Image montage: Tiziano Vecellio, gen. Titian (Girl in a Fur), and Peter Paul Rubens, Helena Fourment (The Fur Robe)

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  • €1 discount on the regular price of entry to the KHM
  • Visit the special “Idols & Rivals” exhibition without paying the normal €3 surcharge
  • No need to book a timeslot in advance

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Idols & Rivals - Artists in competition

Today, the terms “rivalry”, “contest” and “competition” are primarily associated with business, sport, the theory of evolution, architecture, or a variety of TV games. However, in the Early Modern era, the principle of rivalry was a driving force behind artistic endeavors. The KHM examines this important subject in a major exhibition titled “Idols & Rivals”. Although there have been occasional exhibitions about rivalry between the arts (paragone in Italian) in the past, there has never been an examination of the contemporary struggles for prominence between the artists themselves, or with their famous, long-dead rivals. This tension gave rise to what are now some of the most well-known works of the Renaissance and Baroque periods.

The exhibition will show outstanding works belonging to the KHM together with around 70 other major pieces from international collections, including paintings by Michelangelo, Albrecht Dürer, Titian, and Peter Paul Rubens, offering a nuanced consideration of this equally complex and fascinating subject. Many of the selected paintings and sculptures will be on show in Austria for the first time.

Exhibition dates: September 20, 2022, to January 8, 2023. Details at

All information about the VCC can be found here

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum)

1010 Vienna
  • Vienna City Card

    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: -6%

      Additional information on the offer: Standard ticket price: 18€ / Savings: 1 € / Audioguide 5€ instead of 6€

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Open daily from June to August

  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • 5 Steps (Double swinging doors300 cm wide)
        on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Side entrance

      • on Maria-Theresien-Platz, no ramp
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 5 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        on Heldenplatz
    • Elevator available
      • Door 99 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair rental possible (please reserve one day in advance). Guided tours for visitors with special needs as well as tactile tours for the blind and visually impaired on request (Tel. +43 1 525 24-5202). Three masterpieces of the Renaissance collection of the painting gallery, selected objects of the Kunstkammer, the Egyptian-Oriental collection and the collection of antiquities are available to the blind and visually impaired as castings for touching. A brochure with image descriptions of this in Braille is available. The Kunsthistorisches Museum offers workshops for people with dementia (Tel. +41 1 525 24-5202 or email: Wheelchair users who visit the museum via Burgring 5 can purchase their tickets at the shop in the lobby.

    • Comments

      The museum is a place of encounter and sensory perception and offers plenty of opportunity to stimulate vistors and motivate them to interact with one another by looking at art together and then getting creative themselves.
      Induction loop available at the audio guide stand.

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