Feste Feiern! - Celebration! 125 Years – Anniversary Exhibition

8 Mar 2016 – 11 Sep 2016

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

Wien, Austria


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To commemorate the 125th birthday KHM Vienna is hosting an important special exhibition on celebrations and festivities with artworks from all its collections as well as major loans from national and international collections.


The exhibition focuses on celebrations and how they evolved over time; it looks at various aspects of European festivities from the Renaissance until the French Revolution - at court, in towns and cities, and in the country. Festivities always mark a state of exception during which normal rules temporarily do not apply. The courtly banquet with its pomp and circumstance, which included dancing and music, forms the centre of the show; other sections feature out-of-doors celebrations to mark coronations, weddings or births but also staged during Carnival, church fairs or on market days.

With major loans from national and international collections like Goya’s “La gallina ciega” from the Prado, and a designer outfit by Alexander McQueen from the V&A Museum in London.



Gudrun Swoboda

Exhibiting artists

Johannes Lingelbach

Maerten van Heemskerck

Pieter Bruegel

Wolfgang Heimbach

Francisco de Goya

Francisco de Goya

Alexander McQueen

Peter Paul Rubens


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