„It is the mission of this museum to trace the genuine, here and in the rest of the world, to show it, to confront it with works made by others, and to preserve it, so that the thread to culture, already ominously thin, will not get torn, for the genius that lives in our environment is of sensitive delicacy and needs a protective and promoting hand.“
Sculptor Fritz Wotruba (1907–1975) rose to international acclaim as a young man in Vienna during the late 1920s and the 1930s. He went on to shape Austrian sculpture after 1945, both as an artist and teacher. In 1963 his first major retrospective was shown at the Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts (today the 21er Haus).
When the 21er Haus was opened, the Fritz Wotruba Archive stores and exhibition spaces were located in the new museum’s basement storey. The artist’s estate, comprising some 500 works in stone, bronze and plaster, drawings, prints, and oil paintings as well as archival materials and documents, is on loan to the Belvedere for a period of twelve years. Wotruba’s works are presented in permanent and temporary exhibitions at the 21er Haus.
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