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Vienna Art Tips For Travelers – Baroque Period to Vienna Modernism

Vienna Art. If you generally like historic art there is no better place than Wien. Not just because the city is packed with museums and artwork but because of its variety. In this post I’m going to focus on the most popular art periods in Wien, and where in town you can dive into them.

Baroque Period in Vienna

Vienna Tourism Essentials: baroque churchVienna Art. Much of what you see in the city centre is 250 to 300 years old. Together with Schonbrunn Palace, our number one tourist attraction, baroque art largely defines Austria’s capital.

Essentially, the 18th century produced a vast number of baroque buildings in Wien: from churches and Imperial powerhouses to town palaces. After all, there was a lot of empty space to fill, following the last siege of the Turks in 1683. Also, since the Empire didn’t host many economic opportunities  the well off residents invested their money in new property. 

Find out in Baroque Period in Vienna which key pieces of baroque architecture, baroque gardens, baroque costumes and music you should see and experience.

Wiener Biedermeier

Vienna Art: Biedermeier houses at SpittelbergVienna Art.  Although you can find Biedermeier art in Germany, too, Wien holds the key to the most charming paintings, houses, furniture and fashion. Biedermeier defines the dominant art form between the end of the Congress of Vienna and the Revolution in 1848. Since State power resurged citizens withdrew into a romantic world inside their own homes.

Hence, if you like elegant design, great craftsmanship and romantic patterns include Biedermeier art into your itinerary. On top, you will get a perfect glimpse into bourgeois Viennese life of the 19th century.

To soak up Biedermeier atmosphere there is no better place in Vienna than the Spittelberg quarter. If you follow my Art Walk route you’ll get to see rows of original Biedermeier houses and courtyards. To find the best Biedermeier paintings head for the Austrian National Gallery at Belvedere Vienna and to Wien Museum (Vienna Museum). The painting on the right shows ‘A Young Woman At Her Toilette’ (1840) by famous Biedermeier painter Ferdinand Georg Waldmuller (Wien Museum). The latter also exhibits some elegant original Biedermeier dresses.

Since Biedermeier art is so popular with historic furniture make sure you see the fully furnished Biedermeier rooms at the Hapsburgs Museum of Furniture. Another Biedermeier favourite of mine is the collection of chairs and other furniture at the Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art (MAK).

Fin De Siècle Vienna And Modernism

Vienna Art: Wally Neuzil by Egon SchieleVienna Art. About 100 years ago, Vienna sent shockwaves through the art world. Controversial artists such as Egon Schiele and Adolf Loos produced scandals that raged across local magistrates, coffeehouses, hairdressing salons and established art circles. Architect and designer Otto Wagner and painter Gustav Klimt evolved gradually from artists of the establishment to groundbreaking pioneers of a revolutionary art form.

The architectural centrepiece of Vienna Modernism was and still is the Vienna Secession. Today, no one bats an eyelash when seeing it. But it was built at the end of the 19th century, the white cubes balancing a huge golden sphere split the local art world. Get my top Fin de Siecle Vienna travel tips.

Otto Wagner In Vienna

Vienna Sightseeing: MajolikahausVienna Art. Ornaments, swirls, flowers, and elegant minimalism. Austria’s capital collects the best Art Nouveau architecture in Europe. If you want to experience Wiener Jugendstil and Wiener Moderne follow one man: Otto Wagner.

The Austrian architect and designer created signature pieces. The Majolikahaus, the Austrian Postal Savings Bank, and the pavilions on Karlsplatz are just a few. They build a stark contrast to Vienna’s baroque architecture. You can find most of them in the city centre. Access my 10 key tips on Otto Wagner in Vienna to see in town.

Gustav Klimt Artwork

Vienna Art: Gustav Klimt, FulfilmentVienna Art. Without doubt Gustav Klimt is Vienna’s most popular artist. His exuberant ornaments and delicate female portraits were both innovative and provocative. In fact, to fully understand Vienna 1900 you need to get behind the symbolisms of his paintings.

Therefore, before you visit Vienna get familiar with key Klimt masterpieces, and find out where to find them. My guide to Gustav Klimt artwork will help you.

Klimt Villa

Vienna Sightseeing Top 10: Klimt VillaVienna Art. If you love Gustav Klimt’s work seeing his output may not be enough. At the Klimt Villa close to Schönbrunn Palace you’ll not only walk into Klimt’s last studio but will gain a better insight into what inspired the Art Nouveau artist.

Before you visit the site it is important to know what you can expect. I was there in the summer of 2016. Read my review about the Klimt Villa.

Adolf Loos Vienna

Vienna Art: Adolf Loos ViennaVienna Art. At the same time of Art Nouveau’s ornaments and and decorations Adolf Loos promoted a modernist view of the world. The architect and cultural critic ignited both fierce criticism and admiration by local society.

While he was first sympathising with the Vienna Secession he soon turned into their fiercest critic. For example, he detested Josef Hoffmann, while absolutely respected Otto Wagner.

Learn more about him and his top 10 Modernist design to visit in Adolf Loos Vienna.

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