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Vienna Media News 12/2018 Major exhibitions in Vienna in the first half of 2019

Female artists such as Elena Luksch-Makowsky, Helene Funke and Erika Giovanna Klien are virtually unknown today, despite writing their own chapter in the history of art. They made a major contribution to Viennese Modernism and the artistic movements after the First World War. The Lower Belvedere is devoting a retrospective to them entitled City of Women. Female Artists in Vienna from 1900 to 1938.

In a career spanning almost 60 years, Christian Ludwig Attersee successfully subverted all categorisations in the history of art. He has successively raised the aesthetic boundaries between high and low, pop and modern, and free and applied art. The focus of the Attersee. Feuerstelle exhibition at Belvedere 21 is based on the first 20 years of his career in particular, a period during which the artist formulated the complex diversity of his entire oeuvre.

Flying High: Female Artists of Art Brut at the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien is the first exhibition to take an in-depth look at the female protagonists of the Art Brut movement, exploring their international reach and historic and contemporary significance. What is true of every other area of life applies equally to art: only the perceptible exists.

In 2019 the Principality of Liechtenstein will celebrate its 300th anniversary and the Albertina will be marking the jubilee with a major exhibition. Visitors will be able to view the Princely Collections of Liechtenstein in all their rich diversity – including all of the spectacular new acquisitions made over the past 15 years – at the Rubens to Makart. The Princely Liechtenstein Collections exhibition.

The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna will be showing Austria’s first ever major retrospective dedicated to the American artist Mark Rothko (1903-1970). A selection of his most important works will be presented in a dialogue with works from the museum’s collection.

Vienna also represents an important point of departure for the plots of numerous literary works: as a place of remembrance, as a cityscape, as a crime scene and as a utopia. Vienna. A City in Literature, at the Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library, presents texts relating to the city from 1945 to the present day. It takes visitors on a stroll through the city, from the outskirts to the centre, to out-of-the-way locations and below street level.

The first fully-free Vienna city council elections in 1919 brought the Social Democratic Workers’ party an absolute majority in terms of both votes and councillors. Under intense international scrutiny, the party set about implementing a deeply divisive reform project. The Wien Museum’s exhibition Red Vienna. 1919 to 1934 at the MUSA puts the spotlight on this dynamic and experimental 15-year period of local government in Vienna.

  • City of Women. Female Artists in Vienna from 1900 to 1938, Jan 25-May 5, 2019, Belvedere – Unteres Belvedere, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna,
  • Attersee. Feuerstelle, Feb 1-Aug 18, 2019, Belvedere 21, Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030 Vienna,
  • Flying High: Female Artists of Art Brut, Feb 15-Jun 23, 2019, Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna,
  • Rubens to Makart. The Princely Liechtenstein Collections, Feb 16-Jun 10, 2019, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,
  • Mark Rothko, Mar 12-Jun 30, 2019, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna,
  • Vienna. A City in Literature, Apr 12, 2019-Feb 16, 2020, Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library, Johannesgasse 6, 1010 Vienna,
  • Red Vienna. 1919 to 1934, Apr 30 2019-Jan 19, 2020, MUSA Museum, Felderstrasse 6-8, 1010 Vienna,


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