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The Canaletto View


29 June 2018 to 14 October 2018
Upper BelvedereBelvedere
Vienna seen from the Belvedere is undoubtedly the most iconic view of the Austrian capital. It became famous because of the painting by Bernardo Bellotto, called Canaletto, and has been dubbed the “Canaletto view” as a result. Current debates surrounding the planned construction of a high-rise building on Heumarkt have recently placed it in the spotlight once more.

The view of Vienna from the Upper Belvedere has helped define the city’s self-image since the time of Maria Theresa. This exhibition compares pictures of this view from various historical eras. Known as the “Canaletto view”, these scenes looking out from the palace are often not only accurate records of the city but also hold important political symbolism. They represent the development of Vienna under the Habsburgs and convey a sense of political and historical continuity. Every generation of artists has interpreted this view differently. The motif therefore not only documents Vienna’s changing cityscape but also the constant shifts in artistic interests. The exhibition sheds light on this iconic motif from a neutral perspective, highlighting the history of art and architecture and thus placing the view in the context of history and urban planning.  
The exhibition is curated by Markus Fellinger.
With works by Wolfgang Wilhelm Prämer, Salomon Kleiner, Carl Schütz, Rudolf von Alt, Wilhelm Burger, Tina Blau, Carl Moll, Gerhart Frankl, Otto Rudolf Schatz, Edgar Jené, Kiki Kogelnik, and more.


With the Vienna start-up initiated free smartphone app Artivive, works in the exhibition can be brought to life. The Artivive app is available free of charge on Google Play and the Apple's App Store. For further information and to download the app, please visit: artivive.com. #bringArtToLife