"The Bookworm" by Carl Spitzweg is amongst the masterpieces by the German artist.

Biedermeier meets Modernism

Munich-based painter Carl Spitzweg (1808–1885) portrayed his contemporaries in their bourgeois Biedermeier idyll with razor-sharp wit and irony but without poking fun at their idiosyncrasies and weaknesses. With his humorous genre paintings of sharply characterized eccentrics, odd loners or praying monks, he is considered the chronicler of his time nowadays. A good 130 years after his death, the Leopold Museum is showing the first ever comprehensive exhibition of socially critical works by the outstanding painter and drawer. The show "Köstlich! Köstlich?" achieves the link to Modernism through precisely placed interventions of the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm.

Both Spitzweg's and Wurm's oeuvres are peppered with allusions and ambiguities. Their humor is based on scenarios of poetry and seeming idyll. An unmasking mirror is held against the tranquility as well as the bourgeois atmosphere and philistinism, and the critical-reflective humor used as a weapon. At the same, the analysis of Spitzweg's work explores the topicality of his subjects, which are found in the "Generation Biedermeier" of the 21st century and are made even clearer in the show with works by Erwin Wurm.

Carl Spitzweg - Erwin Wurm. Köstlich! Köstlich?

25 March - 19 June 2017

Leopold Museum

Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €13
    • Museum Pass KHM & Leopold Museum: € 22
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 2€ off
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Fr - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Open daily from June to August.
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors )
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 10 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
    • Elevator available
      • 89 cm wide and 210 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Main entrance, access to all exhibition rooms and restaurant/café: no steps.

      6 free parking spaces for visitors with special needs on the premises (access: Burggasse / Volkstheater) with proper identification and 4 parking spaces for visitors with special needs in the parking garage (basement level 2 next to elevator, access: main entrance Museumsplatz).

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