Beauty and the Abyss: Klimt, Schiele, Wagner, Moser
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Beauty and the Abyss: Klimt, Schiele, Wagner, Moser

About This Project

January 2018 – January 2019
Vienna, Austria






Numerous exhibitions in 2018 will illustrate how artists, scientists, architects and many others had a lasting impact on Vienna in the years around 1900.



Leopold Museum

Vienna around 1900! Klimt – Moser – Gerstl – Kokoschka

January 18 – June 10, 2018


The exhibition shows selected works by the main representatives of Vienna Art Nouveau, Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser, as well as the Expressionists Richard Gerstl and Oskar Kokoschka. Seminal works by Klimt, such as “Death and Life”, can be seen, as can paintings by Moser (including “Venus in the Grotto”). Outstanding examples of Moser’s design around 1900, such as furniture, handicrafts and posters of the Wiener Werkstätte, are also presented.




Lower Belvedere

Klimt is not the end. Awakening in Central Europe

March 22 – August 26, 2018


The end of the First World War and the death of Klimt, Schiele, Wagner and Moser are often interpreted as marking the end of an era, an artistic heyday. The exhibition shows the changes this severe historic cleft actually unleashed, the restrictions it caused, the new perspectives that opened up and the continuities that persisted. This makes it possible see what remained and what changed in the art of the Danube Monarchy and in the newly created nation states. Around 80 works by artists including Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, Moser and Egger-Lienz will be shown.




MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art

Post Otto Wagner – From the Austrian Post Savings Bank to the Post-Modern

30 May – 30 September 2018


The exhibition examines the impact of Otto Wagner as the “father of Modernism”. This involves looking as much at the context and interactions between Wagner and other protagonists of early Modernism as it does Wagner’s influence on contemporaries, pupils and subsequent generations of architects and designers. Starting with the most important works by Otto Wagner, the exhibition presents themed areas in which his lasting impact on the architecture of Modernism and Post-Modernism can be vividly traced.




Imperial Furniture Collection

Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos and Furniture design in Viennese Modernism. Artists, Patrons and Producers.

March 21 – October 7, 2018


This exhibition presents the work of the leading architects of Viennese Modernism – Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos and Josef Hoffmann – as interior designers and furniture designers and their differing approaches to the two disciplines. Another part of the show looks at the manufacturers behind the furniture and interiors, such as Portois & Fix and Gebrüder Thonet as well as their often high-profile patrons (such as Berta Zuckerkandl). Large-format architecture photos by Walter Zednicek show key buildings of Viennese Modernism.



Other Museums:

  • Orangery (Lower Belvedere): Egon Schiele – Ways of a collection
  • Wien Museum: Otto Wagner
  • Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: Stairway to Klimt. The Klimt Bridge + “Nuda Veritas”
  • Jewish Museum Vienna: The place to be. Salons as places of emancipation
  • Arnold Schönberg Center: Arnold Schoenberg and Young Vienna
  • Literature Museum: Berg, Wittgenstein, Zuckerkandl. Leading Figures of Viennese Modernism.
  • Bulgarian Cultural Institute / Wittgenstein House: Ludwig Wittgenstein: The Tractatus Odyssey (100 years of Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus)
  • Ernst Fuchs Museum: Old Viennese Salon Culture – Dazzling Stage for a Society
  • Austrian Friedrich and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation: Vienna 1924. Avant Garde Hotspot
  • House of Music. The Museum of Sound: Vienna Modernism. A new musical era
  • Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien: From strange to new – Fascinating Japan. Far Eastern aesthetics and the dawn of Modernism in Europe
  • Theater Museum: Applications. Koloman Moser and the stage











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