experimentation alongside critical distance and his rational and strictly non-emotional stance.

Secession, Friedrichstrasse 12, 1010 Vienna,

Nov 30, 2018-Apr 28, 2019: Ernst Caramelle. Welcome to the club (a Résumé)/mumok

mumok has the honor of hosting the first retrospective of the work of Austrian artist Ernst Caramelle. The exhibition covers all phases of his work from 1974 to the present day. Various media and Caramelle’s conceptual approach will be interlinked and given additional context for added accessibility, but without sacrificing the individual subtlety and strategic complexity of individual works.

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


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