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Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna

Beethoven. The Exhibition.

23 March – 6 September 2020

In spring and summer 2020 the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna will be presenting a tribute of a rather unusual kind, i.e. to Ludwig van Beethoven, the great exponent of the First Viennese School of classical music. His epoch-defining oeuvre has shaped popular culture, political propaganda, marketing, and the visual arts, in equal measure. The impact of his music is as strong as ever, even 250 years after it was first composed, and it still sounds just as amazingly fresh and monumental. Beethoven transcends listening habits, creating exciting parallels with the visual arts of the modern age in particular, it too challenging our viewing habits in much the same way. The exhibition explores this complex web of relationships.

Indeed, in paintings, drawings and sculptures, in film, video and performance art, it establishes a visual link from Beethoven’s era right through to the present and sees itself as a poetic reflection on the composer and his oeuvre. Masterpieces of the fine arts combine and merge with music and silence. Physical form is lent to the expressive power of Beethoven’s compositions so that his music can not only be perceived acoustically, but also visualised.


Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010 Wien

Opening hours
Tue – Sun, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thu, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

June to August and during the exhibition Caravaggio & Bernini from 15.10.2019 to 19.01.2020,
open daily

Admission till half an hour before closing time.

Holiday opening hours

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