Vienna & Museums (part I) – 03-06 November 2012

Among other things, Vienna is a Museum City… In one tourist guide I counted no less than 75 including a Funeral, an Esperanto and a Museum of Contraception and Abortion! Something for everyone… But with 4 days available, tons of energy and kilometres walked, here is a brief view to those we made it to.

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BelvedereTwo 18th century baroque palaces, Upper & Lower Belvedere plus a third – very recent – building, 21er House, a bit further away, but part of the complex. Besides the permanent collections, Upper Belvedere presents the highlight of the season, the Jubilee Exhibition ‘150 years Gustav Klimt’ (see earlier post here). Lower Belvedere features the exhibition ‘Awakening the Night. Art from Romanticism to the Present’. Very atmospheric, especially if you visit at dusk… The 21er House houses contemporary art, but by the time we’d finished with the first two, we were hungry and exhausted, so here’s something to look forward to…

MQ – MuseumsQuartier Wien. Opened in 2001, presented (on their website) as one of the world’s largest complexes for modern art and culture and I’m inclined to believe them. One can absolutely spend all their trip in this complex, day and night, and not get bored. But I can only report on two of the museums here:

Leopold Museum: this has been ‘my’ discovery, as Leopold exhibits the world’s largest collection of works by Egon Schiele, presented alongside significant works by Gustav Klimt, who, smart and generous as he was, took a particular interest in Schiele and became his mentor. He also introduced him to his Secession connections, arranged for his works to be exhibited and introduced him to potential patrons. In his short but highly productive life, Schiele went on to find his personal, very distinctive style, a true one-of-a-kind. The museum also houses important works by Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Gerstl, and Albin Egger-Lienz. PS: a number of Schiele’s works are part of the Belvedere permanent collection.

Still in Leopold, moving on another level we stumbled across a fantastic collection of objects from the Austrian arts and crafts movement around 1900 designed by Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, Josef Hoffmann, Koloman Moser, and Dagobert Peche. Some objects from other Continents as well as chinese and japanese art were also on display but I only had eyes for these:

To be continued… 


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