Recommendation: “BEETHOVEN MOVES” at Kunsthistorisches Museum
The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna, in cooperation with the Archive of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, presents 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 points of entry; high and popular culture, commerce and politics all form an inexhaustible reserve of inspiration and appropriation.
The exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum brings together paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, sketchbooks by William Turner, graphic works by Francisco de Goya, Anselm Kiefer and Jorinde Voigt, sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Rebecca Horn and John Baldessari, a video by Guido van der Werve and a new work developed for the exhibition by Tino Sehgal, all of which are brought into dialogue with the music and persona of Beethoven. The exhibition will thus build a bridge with the present by being a poetic reflection of the composer and his work: masterpieces of fine art form connections with music and silence.
The expressive power of Beethoven’s sound is thus vividly given shape. His music will not only be heard but also seen.
The elaborately staged exhibition will not present any artworks from the Kunsthistorisches Museum collection. However, it is shown in the Picture Gallery in the context of the art and culture of many centuries; hundreds of works that precede Beethoven’s lifetime and in some ways also lead up to it.
Beethoven is one of the great influential figures in the history of music and culture, not only in Vienna but also internationally. As the largest museum in Austria, the Kunsthistorisches Museum would therefore like to address the anniversary of his 250th birthday.
Museums are treasure houses, part of the cultural consciousness and tourist magnets but beyond that, they are also discursive spaces for reflection and confrontation, laboratories for fantasy and the connection of ideas – these aspects will become particularly clear in this exhibition project curated by Andreas Kugler, Jasper Sharp, Stefan Weppelmann and Andreas Zimmerman.
You can all the information about the exhibition here: beethovenbewegt.at/
On 25th and 26th September, an exclusive preview of Tino Sehgal's This joy will take place at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in cooperation with ImPulsTanz. More information and tickets here.