Lange Nacht der Museen 2011 © Leopold Museum, Lichttapete

  • Waltraut Cooper © Leopold Museum / Julia Spicker
  • egon's (blue) sex box © Bernadette Huber

Long Night of Museums

Celebrate our tenth anniversary at the Leopold Museum on the occasion of the Long Night of Museums. On 1 October from 6 pm on the museum invites all its visitors to its jubilee exhibition „Melancholy and Provocation. The Egon Schiele Project”.
What would better suit the Leopold Museum which houses the world’s biggest and most substantial Schiele collection than an exhibition on the art rebel Egon Schiele (1890-1918). The showing „Melancholy and Provocation. The Egon Schiele Project“ concentrates on the early, radically expressionist years of the artist. One can see works, that have been exhibited exactly one hundred years ago in 1911 at the Miethke Gallery („Self-Seer“, „Lyricist“), the scandalous paintings “Cardinal and Nun” or the “Yellow Nude”. The so moving paintings “Sinking Sun”, “Self-Portrait with Physalis” or famous “Wally”. Six contemporary artists – Claudia Bosse and Elke Krystufek, Günter Brus, Philipp Gehmacher, Franz Graf and Rudolf Schwarzkogler – get into a dialogue with Schiele’s works.

Learn more on the exhibition „Melancholy and Provocation

The exhibition „Magic of the Objects“ – which has been extended due to its huge success – shows around 200 works of contemporary and historic photographs stemming from the Sputnik holdings, the collections by Andra Spallart and Fritz Simak, among others by Ansel Adams, Robert F. Hammerstiel, Nikolaus Korab, Edward Weston and many others.

Learn more on the exhibition “Magic of the Object
Especially for the Long Night of Museums, Bernadette Huber (*1962) installs her video work egon´s blue sex box. The 6 minute projection was designed for her exhibition at the Schiele Art Centrum in Český Krumlov (Czech Republic) and can be seen for the first time in Vienna.
She presents an animation of red and black Schiele figures in a „blue box“. The material was cut by hand, laid down piece after piece and photographed. Out of 11,000 photographs that were strung together, edited and built into a video sequence on the computer, a flip book is created. Bernadette Huber on her work: „The video shows small stories and scenes - Egon´s blue box becomes a sex box and plays on topics like eroticism, sex and role models.“
Bernadette Huber was born in Linz and lives and works in Steyr. For her works she uses different types of media (video, photograph, installation, web-projects, public art) and interconnects them. Besides her exhibitions (recently at Lentos, Festival der Regionen among others) she participated at prestigious film and video festivals (Diagonale, Graz, European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück among others).

One very special highlight during the Long Night of Museums at the Leopold Museum is the light installation by Waltraut Cooper on the facade of the building: the „Éclairs Léopold“. All along the façade of the Museum, blue cascades of light pour into the slot windows. Cooper: „Flash lights coming out of nowhere, out of the depth of space just as if Rudolf Leopold would hurl them out of other spheres at his Museum, silhouette its contours and let flare his enthusiasm for art, for beauty and his obsessive collector’s passion over and over again..“
The light and media artist Waltraut Cooper (*1937 in Linz) studied mathematics, theoretical physics and art in Vienna, Paris, Santa Barbara (California), Lisbon and Frankfurt. She was a participant at the Biennale Venice 1986 / Art and Science and Arte Laguna / Biennale Venice 1995. Her works were presented in Vienna, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, Boston and New York among others.

The fantastic facade projections onto the Leopold Museum during the Long Night of Museums with Egon Schiele in the limelight were realized by the Vienna based visual artist collective Lichttapete.

Long Nights of Museums
6 pm – 1 am

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