A Place of International Encounter
Originally built as a lavish stately residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, then acquired in the eighteenth century by Empress
Maria Theresa before being used for the Court Treasury and later as the Ministry of Finance, this Baroque jewel in Viennas
city centre is a centre of art and culture once again. With the opening of the Belvederes fourth museum, Prince Eugene
of Savoys most important rooms in his state apartment are now accessible to the public.
Building on the historical legacy and far-reaching impact of the cosmopolitan prince, a further important art hub has been established in Viennas city centre that is fed by interactions between the town and the garden palace the Winterpalais and the Belvedere. They have now been reunited after more than 260 years. Following the first exhibition, dedicated to the prince on the occasion of his 350th birthday, the main aim is to create a dialogue between cultural heritage and contemporary art an approach that has been realized with great success at some of the worlds great art institutions including the Belvedere Palace. The staterooms in Viennas Himmelpfortgasse have become a place of artistic encounter between the Baroque setting, the Belvederes collections, and contemporary art. Presentations are developed with direct reference to the site and the result is inspiring new artworks created in situ, drawing on the palaces unique ambiance and history. Vital starting points are the city palaces architecture, the princes former collections, and the holdings of the Belvedere.