The Kunsthistorische Museum Vienna „on Tour“ in the USA
In 2015, a large travelling exhibition showcasing masterpieces from the former Habsburg collections will bring some imperial splendor to the United States: the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta will host priceless loans from the Kunsthistorisches Museum, some of which have never been on show in the US before. They tell the story of five hundred years of Habsburg patronage, from the late Middle Ages to the early 20th century
The exhibition comprises artworks and other precious objects from the collections assembled by connoisseurs from the House of Habsburg – by Emperors of the Holy Roman Empire and other powerful rulers who commissioned or acquired fabulous artworks for their palaces and Kunstkammer collection that are now in the collections of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The majority of these works have never been on show outside Austria.
The exhibition is organized along historical lines and showcases world-spanning Habsburg power: from their rise in the late Middle Ages to the apex of their power in the 16th and 17th century to the dynasty’s further expansion in the 18th and 19th century to the final demise of the Empire in 1918. The artifacts comprise arms and armor, sculptures, Greek and Roman antiquities, court robes and uniforms, carriages and paintings by Correggio, Giorgione, Rubens, Tintoretto, Titian and Velázquez.
The exhibition is curated by Monica Kurzel-Runtscheiner, Director of the Imperial Carriage Museum Vienna.
Minneapolis Institute of Art
„The Habsburgs: Rarely Seen Masterpieces from Europe’s Greatest Dynasty“
15.2. - 10.5.2015
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
„Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna’s Imperial Collections“
14.6. - 13.9.2015
High Museum of Art, Atlanta
„Habsburg Splendor: Masterpieces from Vienna's Imperial Collections“
18.10.2015 - 17.1.2016
Please note that a number of important artworks will not be on show in our museums and collections for several months as they are travelling to the United States as part of this major exhibition. Here is a list of the artworks currently on show in the US: