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Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna: Idols and Rivals. Artists in Competition

In autumn 2022, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna focuses on an exhibition topic never before discussed: The competitions that artists have among themselves and with deceased role models. "Idols & Rivals" is packed full with the museum's own and international masterpieces from antiquity to the time around 1800. Paintings and sculptures by Michelangelo, Titian, Peter Paul Rubens, and Benvenuto Cellini are waiting to be discovered. Another draw is an interactive section. The show invites you to become part of the jury and vote on the artworks in the museum and on the exhibition website.

September 20, 2022 – January 8, 2023

Albertina: Basquiat The Retrospective

Wild, charged with symbols, and complex – that's how the art of Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) comes across. The major autumn show at the Albertina is dedicated to the American with Haitian-Puerto Rican roots. In 1980s New York, Basquiat rose from graffiti artist to superstar, before he succumbed to his drug addiction at the age of just 27 years. Basquiat's motifs came from pop culture, art history, and science, and run like a common tread through the tension-charged exhibition. Issues that he regularly denounced with his art, like racism and police violence, seem more topical than ever. On view at the Albertina are around 50 works from renowned international collections.

September 9, 2022 – January 8, 2023

mumok: The Animal Within – Creatures Inside (and Outside) the mumok collection

A reason to celebrate: The mumok - museum of modern art ludwig foundation vienna was opened 60 years ago. Namely in September 1962 as the "Museum of the 20th Century" in the former 20er-Haus (today's Belvedere 21). Long since relocated to Vienna's MuseumsQuartier, the museum currently attracts with a topical – animal – special exhibition for the anniversary. Because the museum's collection includes almost 500 works to do with animals. Which throws up the question about what role animals play in fine art. The focus here is on aspects like the power of attraction that emanates from animals. Topics like family and gender relations, socialization, and domestication are also taken up.

September 22, 2022 – February 26, 2023

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Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien: Helmut Newton. Legacy

He always knew how to fascinate and provoke: The cult photographer Helmut Newton (1920-2004) from Berlin. The Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien invites you to the major retrospective to mark Newton's 100th birthday. Delayed by the pandemic, it is now all the more comprehensive with around 300 works that document his entire oeuvre. Newton, a Jew who fled the National Socialists for Australia in 1938, established a stellar career as a star photographer in 1960s Paris. His fashion and nude photography regularly hit the headlines. The exhibition includes many of his iconic photos as well as never before seen works.

October 19, 2022 – January 15, 2023

Leopold Museum: Hagenbund. From Moderate to Radical Modernism

The Leopold Museum takes a close look at the Hagenbund (1900-1938) in the autumn. The Viennese artists' association that formed, like the Secession three years earlier, in reaction to the conservative Künstlerhaus. It was known for being a highly progressive, sometimes even radical grouping. The exhibition shows main works of the Hagebund. In total, around 200 exhibits from across four decades – by Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, and many others. The total of 266 representatives of the Hagenbund focused on a wide range of progressive trends with their art: Impressionism, Expressionism, Symbolism, Cubism, through to New Objectivity. 

September 16, 2022 – February 6, 2023

Albertina modern: Ways of Freedom. Jackson Pollock to Maria Lassnig

"Abstract" is the motto at the Albertina modern in the autumn. Painting went in completely new ways after 1945 and experienced a real breakthrough. The abstract Expressionism of the New York school also spilled over into Europe after the end of the war. The consequence was an impetuously expressive way of dealing with form, color, and material. In this exhibition, greats of US expressionism like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, and Joan Mitchell come up against Austrian pioneers like Maria Lassnig, Arnulf Rainer, Günter Brus, and Hermann Nitsch. The museum shows around 100 works by artists on both sides of the Atlantic.

October 15, 2022 – January 22, 2023

Heidi Horten Collection: LOOK. Aspects of Femininity

Art and fashion – the autumn promises an exciting liaison in the Heidi Horten Collection. The first themed exhibition of the private museum, which opened in central Vienna in June 2022, casts light on a focal point of the collection: The image of the woman in the context of art. Artworks from the 19th century to the present day – by Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Andy Warhol, and many others – meet Haute Couture here. On view are dresses that Heidi Goëss-Horten once had tailored for her by Christian Dior, Givenchy, and Yves Saint Laurent. LOOK is not a "fashion exhibition", but rather an homage to femininity and style. And not least to the museum's founder, who died shortly after the opening.

October 21, 2022 – April 16, 2024

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