Vienna Media News 03/2019 Major exhibitions in Viennese museums in the second half of 2019

Sep 6-Dec 1, 2019: Maria Lassnig/Albertina

Maria Lassnig (1919–2014) is seen as one of the most important female artists of the twentieth century alongside Louise Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell and Agnes Martin. Lassnig put her body at the center of her art from an early stage, long before body consciousness, body language and the relationship between men and women became important themes for the international avant garde. The Albertina is mounting a comprehensive retrospective to mark what would have been the Austrian artist’s 100th birthday.

Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,

Sep 20, 2019-Jan 6, 2020: Albrecht Dürer/Albertina

With just under 140 works by the great artist to its credit, the Albertina owns the world’s most important collection of drawings by Albrecht Dürer. Also featuring loan pieces from international collections, the exhibition will illustrate how Dürer’s output as a draftsman is, at the very least, the equal of his work as a painter and print-maker.

Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna,

Sep 27, 2019-Jan 20, 2020: Richard Gerstl. Inspiration – Legacy/Leopold Museum

Richard Gerstl (1883-1908) is widely held to be the first Austrian expressionist. Before Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka, he developed an oeuvre brimming with stylistic innovations, creating abstract gestural works that broke with the conventions of his time. More than 25 years after the last monographic presentation of his work in Austria, the Leopold Museum is mounting a comprehensive exhibition designed to give a greater insight into Gerstl’s connections to his contemporaries and role models, as well as to present day artists.

Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier Vienna, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna,

Oct 10, 2019-Jan 12, 2020: Pierre Bonnard. The Colour of Memory/Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien

The first major retrospective of Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) in Austria takes color as the artist’s primary means of expression and composition. Bonnard develops and models moods and spaces alike, creating entire compositions through color chords and dissonances drawing on the contrasts and interplay of warm and cooler tones.

Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna,

Oct 15, 2019-Jan 19, 2020: Caravaggio & Bernini/Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

The trailblazing work of the painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610) and the sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598-1680) are at the heart of this major new show at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. With around 60 major painted works and sculptures, the exhibition will showcase the revolutionary and innovative art of the early seventeenth century: fascinating works laden with drama, intense passion, a strong sense of movement, and a distinct theatricality derived from bold use of color. Caravaggio and Bernini were two of the main figures to cause a stir in Rome at the time, through new means of expression and an unconventional lifestyle.

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

Nov 8, 2019-Apr 13, 2020: Classic Modernism from the mumok Collection/mumok

This latest staging of classic modernist works sees the mumok showcase items from its holdings from the era of expressionism to the 1950s. Inspired by pioneering artists and theorists and areas such as Bauhaus, the order of the white cube is disrupted while the new way of thinking is given a voice through fragments and montages.

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

November 20, 2019-May 17, 2020: Otto Prutscher. Universal Designer of Viennese Modernism/MAK

This exhibition looks at the numerous roles taken up by Otto Prutscher (1880-1949) in the development of Viennese modernism – as an architect and designer, exhibition designer, teacher and member of all the key reformist artistic movements in the city.

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

Dec 18, 2019-Apr 13, 2020: Bentwood and Beyond. Thonet and Modern Furniture Design/MAK

To mark the 200th anniversary of Thonet, this exhibition showcases the company’s seminal influence on modern furniture making. It was in Vienna that German master carpenter Michael Thonet perfected his bentwood furniture production technique, setting him on his way to building the largest furniture empire of the nineteenth century.

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


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