Miro, Monet, Velazquez and Toulouse-Lautrec Exhibitions in Vienna 2014

In 2014, special temporary exhibitions in Vienna, Austria, will focus on the art of Joan Miró, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Claude Monet and Diego Velázquez.

Joan Miró Vögel und Insekten
Vögel und Insekten (Joan Miró) in the Albertina © VBK Wien 2013 / Fotostudio Heinz Preute, Vaduz

Vienna has several excellent art museums with wonderful permanent collections. However, Vienna’s main museums also stage spectacular temporary exhibitions with world-class works by major artists. In 2014, major solo artist exhibitions in Vienna’s top galleries will include amongst others Joan Miró in the Albertina, Claude Monet in the Orangery of the Lower Belvedere, Diego Velázquez in the Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM), and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the Bank Austria Kunstforum. Advance purchase, skip-the-line tickets are available for most museums in Vienna via Tiqets.

Joan Miró in the Albertina, Wien

Joan Miro Verwandlung Gouache Collage
© VBK, Wien 2013

The Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Vienna, will stage a solo artist exhibition of around 100 paintings and sketches by Joan Miró, one of the most popular surrealist’s artists of the 20th century. The Joan Miró exhibition will run from September 12, 2014 to January 11, 2015.

Earlier in the year, special exhibitions at the Albertina include:

  • Blow-Up. Antonioni’s Classic Film and Photography. (May 10 to August 24, 2014)
  • Alex Katz. Drawings, Cardboards, Paintings. (May 28 to September 9, 2014)
  • Arnulf Rainer. Retrospective. (September 3, 2014 to January 6, 2015)

The permanent exhibition at the Albertina is titled Monet to Picasso and includes a large number of works by the French impressionists, German Expressionism (Die Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter), Surrealism and Avantgarde.

Claude Monet in the Orangerie of Schloss Belvedere, Vienna

Claude Monet, Weg in Monets Garten in Giverny, 1902
© Belvedere, Wien

The Orangerie in the Lower Belvedere, Rennweg 6, 1030, Vienna, will be the setting of a Claude Monet exhibition from October 24, 2014 to February 8, 2015. Claude Monet (and Edouard Manet) had a profound effect on the Austrian art scene at the turn of the twentieth century. On show will be Monet works that were exhibited in Vienna around 1900 together with Austrian paintings and photographs from the same period.

Schloss Belvedere has a wide variety of special exhibitions every year. The main themes of the magnificent permanent collection range from the Middle Ages to the present but the Belvedere is particularly associated with Jugendstil and Wiener Secession, especially fantastic paintings by Gustav Klimt (including “The Kiss”). The magnificent Baroque palace and gardens of Prince Eugene’s Schloss Belvedere are worth seeing too.

Diego Velázquez in the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Wien

© Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
© Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

In 2014, the Kunsthistorisches Museum (KMH) in Vienna will for the first time present a solo exhibition of the works of Diego Velázquez. (It has several of his paintings in the main collection.) The exhibition will follow a similar one in Spain and feature several paintings of King Philipp IV of Spain painted by court painter Diego Velázquez. The Austrian and Spanish royal families had close family ties during the 16th and 17th centuries when the Habsburgers ruled much of Europe (and by extension many colonies worldwide). These works are normally in the KHM, the National Gallery in London and the Museo del Prado in Madrid.

The Diego Velázquez exhibition will be in the Gemäldegalerie of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Vienna, from October 28, 2014 to February 15, 2015.

The Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art and History) in Vienna has the vast collection of the Habsburgers at its core. It covers many themes from antiquities to the 18th century but the Gemäldegalerie (Paintings Gallery) is one of the greatest collections of European art in the world. It is particularly strong on Venetian art of the 16thcentury and Flemish paintings of the 17th century with further major works by Velazquez and the Italian Baroque.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec in the Bank Austria Kunstforum

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Moulin Rouge, La Goulue, 1891
© Albertina, Wien

A full retrospective of the works of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec will be held in the Bank Austria Kunstforum, Freyung 8, 1010 Vienna. In honor of the artist’s 150th anniversary, art from all over the world will be united to show his talent in paintings, works on paper, lithographs and of course posters. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec – The Path to Modernism will run from October 16, 2014 to January 25, 2015.

Earlier in 2014, the Kunstforum will have Eyes Wide Open. Stanley Kubrick as Photographer from May 8 to July 13, 2014.


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