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2017: Rubens


The Power of Transformation

October 17, 2017 – January 21, 2018

A spectacular showcase for Peter Paul Rubens, the foremost Flemish Baroque painter

Peter Paul Rubens (1577‒1640) achieved great fame during his own lifetime and is regarded to this day as the foremost Flemish painter of the Baroque period. The Kunsthistorisches Museum has around forty paintings by the master and his workshop. They include intensely vibrant key works teeming with figures, such as the huge altarpieces for the Jesuit Church in Antwerp, and more intimate depictions, including the “Portrait of Hélène Fourment (Het Pelsken)”, the “Head of Medusa”, and Rubens’s late self-portrait.

In autumn 2017 the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is dedicating a magnificent exhibition to this key exponent of European painting. Together with numerous international loans, Rubens’s oeuvre will be combined in a spectacular showcase. Its focal point will be the painter’s creativity. Rubens excelled more than any other at using the works of other artists for his own creative output. He engaged throughout his life in this dialogue with the works of his illustrious predecessors and contemporaries, a dialogue that was to shape his oeuvre over a period of fifty years. As a painter he was continually transforming his own compositions. And, indeed, Rubens’s works often owe their dynamic and compelling contemporary appearance precisely to his penchant for reworking.


Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
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.

March 26, 2018: openMarch 27, 2018: openMarch 30, 2018: openApril 1, 2018: openHoliday opening hours

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