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From Alexandria to Abu Simbel: Egypt in early photographs 1849–1875
VIENNA, AUSTRIA  •  Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna  •  7 June - 25 September 2016

This exhibition of the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s Ancient Egyptian and Near Eastern Collection showcases around sixty vintage prints that offer insights into the era of early photographs, 1849-1875.

Soon after the invention of photography (1839) the first photographers travelled to the Nile to take pictures of ancient Egyptian monuments. Most of them were artists fascinated by this »new« medium who showed their work at exhibitions. In addition to Egypt, most of them also visited the Holy Land, Syria and Lebanon. In Egypt they travelled by boat to Abu Simbel in the far south, with some even continuing on to Nubia and the Sudan.

The exhibition presents works by, for example, Maxime Du Camp (France, 1822-1894), Louis de Clercq (France, 1836−1901), John Beasley Greene (USA, 1832−1856) and Francis Frith (England, 1822−1898) whose works are now, for example, on show in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York or the Getty Center in Los Angeles.

Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna Website


Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien


Tel: (43) 1 52 52 40

Events in Dance

Trajal Harrell: The Return of La Argentina
VIENNA, AUSTRIA  •  Leopold Museum  •  1 - 5 August 2016

Trajal Harrell: The Return of La Argentina (Austrian Premiere)

Tatsumi Hijikata, the inventor of Japanese butoh dance, created a legendary homage to acclaimed dancer La Argentina aka Antonia Rosa Mercé y Luque (1890–1936) in 1977. In the sensational solo La Argentina was portrayed by none other than butoh poet Kazuo Ohno. Now Trajal Harrell, the Voguing star from New York, breathes new life into Hijikata’s and Ohno’s work. To do so, he rummages in fictitious recollections and invents an intimate ritual of artistic reanimation. With subtle humour and total abandon he dances his very own Ohno/Hijikata/Argentina.

ImPulsTanz Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Leopold Museum
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Wien
Tel: (43) 1 523 55 58

Ushio Amagatsu / Sankai Juku
Ushio Amagatsu / Sankai Juku
Ushio Amagatsu / Sankai Juku
VIENNA, AUSTRIA  •  Volkstheater  •  29 - 31 July 2016
Concentrated movement, dreamful sounds, images of perfect equilibrium – Ushio Amagatsu’s company Sankai Juku combines these elements to create utterly sensual art: MEGURI is the group’s latest creation. Founded in 1975, they have been performing all over the globe since 1980 and brought Butoh to its worldwide fame. Like monks from a secluded Buddhist monastery, eight dancers engage in a delicate dialogue with gravity: on a sand-covered stage before a backdrop of lapidified water lilies. Such fossilised traces served Amagatsu as an inspiration for blending the body and nature in harmony.

ImPulsTanz Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Volkstheater
Neustiftgasse 1
1070 Wien
Tel: (43) 1 523 55 58

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