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coronavirus

Austria’s federal museums close to prevent coronavirus spread

Albertina delays planned opening of new Vienna museum of modern art

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Exhibitions

Works by Cézanne, Matisse and Van Gogh from private Swiss collection head to Vienna's Albertina

The Hahnloser Collection paintings are being lent to the Austrian museum while the Winterthur villa where they usually reside undergoes renovations

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Kunsthalle Wien

Are three heads better than one? How to run a museum as a collective

Curatorial group WHW (What, How & for Whom), who are joint directors of Vienna’s Kunsthalle, on their experimental approach to museum leadership and exhibitions

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Museums

Will new €50m Albertina Modern museum revolutionise Vienna’s contemporary art scene?

Satellite venue of historic Albertina is to focus on Austrian and international art made after 1945

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Albrecht Dürer

Possible Dürer discovered above souvenir shop in Vienna's cathedral

Experts believe underdrawing in St Stephen’s is first evidence that the master worked in the Austrian capital

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Diary

Is a romantic dinner in the company of Klimt’s The Kiss an option—or not?

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Art market

'Close to Raphael' Madonna sells for €1.27m at Vienna’s Dorotheum

A leading Italian art historian attributed it to Raphael and associates before the sale

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Art market

Is this a Raphael? Madonna and Child painting to be auctioned at Dorotheum in Vienna

The work, previously unknown to scholars, was until now in a private ducal collection

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Exhibitions

Albertina’s Albrecht Dürer drawings enjoy a rare outing

Exhibition will bring together Vienna museum’s collection with key loans from European institutions, as well as unveiling a raft of new theories

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The music of Mark Rothko finally sounds in the land of Mozart

First exhibition in Austria reveals Abstract Expressionist’s identification with the work of the Old Masters

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More to Viennese Modernism than Klimt and Schiele: new show on forgotten female artists

Organisers had to delve deep into the Belvedere archives and visit artist's descendants to assemble the exhibition

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in Vienna this weekend

From a busy Bruegel blockbuster to a whimsical Wes Anderson world conjured from the Kunsthistorisches Museum archives

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Albrecht Dürer

Dürer used his famous Praying Hands drawing to advertise his talent

Chief curator of Vienna’s Albertina argues that the work, which shows the artist's own hands, was a finished work rather than preparatory drawing

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Vienna

Albertina Museum director defends landmark gift of Essl collection

Klaus Albrecht Schröder says contemporary art acquisitions, criticised by Austrian Court of Audit, will fill a gap in country’s public museums

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Austria

Austria returns wrong Klimt to wrong family

Painting of apple trees is pulled from exhibition after admission that its restitution was a mistake

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Vienna

Austrian culture minister Gernot Blümel ‘is a no-show’, claims opposition

Austrian People’s Party politician has refused to schedule parliamentary culture committee meetings and has overseen a decline in the culture budget

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Exhibitions

Niko Pirosmani: the ‘vagabond’ who inspired the Russian avant-garde

The self-taught artist, whose work commands surprisingly high prices at auction, is the subject of an exhibition at Vienna's Albertina museum

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Donations

Vienna’s Albertina museum receives €90m donation of 1,323 works from Essl Collection

Works will be shown in a new home for contemporary art opening next year

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Conservation & Preservation

Death triumphs: Museo del Prado completes challenging two-year-long Bruegel restoration

Newly conserved danse macabre work travels to Vienna for major exhibition marking 450 years since the artist's death

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Largest ever exhibition on Pieter Bruegel the Elder opens in Vienna

Show at the Kunsthistorisches Museum unites more than three-quarters of the artist's paintings

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Art market

‘Oversaturated’ Berlin loses two more galleries

Exile gallery has moved to Vienna, while Gillmeier Rech closes

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Art market

Vienna Contemporary here to stay with decade-long venue booking

The contemporary art fair, now in its third year, made its mark at Vienna's Marx Halle

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Art market

Sticking the knife into the patriarchy: Artemisia Gentileschi painting to be sold for the first time in Vienna

The female Italian Baroque artist's depiction of Lucretia is thought to have been in European collection since the 19th century

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From Waldmüller to Klimt: bouquets in abundance at Vienna's Belvedere

Exhibition looks at Austrian obsession with flower painting since the 18th century

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A hundred works for 100 years: New York’s Neue Galerie marks Klimt and Schiele's centenary

New show explores how the Austrian artists tackled “issues that we’re grappling with today”

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German museum and auctioneer Im Kinsky tussle over looted glass goblet

Object was returned to consigner not museum from where it was looted at the end of Second World War

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Leaders

Egon Schiele was not a sex offender

The 100th anniversary of Austrian artist’s death has arrived just in time for the #MeToo movement

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Exhibitions

Museums pay tribute to Vienna’s visionary voyeurs, Klimt and Schiele, on 100th anniversary of their deaths

The artists are the subject of exhibitions across the Austrian capital—and beyond

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In the frame

Hollywood comes to Vienna: Wes Anderson's pick of the Kunsthistorisches Museum

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In the frame

Sparkling stuff: Dolce & Gabbana’s tiara design goes under the hammer at Dorotheum

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Ethics

Should museums display human remains from other cultures?

