Art and Culture in Vienna
Velázquez, Painter to the King
From 28 October 2014 to 15 February 2015 at the Art History Museum
Diego Velázquez (1599-1660), who at the age of 24 was appointed the position of Court Painter to King Philip IV, was especially known for his portraits of the Spanish Infantas and Infantes. The Art History Museum is currently showing his extensive work in an outstanding exhibition, which also presents pieces on loan from the Prado in Madrid, the National Gallery in London, and many other establishments. One of the highlights of this exhibition is the famous “Rokeby Venus”.
Toulouse-Lautrec’s Path to Modernism
From 16 October 2014 to 25 January 2015 at the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s (1864-1901) world famous posters for entertainment venues were only one small part of his work. Marking the 150th birthday of Toulouse-Lautrec, the exhibition at the Kunstforum also shows other facets starting with early pieces, which are rooted in rural ambience, and then slowly going into his artwork that captured the Fin de Siècle atmosphere of Paris.
In the Light of Monet – Austrian Artists and the Work of the Great Impressionists
From 24 October 2014 to 08 February 2015 at Lower Belvedere, Orangery
In this interesting exhibition numerous oil paintings by Monet are compared against the works of Austrian painters. The highlight of the exhibition is formed by several variations of Monet’s “Water Lillies”.
Miró – From Earth to Sky
From 12 September 2014 to 11 January 2015 at the Albertina
The Albertina is dedicating a whole solo exhibition to Joan Miró (1893-1983) and showing about 100 paintings of the famous Catalonian artists. The selection of paintings shows his poetic perception and interpretation of the world and the universe. His magical pictorial language shows moons, insects, and birds with an almost childish fascination.
10 Years Sisi Museum
From 24 April 2014 to 01 February 2015 at the Imperial Palace
The Sisi Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary with a special exhibition being held in the Imperial apartments. “Silk – Lace -Ermine” shows exclusive pieces of clothing once worn by Empress Elisabeth. This, of course, is just an addition to the already spectacular collection of Sisi’s personal belongings, which paints a very three-dimensional portrait of the mysterious Empress.