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Vienna on the Path to Modernism

Vienna on the Path to Modernism

In a nutshell

This exhibition focuses on fin de siècle Vienna as the precursor to modernism, providing historical context through influences such as the Freemasons and the Emperor Joseph II’s reforms, through Biedermeier Era, the rise of Vienna’s business class, and the effect of the Vienna World’s Fair in 1873. The rest of the exhibition focuses on the artists of Vienna of the early 20th century: the architecture of Otto Wagner, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka. It also includes the the Vienna Secession, Wiener Werkstätte and Expressionism. There are over 400 items, including paintings, prints, clothing, household items, furniture and much more.

The venue

The National Art Center, Tokyo is an enormous, modern gallery space. This exhibition is in the Special Exhibition Gallery 1E on the ground floor.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)

All the information is in English, including the audio guide..


Only the above Klimt painting may be photographed.

The feels

While there are some beautiful works by artists such as Klimt and Schiele, the bulk of the exhibition encompasses a wide breadth of late 19th, early 20th century modernist Vienna.


This is a history of Vienna through art. There is a lot to see and read and both history buffs and art lovers can find something to enjoy.

How far out?

Exit 6 from the Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda Line takes you directly to the venue.

How much time?

An hour and a half.

How much money?

¥1,600 for general admission.

Until when?

Until August 5

Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art

Worth seeing if you have some free time or if you’d like some broader context for the Klimt exhibition at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.


http://www.nact.jp/english/exhibitions/2019/wienmodern2019/ and https://artexhibition.jp/wienmodern2019/outline-en/

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