Get-together MuseumsQuartier Vienna

Get-together des diesjährigen European Newspaper Congress 2019 treffen Europas
beste Zeitungsmacher im MuseumsQuartier (MQ) Wien zusammen. Das Networking-Event
verbindet bereits am Vorabend des Kongresses die Besucher.

16.30 Uhr: Einlass, 18.00 Uhr: Besuch der Ausstellungen,
19.00 Uhr Netzwerkabend in der Ovalhalle/Q21 im MQ


Leopold Museum and mumok - Museum of modern art foundation Ludwig Vienna

Leopold Museum

Oskar Kokoschka – Expressionist, migrant, European

In cooperation with the Kunsthaus Zürich

Oskar Kokoschka (1886–1980) is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. He was able to transcend the prevailing Jugendstil of his time and went on to become a central pioneer of Expressionism. From 1908, he appeared as a painter, graphic artist, poet and playwright, provoking the art world as an enfant terrible and radical innovator.

Even later, after Europe had been shaken by two world wars and realistic art had fallen into disrepute, Kokoschka boldly campaigned for the recognition of figurative art, which turned him into a role model for the generations of artists to come. The political turmoil of the past century forced the artist to become a migrant living in Vienna, Dresden, Prague and London, before he finally settled in 1953 in the Swiss town of Villeneuve.

The retrospective, comprising some 250 exhibits, takes into account all the periods of Kokoschka’s oeuvre with high-quality loans from international museums and private collections, featuring not only the versatile artist’s paintings, drawings, watercolors and prints but also his works for art magazines like “Der Sturm” and the theater. By means of political allegories, incendiary posters and historical documents, Kokoschka is shown as a significant and rather ambivalent “homo politicus”. Defamed by the National Socialist regime as a “degenerate artist,” he dedicated his life to humanism and pacifism.

mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien

Pattern and Decoration. Ornament as Promise

“Ornament as Promise” was the premise of the Pattern and Decoration movement in the United States (1975–1985). In this exhibition, mumok presents the rich collection of works from this movement of Peter and Irene Ludwig, in the largest presentation of Pattern and Decoration in German-speaking Europe since the 1980s.

With oriental-style mosaics, monumental textile collages, paintings, installations, and performances, in the 1970s committed feminist artists like Miriam Schapiro, Joyce Kozloff, Valerie Jaudon, and Robert Kushner aimed to bring color, formal diversity, and emotion back into art. Decoration played a key role, with its connotations of the techniques of artisanship. Various ornamental traditions, from the Islamic world to North American Indians to Art Deco, were incorporated in their works, opening up a view beyond geographical and historical boundaries. A proximity to folk art was sought as a deliberate counter to the “purism” of the art of the 1960s.

With works by Brad Davis, Frank Faulkner, Tina Girouard, Valerie Jaudon, Joyce Kozloff, Robert Kushner, Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, Kim MacConnel, Miriam Schapiro, Kendall Shaw, Ned Smyth, Robert Zakanitch, and Joe Zucker.

The project was initiated by the Ludwig Forum für Internationale Kunst Aachen and realized in cooperation with the mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien. Following the venues in Aachen and Vienna, the exhibition will be on view at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art, Budapest.

Leopold Museum

Vienna 1900 – Birth of Modernism

The extensive exhibition presents the splendor and wealth of artistic and intellectual achievements of an era shaped by the emergence of the Vienna Secession, the collapse of the Habsburg Monarchy and the death of eminent artists of Viennese Modernism, including Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Koloman Moser and Otto Wagner in 1918.

The new presentation not only shows masterpieces from the collection of the Leopold Museum but – thanks to permanent loans from international and Austrian collections – is able to convey a sense of the atmosphere of this vibrant era with all its contradictions. For the Danube metropolis was both the city of high nobility and of liberal intellectuals, of the magnificent Ringstrasse and endless slum areas, of anti-Semitism and Zionism, of rigid conservatism and emerging Modernism.

This heterogeneous atmosphere – Arnold Schönberg spoke of an “emancipation of dissonance” – became the breeding ground for the unique consolidation of cultural efforts that today makes us look upon the period of Vienna around 1900 as the source of Modernism. This departure unfolded in various disciplines, from painting and the graphic arts via literature, music, theater, dance and architecture, all the way to medicine, psychology,philosophy, jurisprudence and economics.

On the invitation of Director Hans-Peter Wipplinger, a panel of experts supported this inter-disciplinary research project in the shape of numerous symposia held in 2018 at the Leopold Museum together with the museum’s team of curators. Among the team of experts are Andrea Amort (dance), Bazon Brock (esthetics), Monika Faber (photography), Allan Janik (philosophy and economics), Stefan Kutzenberger (literature), Diethard Leopold (genesis of the collection), Monika Meister (theater), Therese Muxeneder (music), Ernst Ploil (applied arts), Ivan Ristić (architecture), August Ruhs (psychology), Daniele Schmid (Jewish culture), Burghart Schmidt (philosophy) and Thomas Zaunschirm (art history). Their findings will enter into the presentation through different artefacts.