Beethoven's Trumpet (with Ear) Opus # 132 by John Baldessari
© Foto: KHM-Museumsverband / Skulptur: John Baldessari Courtesy of the artist, Sprüth Magers and Beyer Projects

Beethoven moves

Here's to you, Ludwig! Vienna celebrates the world-famous musical genius and lives it up with Ludwig van Beethoven 2020. Because he was so very closely connected to Vienna more than any other city. The revolutionary composer spent 35 of his 57 years here and left behind many traces: a large Beethoven Museum, preserved apartments and places of his triumphs and despair, memorials and Klimt's Beethoven Frieze – through to the Beethoven heuriger. He came here to stay. Forever.

He was a pioneer, exceptional talent, and muse. For then as now, he inspires people. The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna dedicates an extraordinary homage to him and examines his work in the truest sense with all the rules of art.

Recording of a live tour through the exhibition "Beethoven moves" at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna by co-curator Jasper Sharp. Vienna Showcase, Oct. 6, 2020, approx. 18 min.

Music you can hear, see, and sense.

Beethoven was a visionary who questioned and reinvented everything that had gone before. This exhibition attempts to do the same for the grand master and spreads the rooms and halls throughout the entire museum. It's exciting, because on closer inspection you realize that this arrangement is reminiscent of the movements of an orchestral work. Due to the variety of the different artworks and listening experiences, the visitor can move through the exhibition completely freely and in no specific order. It's about experiencing Beethoven with all the senses.

"Beethoven moves" combines paintings, sketchbooks, graphics, sculptures, and videos with music and Beethoven the person. The exhibition is to be seen as a poetic reflection of his creative work. Beethoven's masterpieces enter into a connection with the masterpieces of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, graphics, drawings, photography, and video) and thus create a new total work of art of Beethoven. The visitor is invited to locate their own body in the space and thus to put it in relationship to the music, language, image, and movement. A whole-body experience that leads to a very special encounter with the great composer.

If you can't get enough of Beethoven, you'll delight in the diverse exhibition program during the anniversary year. And you can dive even deeper into the world of the Viennese-by-choice, Ludwig van Beethoven, and his modern colleagues at

Beethoven moves 

September 29, 2020 - January 24, 2021
PLEASE NOTE: To visit the special exhibition "Beethoven moves", a timeslot must be booked in advance. The duration of your stay in the exhibition is not limited. The other collections in the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien can be visited before or after your booked appointment.

Due to the current situation, the opening times of the individual institutions may have changed. Please make inquiries before you visit the museums.

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien
  • Vienna City Card

  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily from June to August
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Double swinging doors   300  cm  wide )
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance
      • no steps
        on Burgring 5
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • 150 cm wide and 130 cm low , 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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