Image montage: Tiziano Vecellio, gen. Titian (Girl in a Fur), and Peter Paul Rubens, Helena Fourment (The Fur Robe)

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In autumn 2022, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is focusing on an exhibition topic never before discussed: The competitions that artists have among themselves and with long-deceased role models "Idols & Rivals. Artists in Competition" shows key works from the museum's own collection together with a selection of around 60 important loan items from international museums – the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi in Florence, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and others. The exhibition includes works by Michelangelo, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens, and Benvenuto Cellini. Many of the exhibited paintings and sculptures can be seen in Austria for the first time.

From antiquity to 1800

Competition and competitive thinking are very familiar to us nowadays – they are to be found everywhere in business, in sport, and in many other areas of life. Less known is that these topics were already decisive for artists of the Early Modern period. The exhibition traces numerous artistic confrontations from antiquity to the time around 1800, and compares rival works with each other. In any case, competitive struggles gave rise to some of the most important works.

As the name suggests, the exhibition is not just about the great rivals of art history, but also about idols: Topics such as appreciation and admiration, like that between the Italian Renaissance painters Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana, are also addressed.

The exhibition also has an interactive section: Not only can visitors to the exhibition make their own pictures, but also actively vote on them. The show invites everyone to join the jury and vote on their personal favorites at various stations and on the exhibition website. "Idols & Rivals. Artists in Competition" is on until the beginning of 2023 in the world-famous Picture Gallery of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, one of the largest and most important of its kind.

Idols & Rivals. Artists in Competition

September 20, 2022 - January 8, 2023

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Benefits of the Vienna City Card: -5%

      Additional information on the offer:

      Standard ticket price: 21€ /
      Savings: 1 € /
      Audioguide 5€ instead of 6€

  • Opening times

    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Open daily from June to August as well as from October, 8 2024 until January, 6 2025.

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Double swinging doors 300 cm wide)
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance

      • Barrier-free entrance: Burgring 5 via porter, visitor service accompanies you to the elevator and into the building
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • Door 99 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental possible (please reserve one day in advance). Guided tours for visitors with special needs as well as tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24-5202). Three masterpieces of the Renaissance collection of the painting gallery, selected objects of the Kunstkammer, the Egyptian-Oriental collection and the collection of antiquities are available to the blind and visually impaired as castings for touching. A brochure with image descriptions of this in Braille is available. The Kunsthistorisches Museum offers workshops for people with dementia (Tel. +41 1 525 24-5202 or email: Wheelchair users who visit the museum via Burgring 5 can purchase their tickets at the shop in the lobby.

    • Comments

      The museum is a place of encounter and sensory perception and offers plenty of opportunity to stimulate vistors and motivate them to interact with one another by looking at art together and then getting creative themselves.
      Induction loop available at the audio guide stand.

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