Vienna on the Path to Modernism

The National Art Center, Tokyo

poster for Vienna on the Path to Modernism
[Image: Egon Schiele, "Self-portrait" (1911) Oil on wood, 27.5 x 34cm Wien Museum, ©Wien Museum/Foto Peter Kainz]

Ends in 15 days

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 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 that 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.



from April 24, 2019 to August 05, 2019


Adults ¥1600, University Students ¥1200, High School Students ¥800

Venue Hours

From 10:00 To 18:00
fridays closing at 21:00, saturdays closing at 21:00
Closed on Tuesdays
Note:On a Public Holiday Tuesday, the museum is open, but closed on the following Wednesday.


Address: 7-22-2 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-8558
Phone: 03-5777-8600

Direct access from exit 6 at Nogizaka station on the Chiyoda line, 4 minute walk from exit 4a at Roppongi station on the Hibiya line. 4 minute walk from exit 7 at Roppongi station on the Toei Oedo line.

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