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Exhibition Otto Wagner at the Wien Museum Karlplatz in Vienna – from 15 March to 7 October 2018

Otto Wagner (1841-1918) is one of the most significant architects of the turn of the twentieth century. His building projects—among them the City Railway (Wiener Stadtbahn), the Postal Savings Bank (Postsparkasse), and the Church at Steinhof—are regarded as milestones on the path from historicism to modernism.

The Wien Museum’s comprehensive jubilee exhibition in 2018 coincides with the one-hundredth anniversary of Wagner’s death, and is the first major exhibition dedicated to this titan of urban architecture in over fifty years. The exhibition locates Wagner’s oeuvre in relation to his companions and opponents, illuminates his artistic, cultural and political environment, and conveys a sense of his international appeal. Exquisite drawings, models, furniture, paintings, and personal belongings vividly relate the story of Wagner’s prodigious career. Most of these objects are from Wagner’s estate, one of the treasures of the Wien Museum’s collection. Several objects will be on view to the public for the first time—an invitation to rediscover this great architect anew.

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Picture: Poster of the exhibition © Wien Museum Karlplatz

Exhibition The furniture design of Viennese Modernism at the Furniture Museum in Vienna – from 21 March to 7 October 2018

Wagner, Hoffmann, Loos and the furniture design of Viennese Modernism

Viennese Modernism Around 1900 was a true laboratory for design in furniture design, whose creative impulses radiate to this day. The artist architects of Vienna were among the pioneers of modern design.

The Hofmobiliendepot - Möbel Museum Wien introduces the leading architects of Viennese Modernism - Otto Wagner (1841-1918), Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956) and Adolf Loos (1870-1933) - as interior designers and furniture designers and sheds light on their different positions on living and set up.

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Picture: Otto Wagner, Furniture from Postsparkasse © BMobV Fritz Simak

Exhibition Post-Otto Wagner at the MAK in Vienna – from 30 May to 30 September 2018

From the Postal Savings Bank to Post-Modernism

To mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Otto Wagner (1841–1918) the MAK exhibition POST-OTTO WAGNER: From the Postal Savings Bank to Post-Modernism investigates Wagner’s role as the “Father of Modernism” and points out not only the context and the interaction between Wagner and other protagonists of early Modernism, but also the influence his epochal work had on his contemporaries, students, and following generations of architects and designers. Starting with Wagner’s most important works—for example the building for the Vienna Metropolitan Railway (1894¬–1900), the regulation of the Danube Canal (from 1894), the Imperial Royal Austrian Postal Savings Bank (1903–1910) and the church St. Leopold am Steinhof (1902–1904), as well as residential and commercial buildings and his study Die Großstadt [The Metropolis] (1911)— subject areas are presented in a way which makes it possible to easily understand Wagner’s long-lasting effect on the architecture from Modernism to Post-Modernism and on to the present.

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Picture: Otto Wagner, Vienna Metropolitan Railway © MAK

Exhibition Say it with Flowers! at the Belvedere in Vienna – from 22 June to 30 September 2018

Viennese flower painting from Waldmüller to Klimt

From the opulent bouquet to the native thistle to Klimt’s sunflower: in the space of a century, flower painting underwent an enormous transformation. The centre was Vienna, where in the nineteenth century flower painting achieved unrivalled diversity and significance. The first heyday of flower painting was in the Biedermeier period with its magnificent arrangements of flowers. It surged again at the end of the century, especially in the work of the women artists Olga Wisinger-Florian and Marie Egner. The genre opened a way for women into the art world. And finally Vienna’s modernist artists, like Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, included floral motifs in their work in their own highly unique ways.

Featuring works by Jan van Huysum, Rachel Ruysch, Josef Klieber, Joseph Nigg, Franz Xaver Petter, Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Pauline von Koudelka-Schmerling, Rosalia Amon, Anton Romako, Hans Makart, Olga Wisinger-Florian, Tina Blau, Carl Schuch, Marie Egner, Gustav Klimt, Koloman Moser, Michael Powolny, Egon Schiele, and Willem de Rooij.

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Picture: Gustav Klimt, Cottage garden with sunflowers © Belvedere, Vienna

Exhibition Horta's Imaginary Journey to Havana at the Horta Museum in Brussels – from 10 June to 16 September 2018

The Horta Museum presents, in collaboration with the Réseau Art Nouveau Network and the Maison Autrique an exhibition tracing the highlights of their collaboration during the Belgian Week which took place in November 2016 in Havana.

An exhibition of pictures of Paul Louis presenting the Horta Museum at the Vitrina de Valonia was the pretext for introducing children to the different techniques and language of the architect Victor Horta through creative workshops. Comic workshops were also organized during the same week by Maison Autrique, and resulted in a joint exhibition.

The visit of the exhibition "The Nature of Art Nouveau" developed by the RANN presented at the Palacio de Secundo Cabo in Havana was an opportunity to raise children's awareness on European Art Nouveau but also their own Art Nouveau heritage, which will also be presented during the exhibition Horta's Imaginary Journey to Havana.

This exhibition is organized as part of the 2018 World Art Nouveau Day and 2018 Horta Inside Out with the collaboration of Vitrina de Valonia in Havana and is supported by the Brussels-Capital Region.

An origami-hummingbird workshop for family visitors will be organized especially on 10 June 2018 in the afternoon for the visitors to the museum.

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Picture: Victor and Julia Horta in Havana © Thierry Mondelaers

With the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union

Responsible publisher: Bety Waknine, General Director,
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