The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna presents, in cooperation with the Archive of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna, an unusual homage to Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827).
His universal and unique reception, the epochal significance of his music, but also the perception of his deified persona, create numerous entry points; high and popular culture, commerce and politics all form an inexhaustible reservoir for inspiration and appropriation.
The exhibition brings together paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, sketchbooks by J. M. W. Turner, graphic works by Francisco de Goya, Anselm Kiefer and Jorinde Voigt, sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Rebecca Horn and a new work developed for the exhibition by Tino Sehgal, a video by Guido van der Werve and much more, all of which are brought into dialogue with the music and persona of Beethoven. The exhibition will thus build a bridge with the present: masterpieces of fine art form connections with music and silence.
The unique and universal reception given to Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827), and the revolutionary significance of his music, not to mention the stylised and iconic image of the man himself, grant us a multitude of points of contact. This book opens up fascinating connections, developing a network of possibilities and associations between the different media: music, the visual arts and the written word. Paintings by Caspar David Friedrich, the sketchbooks of William Turner, prints by Francisco de Goya and Jorinde Voigt, sculptures by Auguste Rodin, Rebecca Horn and John Baldessari are discussed and connected with Beethoven’s music and the man himself. These art works are complemented by a great variety of voices from all over the world: texts that alternate between science and literature, near and far, expert opinion and rapturous enthusiasm. They demonstrate that the incomparable musician can still go on moving people in very different ways even 250 years after his birth.
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