The Belvedere. 300 Years a Venue of Art
The Belvedere in Vienna epitomizes the changes that have taken place over the course of three centuries in the concept of what constitutes a museum. Originally built by Prince Eugene of Savoy to enhance his prestige as a prince, under Maria Theresa, the Upper Belvedere became one of the world’s first public museums. The idea of presenting Austrian art in an international context, which in 1903 motivated the establishment of the Modern Gallery in the Lower Belvedere, remains the key objective of this world-famous cultural institution.
In this critical homage, renowned authors explore enduring questions that transcend the different epochs, such as: What ordering concepts are evident in art presentation? How contemporary were these presentations in an international context? What kind of public were they aimed at?