Major exhibitions until June 2015
Works by a diverse mix of artists including Tracey Emin, Jasper Johns, Rembrandt, Titian and Bellotto are being showcased in museums in Vienna in the first half of 2015. Also on the calendar are a show on Viennese Actionism, drawings from Paris’s Musée d’Orsay and a contemporary landscape photography exhibition, as well as exhibitions to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Ringstrasse and the 650th anniversary of the University of Vienna. An overview of the highlights for the first six months of the year.
The Belvedere starts 2015 with Jasper Johns: Regrets, putting the latest work by the US artist (b. 1930) on show at the Upper Belvedere. Experimentation is a key feature of his works – as reflected in this carefully considered compilation of two paintings, ten sketches and two prints produced during the past two years. The Belvedere is also dedicating an extensive exhibition to the Congress of Vienna, entitled Europe in Vienna: The Congress of Vienna 1814/15. Hosted at the Lower Belvedere and the Orangery, it sheds light on the political and social ramifications of this event. At Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace in the city centre, the Belvedere is presenting Rembrandt – Titian – Bellotto: The Spirit and Splendour of the Dresden Picture Gallery. Roughly 100 masterpieces from the Dresden State Art Collection by celebrated artists including Rembrandt, Titian, Bernardo Bellotto, Guido Reni, Anthony van Dyck and Antoine Watteau are on show.
At the MuseumsQuartier (MQ), one of the ten biggest culture centres in the world, four floors of the mumok are being given over to one of the leading holdings of Pop Art: the collection of German industrialists Peter and Irene Ludwig. This far-ranging exhibition, Ludwig Goes Pop, brings together around 100 pieces from six different galleries associated with the collectors. mumok is also exploring its Viennese Actionism collection in the context of international developments in performance art. The exhibition My Body is the Event juxtaposes actionist works by Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler with pieces by leading international proponents of performance art such as Marina Abramovic, Joseph Beuys, Chris Burden, Paul McCarthy, Bruce Nauman and Yoko Ono.
Destination Vienna 2015 at the Kunsthalle Wien in the MuseumsQuartier aims to address a variety of aspects of living in Vienna. Themes include the influence of economic, political and institutional interests on the city’s inhabitants and artists, and the value generated by a city with a rich cultural life in comparison to rural areas. Also in the MQ in early 2015, the Leopold Museum is showing a group of works by leading contemporary British artist Tracey Emin (b. 1963) for the first time in Austria. Presenting these pieces alongside selected works by Austrian expressionist painter Egon Schiele (1890-1918) establishes a special link with the location of the exhibition: the Leopold Museum is renowned for possessing the world’s largest collection of works by Schiele.
In Vienna’s old city center, the Albertina is exhibiting 200 works taken from among the 80,000 pieces that make up the Musée d’Orsay collection. Werner Spies, former director of Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris personally selected the exhibits for the show. The sketches from the Musée d’Orsay are rarely put on show due to their sensitivity to light. Meanwhile the Kunstforum Wien is mounting a show dedicated to contemporary landscape photography, entitled Landscape in my Mind, which takes a spiritual journey through various interpretations of the genre.
Vienna’s Ringstrasse is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015. The showpiece boulevard was officially opened by Emperor Franz Joseph on 1 May 1865. Numerous exhibitions are taking place throughout the jubilee year. Plus, the University of Vienna is celebrating its 650th anniversary in 2015 with a series of exhibitions and events.
All exhibitions at a glance
- Jasper Johns: Regrets, Jan 16-Apr 26 2015, Belvedere, Upper Belvedere, Prinz Eugen-Strasse 27, 1030 Vienna
- Europe in Vienna. The Congress of Vienna of 1814/15, Feb 20-Jun 21 2015, Lower Belvedere and Orangery, Rennweg 6, 1030 Vienna
- Rembrandt – Titian – Bellotto. The Spirit and Splendour of the Dresden Picture Gallery, Jun 11-Oct 26 2015, Winter Palace, Himmelpfortgasse 8, 1010 Vienna
- Ludwig goes Pop, Feb 13-Sep 13 2015, mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
- My Body is the Event. Viennese Actionism and International Performance, Mar 6-Aug 23, 2015, mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
- Destination Vienna 2015, Apr 17-May 31 2015, Kunsthalle Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
- Where I Want To Go. Tracey Emin / Egon Schiele, Apr 24-Sep 14 2015, Leopold Museum, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
- Degas, Cézanne, Seurat from the Musée d’Orsay. Archive of Dreams, Jan 30-May 3, 2015, Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna
- Landscape in my mind. Landscape photography today. Hamish Fulton to Andreas Gursky, Feb 2-Apr 26 2015, Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna
- Vienna, the pearl of the empire. Plans for Hitler, Mar 19-Aug 17, 2015, Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
- Too Modern For The Front Row – the story behind the construction of the Secession, Mar 19-Oct 11, 2015, Secession, Friedrichstrasse 12, 1010 Vienna
- University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna, www.univie.ac.at.10.2015, Jüdisches Museum Wien, Palais Eskeles, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Wien