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    Leopold Museum

    The Leopold Museum's permanent exhibition gives exciting insights into Vienna around 1900 and invites visitors to immerse themselves in the vibrant era.

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    For Lovers of Schiele and Klimt

    With its roughly 6,000 works, Leopold Museum houses one of the world’s most important collections of Austrian art from the second half of the 19th century and Modernism. Passionate collectors Rudolf and Elisabeth Leopold created it over the course of five decades and even managed to get masterpieces by the likes of Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt – who, up until the 1960s, were considered taboo.

    They created the world’s most comprehensive Egon Schiele collection, with more than 220 works on display. Other highlights of their collection include masterpieces by Gustav Klimt, Richard Gerstl, Oskar Kokoschka, and Alfred Kubin as well as works from artists of the 19th century such as Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, August von Pettenkofen, Emil Jakob Schindler, and Anton Romako. In line with his holistic approach to the arts, Rudolf Leopold also collected furniture and decorative objects from the Art Nouveau and Wiener Werkstätte (Viennese Workshops) movements by the likes of Josef Hoffmann and Koloman Moser, as well as from Africa, Oceania, and East Asia.

    In 1994, a large part of Leopold’s private collection, until then only accessible to Leopold's family, was moved into the Leopold Museum Private Foundation. In 2001, it found its permanent home at the newly opened Leopold Museum in the MuseumsQuartier, which, up until today, aims to further expand the collection.

    Special Exhibitions at the Leopold Museum in 2023

    • AMAZING - The Würth Collection

      5 April - 10 September 2023

      For the first time in Austria, the Leopold Museum presents highlights of the Würth Collection, one of the largest private collections in Europe and one of the most important art collections worldwide, in an extensive show. Leopold Museum Director Hans-Peter Wipplinger has selected 200 masterpieces out of almost 20,000 objects, combining works of classical modernism and contemporary art. Visitors are taken on a unique journey through around 100 years of art history.

      The highlights include works by Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Liebermann, Gabriele Münter, Max Beckmann, Max Pechstein and Hans Arp. Moreover, there are pieces by Fernando Botero, Per Kirkeby, the artist couple Christo and Jeanne Claude, Gerhard Richter, Georg Baselitz and Anselm Kiefer, as well as outstanding Austrian artists such as Fritz Wotruba, Maria Lassnig, Arnulf Rainer and Erwin Wurm.

      The Würth Collection
    • Max Oppenheimer - Expressionist Pioneer

      6 October 2023 - 25 February 2024

      Max Oppenheimer was an Expressionist of the first hour. Born in Vienna in 1885, he studied at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts and the Academy of Arts in Prague. He participated in the legendary exhibitions Kunstschau Wien 1908 and Internationale Kunstschau Wien 1909, where he met numerous progressive artists of the time, including Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), Egon Schiele (1890-1918) and Albert Paris Gütersloh (1887-1973). The friendship with Schiele lasted for years and manifested itself, among others, in the joint work in Schiele's studio (winter 1910/11). The initial friendship with Kokoschka however resulted in a rivalry between the avant-garde artists.

      With this long overdue, large-scale show, the Leopold Museum sheds new light on Max Oppenheimer's unjustly forgotten and groundbreaking work. The role of the artist and his networks is explored through pieces of his contemporaries Oskar Kokoschka and Egon Schiele.

      Max Oppenheimer

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    The Leopold Museum Collection

    • Vienna 1900 - Discover the contrasts of turn-of-the-century Vienna, and see for yourself how it led to the birth of Austrian modernism in the visual arts.
    • Egon Schiele - With 42 paintings and 184 watercolours, this is the largest and most important Schiele collection in the world.
    • Gustav Klimt - See masterpieces such as "On Lake Attersee" (1900), "The Great Poplar II" (1902/03), and "Death and Life" (1910/11).
    • Biedermeier - Atmospheric Realism - Meet Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, Michael Neder, Friedrich Gauermann, Hans Markart, Anton Romako and many more.
    • From Expressionism to New Objectivity - Learn how Klimt's aesthetic progressively and collectively elaborated upon and - from 1910 - translated into a more visual, ecstatic, and distorted modality.
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    Gustav Klimt - Life and Death / Leopold Museum Vienna

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