Woman standing in the recreation of Cabaret Fledermaus
© Belvedere/Getty Images for Barbican Art GA/Tristan Fewings

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The nightlife is pulsating. Cabarets and clubs are sprouting like mushrooms and everyone can sense it: A new age is dawning. Because between painting, dance, architecture, design and literature, a very special avant-garde developed at the beginning of the 20th century. Artists were on the search for inspiration and they found it in abundance. Because nightclubs were the ideal places to relax. To soak up life and process the experiences and conversations of the night on the canvas. They were all famous, notorious and entwined by legends. Yet some of them became legends. At Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich, which was founded by Hugo Ball and Emmy Hennings, the greats of their time, Picasso to Arp and Modigliani, were already hanging on the walls. In turn, the Parisian Le Chat Noir stood on the starting blocks as a pioneer of cinema culture in the 1880s with its shadow theater. And Theo van Doesburg's (co-founder of "De Stijl") minimalist designs for the Club L'Aubette in Strasbourg caused a sensation with his unusual architecture. And in Vienna? In Vienna, the unique design created by the Wiener Werkstätte for Cabaret Fledermaus made big waves.

Cabaret Fledermaus

Kärntner Strasse 33, corner of Johannesgasse. A night café without parallel was opened here in the autumn of 1907. On the initiative of Fritz Wärndorfer (founding member of the Wiener Werkstätte), Cabaret Fledermaus was created in the basement. Completely fitted out by the Wiener Werkstätte, it marked the transition from Secessionism to Expressionism. In addition to Josef Hoffmann, famous contemporaries such as Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka and Koloman Moser participated in the creation of Cabaret Fledermaus. And nothing was left to chance; everything here was designed to the nth degree – from the lapel pin to the silverware and the furniture. The characteristic mosaic of the Fledermaus, which comprised a total of approx. 7,000 Majolica tiles, was designed by Bertold Löffler

What's more: the lounge suite specially designed for the Cabaret by Josef Hoffmann is still produced today under the name "Fledermaus" by the traditional Viennese company Wittmann

With the exhibition Into the Night, the Lower Belvedere now thrusts the pulsating cosmos of the club scenes into the limelight and presents their inspired artists, who caused a global sensation with their works. The clear highlight of the show is the authentic recreation of Cabaret Fledermaus, which sends you on a journey through time back to the year 1907. With works by Hans Arp, Hugo Ball, Otto Dix, Josef Hoffmann, Jacob Lawrence, Elfriede Lohse-Wächtler, Oskar Kokoschka, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec and many others. The exhibition was realized in cooperation with the Barbican Centre, London.

In addition to the exhibition, events including theater, concerts, readings and dance performances are held in the rooms of the Lower Belvedere and the Orangery. You can find more on this here.

Into the Night. The Avant-Garde in the Night Café. 

February 14 – June 1, 2020

Lower Belvedere, Orangery (Belvedere - Unteres Belvedere & Orangerie)

Rennweg 6, 1030 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0 €
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • ( Door  90  cm  wide )
        Rennweg 6
      • Ramp 600  cm  long , 200  cm  high
    • Elevator available
      • 140 cm wide and 90 cm low
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Guided tours for groups in Austrian sign language and for the visually impaired (tactile tours).
      Reduced admission for persons with special needs and their escorts.

    • Comments

      Lower Belvedere Shop & Orangerie: no steps

      Orangery entrance: wheelchair access via link corridor from Lower Belvedere to the Orangery, 2 single, paned doors (each 131 cm wide). Wheelchair-accessible restroom in the Orangery.

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