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Max Pechsteain: <EM>Still Life with Negro Statues</EM>, 1918Private Collection
Max Pechsteain: Still Life with Negro Statues, 1918
Private Collection
Foreign Gods: Fascination Africa and Oceania
VIENNA, AUSTRIA  •  Leopold Museum  •  23 September 2016 - 9 January 2017
Curated by Erwin Melchardt and Ivan Ristić, the museum’s comprehensive collection of African and Oceanic art is presented for the first time. Allowing these objects to enter into a dialogue with select works by protagonists of Classical Modernism, the presentation calls to mind Europe’s exotic art adventure and its impact on the avant-garde. Visitors are able to experience this first hand through the dialogue that the masks and figures enter into with works by Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brâncusi, Emil Nolde and Max Ernst. At the same time, the alienating, “primitivist” view that Modernist artists had of Africa and Oceania is questioned by the contemporary artist Kader Attia from a post-colonial perspective.

Leopold Museum Website

Contact: Leopold Museum
at the MuseumsQuartier
U2 MuseumsQuartier
U3 Volkstheater
Tel: (43) 1.5257016-18

The Emperor’s GoldKunsthistorisches Museum Wien
The Emperor's Gold
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
The Emperor's Gold
VIENNA, AUSTRIA  •  Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien  •  24 May 2016 - 5 March 2017

The great fame that the imperial coin collection already enjoyed throughout Europe around 1800 derived from its size and quality as well as from the rarity of the objects it contained. It was the collecting passion of the Emperors Charles VI (reigned 1711-1740) and Francis I (reigned 1745-1765), which already fascinated contemporaries, and to which the Vienna Coin Cabinet owes its world-class status today. On the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the Vienna Coin Cabinet presents a special exhibition of the highest-carat gold pieces from its once-imperial coin collection.

The spectacular find at Szilágysomlyó in Transylvania, for instance, contained the heaviest gold medals from antiquity ever discovered.

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien Website

Contact: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
1010 Wien
Tel: (43) 1 525 24 52 02

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