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The Other Side - Mirrors and Reflections in Contemporary Art
VIENNA, AUSTRIA  •  Belvedere  •  18 June - 12 October 2014
 
 
Vienna's Belvedere has undertaken to elucidate various aesthetic and symbolic aspects of the reflecting surface. Not only has the mirror been of great significance in the history of art and culture, but it can also look back on a century- old tradition as a magical and symbolic object. In several ancient civilisations, it was considered an image of the soul, while in European medieval art it functioned as an emblem of chastity, transience, sensual pleasure, and a passion for finery. In the Baroque age, on the other hand, it was a symbol of vanity – the futility of all human ambition. The mirror is a medium of self-perception and of the narcissistic doubling of one’s self, while it is also a threshold leading to a parallel universe or a different modality of existence, such as in Through the Looking - Glass 1 , where it functions as a means of expanding one’s mind.

Belvedere Website


Contact: Upper Belvedere
Prinz Eugen-Str. 27
1030 Vienna
Austria
Tel: (43) 1 79 557

Europe's Fathers: Augustus and Charlemagne
VIENNA, AUSTRIA  •  Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien  •  27 May - 21 September 2014
 
To commemorate the death of the Roman Emperor Augustus 2000 years and of Charlemagne 1200 years ago the Kunsthistorisches Museum is hosting a small presentation of unique masterpieces that illustrate the intellectual world of these two rulers, the splendour of their courts, and their seminal importance for European history. The exhibition showcases two of the museum’s most iconic artworks: the Gemma Augustea and the Vienna Coronation Gospels, produced for Charlemagne and now on view for the first time since 1954.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien Website


Contact: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Maria-Theresien-Platz
1010 Wien
Austria

Tel: (43) 1 525 24 - 5202



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