The Shape of Time

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
06/03/18 till 08/07/18

The Shape of Time

The Shape of Time is an exhibition of remarkable artworks dating from 1800 to the present day. Borrowed from some of the most important museums and private collections across the world, they have been placed within the rooms of our Picture Gallery in dialogue with our own historical objects and artists, as stepping stones to lead us from the point at which our own collections end to the point at which we stand today. Visitors are invited to look simultaneously backwards and forwards between objects made many centuries years apart, either of which has the potential to alter our experience of the other.

In the spirit of George Kubler’s groundbreaking 1962 book of the same name (The Shape of Time), the pairings seek to reveal the flow of time and space and the evolution of ideas and images across centuries and cultures, and to suggest a view of art history as a reservoir of ideas drawn from repeatedly over time. mehr

The artists and pairings in the exhibition are as follows:

Tizian  – J.M.W. Turner

Tizian  – Pablo Picasso

Tintoretto  – Kerry James Marshall

Correggio  – Birgit Jürgenssen

Giorgione  – Nusra Latif Qureshi

Sofonisba Anguissola  – Claude Cahun

Tullio Lombardo  – Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Velázquez  – Edouard Manet

Caravaggio  – Franz West

Bronzino  – Lucian Freud

Römische Antike  – Paul Cézanne

Römische Antike  – Eleanor Antin

Rembrandt  – Fiona Tan

Jan Brueghel d.Ä.  – Steve McQueen

Peter Paul Rubens  – Maria Lassnig

Rogier van der Weyden  – Ron Mueck

Rembrandt  – Mark Rothko

Dirck Dircksz van Santvoort  – Catherine Opie

Pieter Bruegel d.Ä.  – Peter Doig


The works have been lent by museums across the world – including Tate, London, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Musée Picasso, Paris, the Art Institute of Chicago, The British Museum, London, the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the Wadsworth Atheneum, Connecticut – in addition to important private collections.

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