• An Autumn of Art in the Austrian Capital

    by  • September 2, 2015 • Art, City Breaks, Exhibitions, Vienna

    From Rembrandt, Titian and Bellotto to Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka, a wealth of art awaits you this autumn in Vienna.

    With summer in its final throes and as the days start drawing in, so the museums start gearing up for their autumnal programmes of cultural temporary exhibitions. And there’s certainly no shortage to choose from, whatever your artistic leaning. Looking at fabulous Vienna, here’s a (by no means complete) round-up of artistic openings and events taking place across the Austrian capital over the coming months…


    Already underway are two exhibitions that you won’t want to miss if you happen to be city breaking in Vienna over the next couple of months. Running until the 8th of November at the Belvedere’s Winterpalais is an exhibition of around 100 masterpieces entitled ‘Rembrandt – Titian – Bellotto. Spirit and splendour of the Dresden Picture Gallery’. Loaned by the Dresden Picture Library, the exhibition traces the establishment and development of this collection by the 17th-century electors of Saxony and amongst the works on display are portraits, landscapes and still lifes by the likes of Rembrandt, Titian and Bellotto, alongside van Dyck, Velázquez and Watteau. The exhibition can be visited daily.

    Over at the Orangery meanwhile in the Lower Belvedere is an exhibition devoted to Klimt entitled ‘Klimt and the Ringstrasse’, showcasing works by the likes of Hans Makart through to a young Gustav Klimt, Ringstrasse painters who are said to have defined their era. The exhibition seeks to explore the art of the Ringstrasse period (celebrating its 150th anniversary this year) and the collections amassed by the influential Viennese collectors of the time. Open daily, the exhibition runs until October 11th.

    Klimt meanwhile makes a second appearance at the Lower Belvedere in October, when a new exhibition explores how three influential artists – Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka – dealt with the female gender. Entitled ‘Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka and the Women’, the exhibition presents an artistic overview of the changing gender roles, the increasing equality amongst men and women and the origins of modern sexual identity at the beginning of the 20th century with four principal themes: the portrait, the couple (in love), the mother and child, and the nude. The exhibition opens on the 22nd of October and runs through the winter months until February 28th, 2016.

    Those avid followers of the Cities Direct blogs will know that I’ve already waxed lyrical about the many Munch exhibitions taking place across Europe this autumn, but as one is taking place in Vienna, it makes sense to mention it here, too. On display at the Albertina Museum from September 25th is ‘Love, Death and Loneliness’, featuring around 120 of Edvard Munch’s most important printed graphic works including lithographs of The Scream, Anxiety, Madonna, The Kiss and Melancholy. Housed within the grandeur of the Imperial Palace, the exhibition runs until January 24th, 2016 and is open daily from 10am until 6pm (9pm on Wednesdays).

    If the above don’t take your fancy, there’s also a homage to German Art since 1960 at the Essl Museum (until 15th November), or ‘Farbenrausch. Masterpieces of German Expressionism ‘at the Leopold Museum from October 9th until January 11th, 2016. If you’re quick meanwhile, you could catch ‘Tracey Emin – Egon Schiele. Where I Want to Go’ also at the Leopold Museum (until September 14th), featuring 80 works by the controversial British artist alongside a personal selection of drawings by Schiele.


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