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Theseus Temple

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.


23 June 2022
to 9 October 2022

Holiday opening hours

Opening hours
Daily 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free entry

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