The Theseus Temple was built between 1819 and 1823 by court architect Peter von Nobile. It was designed to house a single work of contemporary art: Antonio Canova’s white marble masterpiece Theseus Slaying the Centaur. For almost seventy years this artwork stood alone inside the building, until in 1890 it was moved to the newlycompleted Kunsthistorisches Museum, where it remains today on the museum’s monumental staircase.
Recently, a new series of exhibitions has returned the building to its original purpose: to house remarkable artworks by contemporary artists, one at a time. This year we are showing Bottled Ocean 2122 by artist George Nuku.