Bruegel

Once in a Lifetime

 

Would Pieter Bruegel have laughed had somebody told him how many people would once assemble spying in front of his paintings? As if the „Fight Between Carnival and Lent“ had flooded the museum... As expected, the rush to see the grand Bruegel-Exhibition at KHM is great.

Still, I´d like to say that excuses like „I already know“ or „blockbuster-exhibition“ do not apply: many of the loans are so fragile that travelling for them was a great exception, and there are three quarters of Bruegel´s paintings and almost half of his drawings in the show; like, for example, the „Adoration of the Magi in a Winter Landscape“, the probably first painting depicting falling snow!

Additionally the exhibition offers background information on material, techniques and construction of Bruegel´s pieces: The painting „Two monkeys“ demonstrates how the artist layer after layer applied foundations, drafts, colours and varnish. Or they show how parts of the oak panels he used are from the Baltic and date back to the 13th century. Or one can look at historic objects as depicted on the „Fight between Carnival and Lent“, loans from the Museum Boijmans Van Beunigen in Rotterdam.

So it´s really worth while to go and visit - as the KHM advertises - the „once in a lifetime“-exhibition. I´d just recommend the Viennese themselves to concentrate on graphics, loans and information, and keep the „Hunters in the Snow“, for instance, for the next visit, during normal times.

Julia Maurer

 

 

 

Venue:

 

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien
Maria Theresien Platz
1010 Wien

 

www.khm.at

 

 

 

Content:

Header, 3: Ausstellungsansicht © KHM-Museumsverband

1: Pieter Bruegel d. Ä. (um 1525/30 vermutlich in
Breugel oder Antwerpen ? 1569 Brüssel), Zwei angekettete Affen, 1562, Eichenholz, 19,8 × 23,3 cm, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie © Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Gemäldegalerie / Christoph Schmidt

2: Pieter Bruegel d. Ä. (um 1525/30 vermutlich in
Breugel oder Antwerpen ? 1569 Brüssel), Kampf zwischen Fasching und Fasten, 1559, Eichenholz, 118 × 164,5 cm, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie © KHM-Museumsverband

4: Pieter Bruegel d. Ä. (um 1525/30 vermutlich in
Breugel oder Antwerpen ? 1569 Brüssel), Die Anbetung der Könige im Schnee, 1563, Holz, 35 x 55 cm, Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft, Bundesamt für Kultur, Sammlung Oskar Reinhart »Am Römerholz«, Winterthur © Sammlung Oskar Reinhart »Am Römerholz«, Winterthur