Vienna Art Now: The 5 most exciting art exhibitions in the city

Egon Schiele, Daniel Richter, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Carl Spitzweg, Erwin Wurm and an exceptional private collection with the biggest names of Modernism, are this season's art highlights in Vienna. For the fortunate ones who are visiting or planning to visit the city soon, we picked the five most exciting art exhibitions right now in the Austrian Capital.
 
 
21er Haus - Daniel Richter: Lonely Old Slogans
Until June 5, 2017
 
Structured as a retrospective, the exhibition documents Daniel Richter’s evolution from his earliest works through the present. Richter (b. 1952) is a German artist with a wide range of artistic production from abstractions to album covers for punk rock bands and theatrical figurative scenes.
 
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Daniel Richter, Lonely Old Slogan, 2006. Deichtorhallen Hamburg / Falckenberg Collection, © Bildrecht, Wien, 2017. Oil on canvas 250 × 280,1 cm.
 
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Daniel Richter, Alles Ohne Nichts, 2006-2007. Tatintsian Collection, © Jochen Littkemann, Berlin / © Bildrecht, Wien 2017. Oil on Canvas 230 x 320 cm.
 
Admission: € 7,00

 
Orangery, Lower Belvedere - The Klewan Collection. Portrait(s) of Modernism
Until June 11, 2017
 
A treasure of 193 works by over fifty artists from the Helmut Klewan collection; an art expert and gallerist, owner of an impressive collection of artworks ranging from international classical modernism to key examples of post-war art.
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Francis Bacon, Portrait Michel Leiris, 1990. Sammlung Klewan, © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016. Lithography 25 x 21 cm.
 
Admission: € 20.00 (valid for both Upper & Lower Belvedere and the Orangery)

 
Lower Belvedere - Lawrence Alma-Tadema: Classical Charm
Until June 18, 2017
 
 England was where Dutchman  developed into a celebrated artist. 
Lawrence Alma-Tadema's sensual representations of everyday scenes from antiquity made him famous beyond the borders of Great Britain. With major works from all over the world, the exhibition at the Lower Belvedere gives insight into the artist’s life and work and invites one and all to dive into the decadent world of English aestheticism.
 
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Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Unconscious Rivals, 1893. Bristol Museums & Art Gallery, Photo: © Bristol Culture, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery. Oil on panel, 45,1 x 62,9 cm.
 
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Lawrence Alma-Tadema, The Roses of Heliogabalus, 1888. Colección Pérez Simón, Mexico, Photo: © Piera, Arturo. Oil on canvas, 132,7 x 214,4 cm.
 
Admission: € 20.00 (valid for both Upper & Lower Belvedere and the Orangery)

 
Albertina Museum - Egon Schiele
Until June 18, 2017
 
As a prologue to next year's 100 year-anniversary of Schiele's death, Albertina presents 160 of Schiele’s most magnificent gouaches and drawings to introduce viewers to an artistic oeuvre that highlights human beings’ existential loneliness as its great theme. In my opinion, the art event of the season. Don't miss it!
 
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Egon Schiele, Nude self-portrait, 1916. Pencil, opaque colour © Albertina, Vienna
 
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Egon Schiele, Female couple, 1915. Opaque colour, pencil © Albertina, Vienna
 
Admission: € 12.90

 
Leopold Museum - Carl Spitzweg / Erwin Wurm: Hilarious! Hilarious?
Until June 19, 2017
 
Leopold stages an exhibition of the German artist Carl Spitzweg (1808–1885), a humorous analyst of his time complemented by precisely placed works created by the Austrian artist Erwin Wurm (b. 1954). The presentation features approximately 100 exhibits (paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs) illustrating how both artists deploy humor in order to analyze their respective eras in a critical manner.
 
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Erwin Wurm, Selbstporträt als Essiggurkerl, 2008 © Museum der Moderne Salzburg.
 
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Carl Spitzweg, Der Sonntagsspaziergang, 1841 © Salzburg Museum.
 
Admission: € 13.00

 
PRACTICAL INFORMATION
 
21er Haus - Arsenalstraße 1. Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays
Orangery, Lower Belvedere - Rennweg 6A. Open every day
Lower Belvedere - Rennweg 6A. Open every day
Albertina Museum - Albertinaplatz 1. Open every day
Leopold Museum - Museumsplatz 1. Closed on Tuesdays
 
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