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Permanent Collection

The Belvedere’s collection comprises several thousands of works from nine centuries. The museum’s permanent collection throws a fresh and exciting light on artworks by artists like Rueland Frueauf the Elder, Franz Xaver Messerschmidt, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Gustav Klimt, Erika Giovanna Klien, Egon Schiele, Helene Funke, and Oskar Kokoschka. 

The Belvedere’s extensive collection covers art from the Middle Ages to the present, including the world’s largest collections of paintings by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller and Gustav Klimt and the Character Heads by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. The Upper Belvedere’s display concept offers fresh approaches to these masterpieces of art. 

The concept includes innovative thematic rooms, interspersing the chronological hanging through the periods of art and sparking a multi-layered dialogue between the classics of art history and contemporary artists, for example Erwin Wurm and Christian Philipp Müller. The rooms revolve around questions concerning Austrian history, its identity, and its art. In this exciting interaction between past and present, old favourites can be rediscovered in a new context.

The tempestuous history of the Belvedere has been allotted its own section in the exhibition covering Prince Eugene’s building of the palaces, the foundation of the museum, the signing of the Austrian State Treaty, and its role today as a modern museum.

 

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Impressions
Themed Galleries

Four thematically organized galleries enliven the path through the chronologically arranged periods of art in the permanent collection. They focus on issues concerning Austria, its history, and its identity. Conceived as a deliberate pause, they provide an opportunity to engage with Austria's art and history over the course of different epochs.

 

Austrian Baroque

The Baroque shaped Austria's image even into the 20th century and served as a source of identity during periods of political consolidation, such as after both World Wars. Art from the Baroque era is, to some extent, purposefully used to support the state in a representative function. The search for a genuine Austrian Baroque, however, must fail: art in the 17th and 18th centuries was marked by an intense international exchange.

 

Habsburg – Myth and Truth

Until 1918, the Habsburgs ranked among the most powerful dynasties in Europe and served as emperors of the Holy Roman Empire for centuries, giving rise to many legends. Particularly in the 19th century, myths surrounding the Habsburgs flourished. Portraits such as those from Leopold I to Franz II (I) illustrate just how much the rulers themselves were interested in "image."

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Austria on the Move

At the end of the 19th century, the Austro-Hungarian Empire witnessed dramatic transformations: railways and steamboats allowed for unprecedented mobility, industrial plants replaced cottage industries, and cities evolved into metropolises. Artists took a proactive role in this process of change. After World War II, abstraction was synonymous with democracy and freedom. Hundertwasser, in turn, countered this rational modernism with ecological art.

 

Austria in Exile 
Artists in Exile – Destinies in Dark Times

World War I and the end of the Austro-Hungarian Empire marked the beginning of significant migrations that also impacted the lives of many artists. The establishment of the First Republic in 1918/19 was accompanied by social and economic crises. This situation was further exacerbated by the establishment of the Austro-Fascist Corporate State in 1934. Due to difficult working conditions, many left Vienna before they were forced into exile by the German annexation of Austria in 1938.

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Augmented Reality
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Discover Egon Schiele in the permanent collection of the Upper Belvedere – virtually – via mobile phone app: Eight works of the globally renowned Austrian painter have been given an additional digital image layer through Augmented Reality that lets you peek into the secrets behind the works of art. Experience spectacular x-ray, infrared, and macro images that were developed by the Belvedere restoration department. You will now be able to experience these Schiele paintings in a revealing new way: Portrait of the Artist’s Wife, Edith Schiele; Death and Maiden; Façade of a House; Portrait of Dr. Hugo Koller; Embrace; Mother with Two Children III; Portrait of Eduard Kosmack; and City on the Blue River II – with others to come. The works can be identified by symbols on the wall, and the application is explained through signs on site. The augmented reality program is being continuously updated to include additional pictures from the permanent collection.

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CARLONE CONTEMPORARY / IN-SIGHT
 
Exhibition view Renate Bertlmann
Photo: Johannes Stoll / Belvedere, Wien, Courtesy: Renate Bertlmann & Richard Saltoun Gallery, London
Exhibition view "The Master of Mondsee"
Photo: Johannes Stoll / Belvedere, Vienna

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Accompanying the redisplay of the collection, contemporary art will be introduced to the Baroque Carlone Hall in six-monthly shows. These will engage with the mythological pictorial programme and build a bridge between the art of the old masters and the present. The museum thus questions itself and is repositioned as a place of inspiration, reflection, and experience.

 

Current exhibition

IN-SIGHT is a series of temporary exhibitions held three times a year at the Upper Belvedere to highlight specific aspects of the museum’s collection. The public is presented with works of art in the context of new scholarly research.

 

Current exhibition

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Exhibited Artworks
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