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The Shape of Time

The Shape of Time

The Shape of Time is an exhibition of remarkable artworks dating from 1800 to the present day. Borrowed from some of the most important museums and private collections across the world, they have been placed within the rooms of our Picture Gallery in dialogue with our own historical objects and artists, as stepping stones to lead us from the point at which our own collections end to the point at which we stand today. Visitors are invited to look simultaneously backwards and forwards between objects made many centuries years apart, either of which has the potential to alter our experience of the other.

In the spirit of George Kubler’s groundbreaking 1962 book of the same name (The Shape of Time), the pairings seek to reveal the flow of time and space and the evolution of ideas and images across centuries and cultures, and to suggest a view of art history as a reservoir of ideas drawn from repeatedly over time.

The artists and pairings in the exhibition are as follows:

Titian  – J.M.W. Turner
Titian  – Pablo Picasso
Tintoretto  – Kerry James Marshall
Correggio  – Birgit Jürgenssen
Giorgione  – Nusra Latif Qureshi
Sofonisba Anguissola  – Claude Cahun
Tullio Lombardo  – Felix Gonzalez-Torres
Velázquez  – Edouard Manet
Caravaggio  – Franz West
Bronzino  – Lucian Freud
Roman Antiquity  – Paul Cézanne
Roman Antiquity  – Eleanor Antin
Rembrandt  – Fiona Tan
Jan Brueghel the Elder  – Steve McQueen
Peter Paul Rubens  – Maria Lassnig
Rogier van der Weyden  – Ron Mueck
Rembrandt  – Mark Rothko
Dirck Dircksz van Santvoort  – Catherine Opie
Pieter Bruegel the Elder  – Peter Doig


The works have been lent by museums across the world – including Tate, London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Musée Picasso, Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, The British Museum, London, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut – in addition to important private collections.


6 March 2018
to 8 July 2018

Picture Gallery
1st Floor
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

Opening hours
June to August
Daily, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

September to May
Tue – Sun, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Admission till half an hour before closing time.

Holiday opening hours

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