The Beethoven year on its 250th birthday is presented in Vienna, its inspiring city, its artistic place of activity, its “genius loci” in a sustainable and diversified manner to all visitors to Vienna through a series of events.
“Through the night to light”, “Through the spiral of life to fulfillment” – Ludwig van Beethoven had a lasting impact on Viennese art history.
The city of Vienna offers numerous cultural highlights all year round. On the following pages we offer you a selection from the areas of museums, opera & theater and restaurants.
Museums in Vienna
Monet to Picasso. The Batliner Collection
The Albertina houses one of Europe’s most important compilations of Modernist art in the form of the Batliner Collection.
Its permanent display starts off with such artists of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism as Degas, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Gauguin. Further highlights include examples of German Expressionism, with the groups of Brücke and Der Blaue Reiter, and the art of New Objectivity, with works by Wacker, Sedlacek, and Hofer. An in-depth focus on Austrian art comprises works by Kokoschka and paintings by Egger-Lienz. The great diversity of the Russian avant-garde is represented by paintings by Goncharova, Malevich, and Chagall.
The presentation is topped off by numerous chefs-d’oeuvre by Picasso, ranging from his early Cubist pictures and works from his mature period of the 1940s to superb prints that have not yet been exhibited and paintings from his experimental late period.
For further exhibitions and collections please find information on the Albertina’s website.
The life and work of Ludwig van Beethoven is intrinsically tied to the city of Vienna. In the year 1787 he visited the city for the first time to study with Mozart, and from 1792 on he was living in Vienna permanently. The Beethoven Museum in Heiligenstadt illustrates the life and work of the classic musician and composer on a state-of-the-art scientific level.
The Picture Gallery of the Kunsthistorisches Museum developed from the art collections of the House of Habsburg. Today it is one of the largest and most important of its kind in the world.
The foundations of the collection were laid and its main emphases set in the 17th century: 16th-century Venetian painting (Titian, Veronese, Tintoretto), 17th-century Flemish painting (Peter Paul Rubens, Sir Anthony Van Dyck), Early Netherlandish painting (Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden) and German Renaissance painting (Albrecht Dürer, Lucas Cranach).
Among the other highlights in the Picture Gallery are its holdings of pictures by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, which are unique worldwide, as well as masterpieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt, Raphael, Caravaggio, Velázquez and Italian Baroque painters.
The exhibitions for December 2020 will be announced later.
The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna presents, in cooperation with the Archive of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, an unusual homage to Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827).
His universal and unique reception, the epochal significance of his music, but also the perception of his deified persona, create numerous entry points; high and popular culture, commerce and politics all form an inexhaustible reservoir for inspiration and appropriation.
The exhibition brings together paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, sketchbooks by J. M. W. Turner, graphic works by Francisco de Goya, Anselm Kiefer and Jorinde Voigt, sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Rebecca Horn and a new work developed for the exhibition by Tino Sehgal, a video by Guido van der Werve and much more, all of which are brought into dialogue with the music and persona of Beethoven. The exhibition will thus build a bridge with the present: masterpieces of fine art form connections with music and silence.
The exhibitions for December 2020 will be announced later
The Globe Museum, which opened in 1956, is the only public museum for globes in the world. The bulk of the inventory is the earth and sky spheres made before 1850 – on loan, the Globe Museum owns the oldest earth globe preserved in Austria. The Globe Museum has been housed in the Palais Mollard in Herrengasse since December 2005 and, in addition to the valuable, untouchable objects, offers the opportunity to interactively deal with the matter at computer terminals and a virtual globe. The exhibition contains approximately 295,000 map sheets, approximately 45,000 geographical-topographical views, 800,000 picture postcards, 700 globes, 100 reliefs and fortress models as well as approximately 83,000 volumes of specialist literature and atlases.
The baroque state hall is one of the most beautiful historical libraries in the world. Emperor Charles VI (1685 / 1711–1740) arranged this for his court library. The State Hall was built between 1723 and 1726 by Joseph Emanuel Fischer von Erlach based on plans by his father, the famous court architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach. The ceiling frescoes were finished by the court painter Daniel Gran until 1730.
