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Biedermeier in the House of Liechtenstein

Friedrich von Amerling: <EM>Portrait of Princess Marie Franziska von Liechtenstein (1834-1909) at the age of two,</EM>, 1836Photo courtesy of Liechtenstein Museum
Friedrich von Amerling:
Portrait of Princess Marie Franziska von Liechtenstein (1834-1909) at the age of two,, 1836
Photo courtesy of Liechtenstein Museum
Biedermeier in the House of Liechtenstein
VIENNA  •  Liechtenstein Museum  •  Ongoing

Focusing on the simplicity and ‘purism’ of Austrian Biedermeier, this exhibition includes major recent acquisitions which have never before been presented in public such as works by Waldmüller or Fendi, in addition to portraits of German aristocrats by von Amerling, von Pettenkofen and Felix and Friedrich Schadow. Also on view  are major portions of the famous Bloch-Bauer porcelain collection, which was acquired by the Princely Collections after it had been restored to its rightful owners in Canada. With its use of form, colour and subtle decoration in these objects, the design of which leads without a break from the neoclassical age into the Biedermeier period, the Sorgenthal manufactory created features that influenced the Modernist movement of the early 20th century and its purism.

Another item being shown at this exhibition is a traveller’s necessaire also acquired from the Bloch-Bauer family which could stand comparison with any modern-day survival kit. Containing everything and anything that Bieder-Man or Bieder-Woman could need, from a manicure set to sewing needles or the finest English water-colour paints, this precious wooden casket with polished steel inlays holds everything that was indispensable to the contemporary traveller, thus illuminating an essential aspect of that age.

Liechtenstein Museum

Contact: Fürstengasse 1
1090 Vienna
Tel: (43) 1 319 57 670

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