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[Special Exhibition]
150 Years Friendship Austria-Japan
The Habsburg Dynasty : 600 Years of Imperial Collections

Saturday, 19 October 2019 – Sunday, 26 January 2020
9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fridays, Saturdays 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
30 November 2019 9:30 am – 5:30 pm
Admission ends 30 mins. before closing time
Mondays except 4 November 2019 and 13 January 2020.
Closed on 5 November, 28 December 2019 – 1 January 2020, 14 January.
Organized by:
The National Museum of Western Art,
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien,
The Asahi Shimbun
Co-Organized by:
Nikkei Inc.
With the support of:
Embassy of Austria in Japan,
Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo,
With the special sponsorship of:
With the sponsorship of:
Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd,
Mizuho Bank, Ltd,
With the special cooperation of:
PIA Corporation,
TBS Radio
With the cooperation of:
All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd.,
Lufthansa Cargo AG,
The Western Art Foundation
Admission Fees:
Adults 1,700 yen, College students 1,100 yen, High school students 700 yen
Advance purchase/Discount fees for groups of 20 or more:
Adults 1,400 yen, College students 1,000yen, High school students 600 yen
Advance purchase tickets will be on sale from Saturday 10 August 2019 to Friday 18 October 2019. At the museum ticket office, advance ticket will be available until Thursday 17 October 2019.
Full admission fees apply from Saturday 19 October 2019.
Junior high school and younger children admitted free of charge.
Disabled visitors admitted free of charge with one attendant. Please present your disability identification upon arrival.
Number of visitors:

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After advancing into Austria in the late thirteenth century, the Habsburgs increased in power and established an extensive empire with Austria as their base. The House of Habsburg monopolized the sovereignty of Holy Roman Emperor from the fifteenth century onwards. When they branched into the Austrian and Spanish lineages in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the latter acquired territory in Asia, Africa, and America, truly realizing “an empire on which the sun never set.” Following the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire triggered by the Napoleonic Wars, the Habsburgs then governed the succeeding Austrian Empire (which was reorganized as the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy in 1867 and lasted until 1918). Having continued to rule over extensive territories and diverse races over several centuries, the House of Habsburg could indeed be regarded the most distinguished family in Europe.

Making the most of their wealth and networks, the Habsburgs are also known for having established some of the world’s leading collections, both quality and quantity-wise. Among them, the major items collected by the mainstream House of Habsburg continuously based in Austria formed the base of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien founded in 1891 under the auspices of Francis Joseph I, the “last emperor” of the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Austria and Japan, with the cooperation of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, this exhibition introduces the collection through altogether 100 paintings, prints, works of art, tapestries, and armor in five chapters-seven sections. While presenting highly individual members of the House of Habsburg and the court life in those days, we shall also bring characteristics of the collecting in each period and how this collection was viewed to the fore. We hope you will enjoy the magnificent collection only a monarchy that reigned over the center of Europe for several centuries could have assembled.

Lectures and Slide Talks will be also held at the museum. Please visit each page for details.

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