Vienna on the Path to Modernism
The 150th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Austria


Art movements flourished in the late 19th to early 20th century in Vienna as artists sought new forms of expression that stepped beyond traditional media definitions of painting, sculpture, decorative arts, design and fashion. Through their efforts they began what would become the highly decorative, glittering splendor of a uniquely Viennese cultural form. Major artists emerged in all genres during this fin de siècle period, including painters such as Gustav Klimt (1862-1918), Egon Schiele (1890-1918), and Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), the architect Otto Wagner (1841-1918), Josef Hoffmann (1870-1956), Adolf Loos (1870-1933), and the designer Koloman Moser (1868-1918), heralding a golden age of modern art and design. This flourishing occurred not only in the visual arts, it can also be found in music, psychology and other fields.

This exhibition examines Viennese fin de siècle culture from the vantage point of "the path to modernization," as it experiments with a new type of exhibition. Previous studies have rarely noticed that Viennese fin de siècle culture did not appear out of nowhere. Rather, we can say that various seeds planted in the 18th century blossomed and came to fruition at the end of the 19th century. The enlightenment philosophy of the 18th century reign of Empress Maria Theresia developed during the Biedermeier period, a time that can be seen as the nascence of Viennese modernist culture, and linked to the glittering splendor of late 19th century art movements.

This exhibition unites masterpieces of the second half of the 18th century and the Biedermeier period with works by such major fin de siècle artists as Klimt, Schiele, the Viennese Secessionists, Kokoschka, Otto Wagner, the Wiener Werkstätte and Adolf Loos. The unprecedented gathering of works includes a selection of 74 oil paintings, plus numerous decorative artworks, graphics and textiles. Approximately 400 works will be displayed in Tokyo. Indeed, this exhibition's definitive display will foster an understanding of Vienna's abundant cultural riches.

Date April 24 (Wed.) – August 5 (Mon.), 2019
Closed on Tuesdays (except for April 30)
Opening hours 10:00-18:00
* Fridays and Saturdays, April to June 10:00-20:00
* Fridays and Saturdays, July to August 10:00-21:00
* From April 28(Sun.) to May 2(Thu.) and May 5(Sun.) 10:00-20:00
*Open until 22:00 in conjunction with the Roppongi Art Night 2019 on May 25 (Sat.).
(Last admission 30 minutes before closing)
Venue The National Art Center, Tokyo (Kokuritsu-Shin-Bijutsukan), Special Exhibition Gallery 1E
7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Organized by The National Art Center, Tokyo; Wien Museum; The Yomiuri Shimbun
With the support of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan; Austria Embassy Tokyo/ Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo; City of Vienna; Vienna Tourist Board
With the special sponsorship of Canon Inc.
With the sponsorship of Kao Corporation; Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd.
With the cooperation of ANA; DNP Art Communications Co., Ltd.; YAMATO GLOBAL LOGISTICS JAPAN CO.,LTD.; Lufthansa Cargo AG
This exhibition is covered by the Japanese Act on the Indemnification of Damage to Works of Art in Exhibitions (Act No.17 of 2011)


Admission(tax included)
General 1,600 yen (Adults), 1,200 yen (College students), 800 yen (High school students)
Advance/Group 1,400 yen (Adults), 1,000 yen (College students), 600 yen (High school students)
  • Visitors who are junior high school students or younger will be admitted for free.
  • Disabled persons (along with the one assistant) will be admitted for free upon presenting the Disabled Person’s Booklet or an equivalent form of government-issued ID.
  • Free entrance to the exhibition for high school students from June 12 (Wed.) to June 24 (Mon.), 2019, upon presenting student ID.
  • Advance tickets on sale from January 11 (Fri.) - April 23 (Tue.), 2019 (sold at the National Art Center, Tokyo only until April 22 (Mon.), 2019).
  • Tickets, both Advance and General, are available through the National Art Center, Tokyo (open days only), the exhibition website (ONLINE TICKETS), and other major ticket agencies. Service charges may apply. (These services are only available in Japanese.)
  • Group tickets (for groups of a minimum of 20 people) can only be purchased at the National Art Center, Tokyo.
  • Reduction (100 yen off) applies to visitors who present the ticket stub of a concurrent exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo; Suntory Museum of Art; or Mori Art Museum (Art Triangle Roppongi).
  • Students, faculty and staff, of “Campus Members”, can apply for group discounts.
  • Credit card (UC, Master Card, VISA, JCB, AMEX, Diners Club, DISCOVER) , e-cash (Suica, PASMO, ICOCA, etc.), iD, J-Debit and Union Pay are available for purchasing tickets.
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