The Shape of Time

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien


It´s a good idea to pay the kunsthistorisches museum now and again a visit. The current exhibition „The Shape of Time“ even enhances this experience: at 19 stations a modern or contemporary piece of art has been juxtaposed to one of the museum´s collections. The relations between the two works might be in form, content or owing to circumstances, and the concept succeeds to freshen our view at the old masters and to make a continuation in artistic processes visible.

Apart from this, the „paraphrasing“ works alone are worth seeing: a painting expressly made for the exhibition by Kerry James Marshall next to one by Tintoretto; a piece by Felix Gonzales-Torres adding nuances to Tullio Lombardo´s relief „young couple“; an installation by Nusra Latif-Qureshi in which she layered contemporary, classical and portraits dating from the time of the moguls in front of the Giorgione portrait „Laura“ - just to give some examples that are maybe not (yet) as famous as Manet (next to Vélazquez) or Picasso (Tizian).


Julia Maurer





Kunsthistorisches  Museum Wien

1010 Wien




Header: extract from:

Ausstellungsansicht Antike / Antin

Torso: Nackte Aphrodite (Typus Medici)
1. oder 2 Jh. n. Chr., römische Kopie des griechischen Originals, um 300 v.
Chr., Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Antikensammlung
© KHM-Museumsverband

Eleanor Antin, Carving: A Traditional Sculpture, 1972
148 silver gelatin prints in complete piece
Courtesy the Art Institute of Chicago, Twentieth Century Discretionar


1: Ausstellungsansicht Tintoretto / Marshall

Jacopo Robusti, gen. Tintoretto, Susanna im Bade, um 1555/56
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
© KHM-Museumsverband

Kerry James Marshall, Untiteld, 2018
© Courtesy der Künstler und David Zwirner, London


2: Ausstellungsansicht Bruegel / Doig

Peter Doig, Two Trees, 2017
© The Artist. Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Pieter Bruegel d. Ä., Jäger im Schnee (Winter), datiert 1565
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
© KHM-Museumsverband


3: Ausstellungsansicht Lombardo / Gonzalez-Torres

Tullio Lombardo, Junges Paar, um 1505/10
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Kunstkammer
© KHM-Museumsverband

Felix Gonzalez-Torres, „Untitled“ (Perfect Lovers), 1987-1990
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hertford, CT
© The Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation
Courtesy of Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York