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Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

Beethoven moves

25 March – 5 July 2020

In the spring and summer of 2020, the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, in cooperation with the Archive of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, will present an unusual homage to Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827), the great representative of the First Viennese School. Beethoven’s popularity remains unbroken, even 250 years after his birth. Beyond the music, his humanistic messages have influenced the history of art and culture. His early deafness shaped his image as a tragic genius.

Beethoven’s universal and unique reception, the epochal significance of his music, but also the perception of his deified persona, create numerous juxtapositions; high and popular culture, commerce and politics all form an inexhaustible reservoir for inspiration and appropriation.

The exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna features more than 120 superlative works, including paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, sketchbooks by William Turner, graphic works by Francisco de Goya and Jorinde Voigt, sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Rebecca Horn and John Baldessari, a performative sculpture by Tino Sehgal, videos and much more. All of which open up a dialogue with and reference Beethoven’s music and persona. The exhibition will thus build a visual bridge with the present by being a poetic reflection of the composer and his work: masterpieces of fine art enter into connections with music and silence.

The expressive power of Beethoven’s sounds is thus vividly given shape. His music will not only be heard, but also seen.


Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

Opening hours


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Mon 9am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Di9am – 6 pm10am – 6pm
Mi9am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Do9am – 9pm10am – 9pm
Fr9am – 6pm10am – 6pm
Sa9am – 9pm10am – 6pm
So9am – 9pm10am – 6pm

Admission till half an hour before closing time.

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