The Theatre Lovers’ Passion for Collecting
8 September 2021 – 18 April 2022
The regard in which the Viennese hold their theatre and opera stars is legendary. One expression of this enthusiasm is the passion with which some fans even today collect personal and professional memorabilia from their favourite performers. Fans, walking sticks, glasses, cigars, notebooks, items of furniture, lucky charms, awards and statuettes are just some of the unusual items that have been preserved in the Theatermuseum.
These treasures are unique not just because of their emotionally charged history. The elaborate craftsmanship and use of costly materials are astonishing. The exhibition of items from the Quisquilia collection – Latin for “odds and ends, miscellany” – that is being shown for the first time, displays highlights of the collection such as the “lucky chair” and accompanying “Sitzbüchel” from the old Burgtheater, the glass with which a toast was made to this venerable old building after the final performance, or the coffee service belonging to the celebrated ballet dancer Fanny Elssler. The exhibition is an evocative journey through the memorabilia collected by theatre lovers in celebration of their favourite stars.