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Vienna Media News 12/2018 News from Vienna’s museums

A new museum is opening in Austria to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the First Republic. The House of Austrian History, which opened on November 10, 2018 at the Neue Burg on Vienna’s Heldenplatz square, gives visitors a fascinating insight into the nation’s past. Its first temporary exhibition is entitled Aufbruch ins Ungewisse - Österreich seit 1918 [Into the Unknown – Austria since 1918]. On November 12, 2018 the Ephesus Museum reopened, also in the Neue Burg wing of the Hofburg complex. The newly adapted space shows numerous artefacts discovered in the ancient city of Ephesus by Austrian archaeologists back in 1895.

Several of the city’s museums are either in the process of being remodelled and refurbished, or are scheduled for upgrades in the near future. The Sigmund Freud Museum can only be seen in its current form at Berggasse 19 until the end of February 2019, after which point the apartment building it is in will be renovated and the museum expanded from its present size of 280m² to 400m². From March 1 until around May 2020 the museum will move to a temporary location at Berggasse 13. A few steps down from Freud’s former private apartments and consulting rooms, it will feature an exhibition of original furnishings, objects and images that shed light on the life and work of the founder of psychoanalysis.

The Wien Museum will also be refurbished and expanded over the coming years. Designed by Oswald Haerdtl and opened in 1959, the building is to be given a new lease of life as a pioneering city museum. The Karlsplatz site will close for building work on February 3, 2019, after which point the Wien Museum will present its collections at the MUSA. Some of the pieces will be sent off on travels to various destinations, including Japan where they will feature in two major exhibitions in 2019.

The Künstlerhaus on Karlsplatz, which opened in 1868, is also having work done, with its collections on show at an alternative venue in the fifth district until autumn 2019. The Picture Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna has found a home from home at the Theatre Museum while renovations are completed. Priceless works by old masters, including the world-famous Last Judgment triptych by Hieronymus Bosch, will be on show at its temporary home until around the end of 2020.

The refurbishment programme at the Secession was completed in September 2018, making the Art Nouveau (Jugendstil) building good as new in time for its 120th anniversary. This major undertaking included a renewal of the building's exterior, measures to improve accessibility, and an extension to the shop. Gustav Klimt’s Beethoven Frieze (1902) is on permanent display in the basement floor of the Secession building. This 34-meter-long work is a virtuoso interpretation of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

The Leopold Museum at the MuseumsQuartier Wien is closed from November 5 to December 5, 2018, while refurbishments are carried out on its roof. Once work is completed, the top floor will contain the new MQ Libelle event space. The new MQ Terrasse, open to the public, will offer some of the best views of the old town for free. Completion is scheduled for spring 2020.


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