Seated self-portrait with a broken stick in her hands.
© Maria Lassnig Stiftung

Maria Lassnig's body art

Maria Lassnig (1919-2014) came to fame only late in life. Above all, she became truly well known for her "body awareness pictures", in which she transferred her body awareness to the painting. At the end of the 1940s, she was placing her own body at the focal point of her art – long before body awareness, body language and the relationship between man and woman became central themes of the international avant-garde movement. This also included nude paintings, in which the artist portrayed herself at an advanced age. Her art was denounced during the Nazi period for being "degenerate". Maria Lassnig may have changed her style many times during her long creative period but never her topic. It is not what she sees but how she feels that becomes her picture.

Comprehensive retrospective

"It is the art, of course, that makes me ever younger, it makes the spirit first hungry and then satisfied," said Maria Lassnig. She would have turned 100 years old in 2019. To mark the occasion, the Albertina is dedicating a comprehensive retrospective to the important artist. The exhibition "Ways of Being" shows the impressive main and key works of Lassnig, including "Du oder Ich" and "Woman Power".

Maria Lassnig - Ways of Being

September 6 – December 1, 2019


Albertinaplatz 1 , 1010 Wien
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    • Young people under 19   €0,00
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  • Opening times

    • Mo, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Tu, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Fr, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Sa, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 18:00
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    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   190  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 260 cm wide and 270 cm low , Door 150 cm wide
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      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540). Guided tours in sign language available (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Guided tours for blind people available as well as for people with slight to moderate dementia and their escorts (prior arrangement necessary: Tel. +43 1 534 83–540).
      Please inform Art Mediation department about wheelchair uses in advance. Reduced admission for persons with special needs

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      Access to all exhibition rooms, to the restaurant / café and to the Shop: no steps. All rooms are wheelchair-accessible.

      Wheelchair-accessible restrooms on levels 1 and -1, restroom on level 1: door width: 90cm, room dimensions: 180 x 110 cm.

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