With around 200 objects, the Papyrus Museum shows only a fraction of the collection. On display are the oldest papyrus in the collection, a book of the Egyptians from the middle of the 2nd millennium BC. BC, up to the most recent papers, namely documents from the Islamic period in the 13th century AD, objects that illustrate the life of the people on the Nile over three millennia.
Exhibition: pencil, notebook & laptop. 10 positions of current writing
The exhibition of the Literature Museum shows works and approaches to the writing of ten women writers. The visitor is shown how texts are created, but there is also an insight into the references of literature to other art sectors, to visual arts, photography or film.
The Esperanto Museum knows the most unusual languages in the world and not only concentrates on the history of Esperanto but also depicts, for example, the mystical language Lingua Ignota by Hildegard von Bingen or the Klingon from the TV series Star Trek in various forms. With the help of videos and slot machines you experience language differently here.
[Alien] Star Dust
[Alien] Star Dust by Victoria Vesna is a site specific immersive art experience that brings alive for the audience the sensation of meteorites and micro-meteorites falling on our planet from many dimensions.
The artist based the work on the museum’s collection of meteorites that landed across all continents, as well as on the recorded radio signals reflected from the plasma trails collected from the meteor radar station on the roof of the museum.
Visitors activate projections of meteorites falling on the existing craters, generating a blend of extra-terrestrial and anthropogenic dust accompanied by the mix of outer space and earthly sounds. Dust knows no boundaries.
The exhibitions for December 2020 will be announced later.
Opera and Theatre in Vienna
WERTHER – Jules Massenet
Jules Massenet’s Werther is based on Goethe’s famous epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther (Die Leiden des jungen Werthers). The operatic version of this tragic story about the unhappy young Werther, who is driven to suicide by his unfulfilled passion for the married Charlotte, has moved audiences for generations. The opera has a special connection with Vienna, as its world premiere took place to great success at the Wiener Staatsoper in 1892! In the current production by Andrei Serban the story is set in the 1950s.
TOSCA – Giacomo Puccini
Rome, 1800: The city suffers from Scarpias, the Chief Constables, reign of terror. The seditious painter Cavaradossi falls into his clutches and is bound to be executed. His beloved Tosca – chased after by Scarpia – strikes a bargain: She answers his desires, and Scarpia will save Cavaradossi by a fake execution with blank cartridges in return. Scarpia agrees, approaches her – and she stabs him to death. But he, too, has not kept his word and ordered to shoot Cavaradossi with real ammunition. With a broken heart, she leaps to her death from the pinnacles of Castel Sant’Angelo.
Schlüsselgasse 2, 4th district (T: 01 504 35 85)
Fine dining is not difficult to find in Vienna, but excellent food in combination with friendly service and a fine wine list cannot be encountered everywhere. The Entler’s large fan club is well aware of the fact that you never show up here without a reservation!
Pfarrplatz 2, 19th district
The traditional winery “Mayer am Pfarrplatz”, the epitome of Viennese Heurigen culture, has been producing the best Viennese wine in Heiligenstadt since 1683. Ludwig van Beethoven already lived in the romantic and listed building on Pfarrplatz in 1817 and worked there on his greatest work, the 9th Symphony. Savour and enjoy here the Viennese classics.
Praterstraße 1, 2nd district (T: 01 90616-0)
Design meets view and French cuisine! The 10 m high glass front (on the 18th floor) offers a breathtaking view onto the city and its sights. Here you can enjoy fine French cuisine under the brightly colored ceiling by Pipilotti Rist.
Herrengasse 10, 1. Bezirk (T: +43 1 53404-0)
Here you can indulge in the classic afternoon tea at 3 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Choose from an “aroma card”, while a three-tier cake stand (topped with biscuits, small fruit cakes and sandwiches) is being served with your tea, and in this way gain new strength for the evening.
The Menopause Congress supports compliance with ethical standard guidelines and therefore emphasizes that the present selection of cultural highlights (created by Kuoni Congress) are only impressions and ideas for the participants, not being connected with the Menopause Congress in any way. Please note that any costs for admission | tickets to these activities have to be borne by yourself.