Museum of Modern Art, Vienna Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
The Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien in Vienna consists of two exhibition halls - the Museum des 20. Jahrhunderts, which has been in existence since 1962, and the Palais Liechenstein, which has been used since 1979.
Museum of Modern Art Highlights
Museum of the 20th Century
The Austrian Pavilion at the 1958 Brussels World Fair was dismantled and rebuilt by Karl Schwanzer in the Schweizergarten in Vienna in 1960-62. The Museum of Modern Art (Museum Moderner Kunst) was housed here until it moved to the Palais Liechtenstein. The Museum of the 20th Century ("Zwanzigerhaus") serves as a venue for large temporary exhibitions on the ground floor, while a collection newly formed in 1991 is displayed on the first floor. Highlights of the international art collections are those covering "conceptual art", "minimal art" and "land art", from 1960 to the present day. Artists represented include Joseph Beuys, Peter Halley ("Soul Control", 1953), Mario Merz, Richard Serra, Sol Le Witt, Jannis Kounellis, Donald Judd, Lawrence Weiner, Hanne Darboven, Bertrand Lavier ("Peugeot 103", 1949) and Günther Görg. Austrian avant-garde artists are represented by Franz West, Heimo Zobernig, Hartmut Skerbisch and Gerwald Rockenschaub. Next to the museum is a sculpture garden with works by Moore, Arp, Rodin, Giacometti and Wotruba.
This Summer Palace in Fürstengasse is accounted one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Vienna. Domenico Martinelli erected the building between 1691 and 1711 together with a town mansion for Johann Adam Andreas, Prince of Liechenstein, whose family still owns it to this day. The rich sculptural decoration on the facade is by Giovanni Giuliani, the frescoes in the vestibule by Johann Michael Rottmayr, the magnificent staircases and marble halls are the work of Andrea Pozzo and Antonio Bellucci, while Santino Bussi was responsible for the High Baroque stucco work.Until 1944 the Liechenstein Gallery was housed here; since 1979 it has been a permanent home for contemporary art following the acquisition on permanent loan of pictures from the Ludwig Collection (from Aachen) and the Hahn Collection (from Cologne), including works by the neo- Dadaists from the 1960s and 1970s.The Palais Liechenstein collections represent a cross section of international 20th century art. Highlights are the "modern classicists", with works by Picasso, Kupka, Nolde, Schlemmer, Lipschitz, Kirchner, Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka. Individual rooms are allotted to various art movements such as Expressionism (Schiele, Pechstein, Jawlensky), Cubism (Gleizes, Léger, Duchamp-Villon), Futurism (Balla), Constructivism (Pevsner, Albers), Surrealism (Magritte, Ernst), Nouveau Réalisme (Arman, Raysse), Viennese Fantastic Realism (Hausner, Lehmden, Fuchs, Hutter), Viennese Actionism (Muehl, Nitsch, Rainer), American Pop Art (Warhol, Rauschenberg) and Photorealism. International artists of the 1980s and 1990s are also represented (Baselitz, Immendorff, Tatafiore). In addition, temporary exhibitions are held every six to seven months, in which attempts are made to relate the Baroque ambience of the Palais Liechenstein to displays of contemporary art.
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