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Edmund de Waal meets Albrecht Dürer

Edmund de Waal meets Albrecht Dürer

During the Night

In 2012, the Kunsthistorisches Museum began a new series of exhibitions, for which acclaimed international artists are invited to present their own personal selections of objects from the museum’s collections. The first exhibition, The Ancients Stole All Our Great Ideas, was curated by the American artist Ed Ruscha. For the second exhibition in the series, the Kunsthistorisches Museum has invited the British artist and author Edmund de Waal.

Over the past three years, Edmund de Waal has made repeated visits to Vienna to view at first-hand a large number of objects both on display and in the museum’s storage rooms. The selection that he has made, gathered together under the title during the night, takes as its starting point the 1525 depiction of a nightmare by Albrecht Dürer, kept in a book belonging to the Kunstkammer. Other representations of dream, anxiety, disonance, disquiet and the moment of transition between waking and sleeping have been chosen from the Picture Gallery, the Kunstkammer, the collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities, the Library, the Collection of Historic Musical Instruments, the Imperial Treasury and the Kunstkammer at Schloss Ambras. Some will be familiar to visitors, and others less so. The exhibition will also include four objects from the Natural History Museum Vienna as well as a new work of art that Edmund de Waal has created especially for the exhibition in Vienna. The netsuke Hare with Amber Eyes, made famous by Edmund de Waal’s same-titled 2010 memoir, will also be on display.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full programme of talks, musical perfomances and other events as well as by an exhibition catalogue and an artist edition produced for the Kunsthistorisches Museum by Edmund de Waal.

Late Night Event "During the Night“

Sat, November 26, 2016, 7pm to 3am
Visitors could join in on an exciting night-long journey through Edmund de Waal’s exhibition and experience responses, guided tours, readings and lectures on the topic "During the Night"...


8pm: Response #1
August Ruhs, psychoanalyst

9pm: Response #2 - Rubens' Medusa
Michael Köhlmeier, author

9.30pm: Popup dialogue
Edmund de Waal, artist & curator and
Oliver Rathkolb, historian
(In English)

10pm: Response #3
Franz Bartolomey, first solo cellist at the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
"The Faith" by György Kurtág and "Foglie d'Espagne" by Marin Marais

11pm: Response #4 - Wie kommt der Hase auf den Mond?
Johannes Wieninger, curator at the MAK

12am: Response #5 - Objekte erzählen Geschichten
Katja Schmitz-von Ledebur, director of the Kunstkammer

1am: Response #6 - Was bringt uns durch die Nacht?
Vea Kaiser, author

2am: Talk in the Cupola Hall
Edmund de Waal, artist & curator
(In English)

Edmund de Waal - Audioguide


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11 October 2016
to 29 January 2017

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Exhibition Catalogue 2016
Edmund de Waal - During the Night
€ 29.95
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