In 2018, the creations of many advocates of Viennese modernism will take centre stage. These will include personalities such as painter Gustav Klimt, architect Otto Wagner, painter Egon Schiele, and artist Koloman Moser. Sigmund Freud, Arnold Schönberg, Josef Hoffmann, Adolf Loos, Berta Zuckerkandl, and Gustav Mahler will also be honoured.
10 recommended exhibitions for 2018
1. Leopold Museum
From February until the end of October 2018, paintings, graphics, autographs, poems, and photography from the life of Egon Schiele will be displayed under the title “Egon Schiele. Expression and Lyricism” to mark the 100th anniversary of the painter’s death. Works on paper from Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser will also be exhibited.
2. Art History Museum
From March to September 2018, the KHM will display Gustav Klimt’s “Nuda Veritas” painting under the exhibition name “The naked truth. Klimt confronted.”. The “Klimt bridge” will already be open from the 13th February to 2nd September. At twelve metres high, “Stairway to Klimt” will open the picture cycle with 13 paintings which were created between the pillars and arcades.
Tip: In 2018, regular tours and events will be on offer at the Klimt Villa, which was the painter’s creative domain.
3. Wien Museum at Karlsplatz
An extensive exhibition dedicated to the architect Otto Wagner will run from the 15th March to the 7th October. As part of this, valuable sketches, paintings, furniture, and personal items will be displayed at the Wien Museum.
From September 21, 2018 to January 6, 2019, a comprehensive Claude Monet (1840-1926) exhibition can be seen in the Albertina. This includes pre-Impressionist works to his very last paintings, which were created in his garden in Giverny. The retrospective includes 100 paintings provided by over 40 lenders from around the world.
5. Imperial Furniture Museum
One of the exhibitions taking place from the 21st March to the 7th October at Vienna’s Imperial Furniture Museum deals with the leading architects of Viennese modernism. Otto Wagner, Adolf Loos, and Josef Hoffmann are regarded as interior architects and furniture designers and will be shown in all their diversity. Furthermore, furniture producers from Portois & Fix and the Thonet brothers and their prominent clients, such as Berta Zuckerkandl, will be presented.
6. Literature Museum
“Berg, Wittgenstein, Zuckerkandl. Three leading figures of Viennese modernism” is the name given to the exhibition of these insights that will be displayed from April 2018 to February 2019. The Literature Museum presents influential figures such as Berta Zuckerkandl, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and Alban Berg and their network of connections.
7. Jewish Museum Vienna
As part of the “Arnstein, Todesco, Zuckerkandl. Hostesses and their salons between art and politics” exhibition, the networks of the past will be displayed in the Jewish Museum from the 24th April to the 30th September. These used to take place in the salons, which played an important role as a cultivated area for exchanging ideas. The most important hostesses were Fanny von Arnstein, Sophie von Todesco, Berta Zuckerkandl, and Hilde Spiel.
8. Ernst Fuchs Museum
From June to September, “The salon culture of old Vienna” will also be presented in the Ernst Fuchs Museum. This will take place in all the rooms in the Jugendstil villa where Otto Wagner once lived.
9. Haus der Musik
The sound museum will illuminate the musical era “From the Viennese Classic to the Second Viennese School” using exhibition rooms dedicated to Gustav Mahler and Arnold Schönberg.
Further tips and a preview of the end of 2018 and 2019:
Belvedere – Orangery in the Lower Belvedere
The “Egon Schiele – Ways of a collection” will deal with every work of the Belvedere Schiele collection from the 19th October 2018 to the 17th February 2019.
MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts
From the 20th December 2018 to the 22nd April 2019, the MAK will focus on the artist Koloman Moser and present his comprehensive work as a painter, graphic designer, and craftsman.