Vienna’s year of Modernism

VIENNA this year honours four of the greats of the Modernist arts movement, marking 100 years since the deaths of Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Koloman Moser and Otto Wagner.

The four are the subject of a city-wide series of exhibitions and events celebrating the age of Viennese Modernism, under the title Beauty and the Abyss.

“Viennese Modernism was one of the most important eras for art and culture in Austria’s history,” said Vienna Tourist Board managing director Norbert Kettner.

“Paintings by Klimt and Schiele command record prices at auction and are often referred to as priceless,” he said. “Wagner’s modernist buildings…are not only a pleasure to look at, but remain fully functional today. And Moser designed what must have been the first logo in history: that of Wiener Werkstatte (the Vienna Workshop arts community). He revolutionised design.”

The anniversary also provides an opportunity to explore other greats of Viennese art and music. For more details, search “Beauty and the Abyss” at