Female artists in Vienna had a very difficult time of it before 1938. It is therefore all the more surprising how many women managed to succeed in this métier. A large number of them came from assimilated Jewish families. Painters like Tina Blau, Broncia Koller, Marie Louise von Motesiczky, or ceramic artists Vally Wieselthier and Susi Singer have established a place for themselves in the history of art. An exhibition with lots of new discoveries.
Jewish musicians have stamped their influence on all aspects of the music business in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and have made a significant contribution to entertainment culture. “Stars of David” looks at the various genres and exponents and traces the history back to the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where the roots of this (musical) story are to be found.
The exhibition “Roads to Leisure” looks at the most interesting entertainment venues, at the audiences, censorship, and the press. The stars of the urban scene, like Heinrich Eisenbach, Abisch Meisels, Gisela Werbezirk, Gertrud Kraus, and Hans Moser, also make their appearance.
The pictures by the Austrian photographer Erich Lessing are world-famous. His legendary photo of Leopold Figl and the Allied foreign ministers on the balcony of the Belvedere at the signing of the Austrian State Treaty has become an icon of the new Austria. Lessing experienced the persecution and deportation of his family from Vienna. He himself managed to flee to Palestine and was able to make a career of his youthful hobby.