Egon Schiele’s self-portrait, in which he depicts himself with an orange jacket.

Melancholy and provocative: Egon Schiele

Together with Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele is the most significant visual artist of the 20th century. His works are provocative, melancholy, highly subjective and allegorical all at once. Egon Schiele only reached the age of 28. And yet, despite his short life-span and a barely more than ten-year-long phase of artistic creativity, he succeeded in leaving behind an astonishingly large body of work. It includes more than 2,500 works on paper and over 330 paintings on wood or canvas – not counting his numerous sketchbooks. Schiele, who was born in 1890 as the child of a railway official who worked at the station Tulln on the Danube is considered one of the pioneers of modernism in Austria with Klimt and Kokoschka. To Schiele, the chasm between men and women seemed insurmountable and slowly transforms into an allegory of an encounter between life and death. Although his works were perceived as merely provocative during his time, causing quite a stir, they are now interpreted as pieces of deep melancholy and mourning as well as a fascination with the unusual.

The Albertina owns one of the largest collections of Schiele’s works in the world and is dedicating an extensive exhibition to him on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death in 2018. The show will be rounded out by important individual loans from Austrian and international collections and museums.

Egon Schiele

Feb. 22 - June 18, 2017


Albertinaplatz 1 , 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 2,40€ off
  • Opening times

    • daily, 10:00 - 18:00
    • We, 10:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   190  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 260 cm wide and 270 cm low , Door 150 cm wide
    • Further information
      • 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), reduced admission for persons with special needs

    • Comments

      Access to all exhibition rooms, to the restaurant / café and to the Shop: no steps. All rooms are wheelchair-accessible. Wheelchair-accessible restroom on 1st and 3r floor.

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For the 100th anniversaries of the deaths of Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Otto Wagner and Koloman Moser, Vienna is celebrating “Vienna Modernism” in 2018

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