Vienna’s Weltmuseum criticised for displaying a trophy head

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In the frame

When Moon and Earth collide... how "cyborg artist" turns tremors into art

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Liechtenstein

The Prince of Liechtenstein is making another attempt to take his Coello portrait from the UK to Austria

Will the third time be lucky?

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Liechtenstein

Why the Prince of Liechtenstein shut his museum

Vienna’s Summer Palace to open for groups and receptions only

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Books

Books: Saviour of the Habsburgs, richly rewarded

Soldier and collector Prince Eugene of Savoy’s role in the rise of the Austro-Hungarian empire

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Damien Hirst

Proposals for Hirst and Baselitz shared show at the Albertina abandoned due to artists' objections

The works will be placed in different rooms within the permanent collection after artists were unhappy with ideas for an exhibition displaying them together

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Liechtenstein

Lichtenstein's is the greatest royal collection after Britain’s—and is still growing

Prince Hans-Adam II may be spending more than any other in the world

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Liechtenstein

Prince of Liechtenstein threatens major Royal Academy show

If one of his works is not released by the UK authorities, an exhibition drawn from his collection will be pulled

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British Museum

Aztec headdress will not travel to British Museum show

Fragile treasure, “Moctezuma’s Crown”, is subject of restitution claims

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Liechtenstein

Biedermeier art collection to go on show in the City Palace, Vienna

The space will be the second venue in the city to host the Prince of Liechtenstein's art collection

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Restitution

For sale: works seized by Stasi

The East German intelligence service confiscated hundreds of items in the 1970s and 1980s, which are now being returned to their rightful owners and their heirs

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Restitution

Leopold Museum in Vienna accused over Nazi-looted art

Institution says restitution laws don’t apply as it is a private gallery

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Collectors

Europe’s greatest museum buyer explains the strategy behind his acquisitions

The Prince of Liechtenstein explains 'Why I have become a great collector'

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Benin Bronzes

Benin bronzes finally united in Viennese comprehensive exhibition

Major show at the Museum für Völkerkunde includes loans from current Oba

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Vienna

Albertina to reopen its collection to scholars—finally

The institution has installed an impressive high-tech robotic system to store and retrieve its holdings of prints and drawings

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Restitution

Some progress in restitution of Klimt paintings, but much more needs to be done

Maria Altmann’s ongoing attempt in the US to hold Austria to account for its allegedly unlawful retention of six Klimt paintings that belonged to her family and were then looted by the Nazis has focused international attention on Austria’s often ambivalent attitude towards the matter of what should be done about Nazi-looted art in public collections

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Vienna

The Prince of Liechtenstein is putting his paintings on permanent public display from March

The greatest royal collection after Britain’s—and still buying

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Restitution

Supreme Court to decide whether Austria can be sued in the US

An American citizen is claiming six Klimts from the Nationalgalerie in Vienna alleged to have been seized from her uncle by the Nazis and then unlawfully retained by Austria after the war

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Collectors

Exhibition of the largest selection of Australian Aboriginal art to have been presented in Europe

Show demonstrates the aboriginal passion of an Austrian collector

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Restitution

Galerie St Etienne honours Otto Kallir, it's founder and the saviour of “degenerate art”

"Saved From Europe" commemorates the man who brought art condemned by the Nazis to the US and worked for the restitution of looted art

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Exhibitions

Andy Warhol exhibition to open in Vienna

“Andy Warhol: A Factory”, Kunsthalle at Karlplatz, Vienna, 5 February-2 May

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Restitution

Austria makes legal amends by passing a bill ensuring restitution

Works acquired in a “suspicious manner” will begin to be returned at once

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Exhibitions

Breughel-Breughel exhibition marred as family battles over gallery established with funds of Nazi Alfried Krupp

The Krupps go to war again

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Joseph Beuys

Beuys breathes life into Cologne’s museum relics and inspires an exhibition in Vienna

Crucifixes and razorblades show the breadth of Beuys' production

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Nazi loot

Works of art stolen from Austrian Jews by the Nazis sell out and realise $14 million, five times the estimated total

Auction was an expression of piety, not of the art market

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Restitution

Christie’s takes on sale of Jewish loot

900 works of art looted from Vienna’s Jewish community and stored in a monastery since 1955 to be sold on its behalf - It may be a PR nightmare for the auctioneers