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(Un)Pleasant Journey. The Life of Stefan Edlis after HIM

Two photos placed next to each other, the young Stefan Edlis on the left and the older Mr. Edlis on the right
© Foto: Familienbesitz Edlis / Fuhrer Wien, Jüdisches Museum Wien
Two photos placed next to each other, the young Stefan Edlis on the left and the older Mr. Edlis on the right

The exhibition tells the eventful life story of Stefan Edlis, who had to flee Vienna with his mother and siblings at the age of sixteen and in the following decades became one of the most important international collectors of contemporary art in the USA.

Having gained wealth through his company Apollo Plastics, which he founded in 1965, he and his wife Gael Neeson built up a spectacular collection that did not shy away from provocative works of art. In the 2019 film The Price of Everything, Edlis recounts his dramatic flight to the United States in connection with Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s sculpture HIM – a kneeling figure of Hitler.
A publication accompanying the exhibition recalls Stefan Edlis’s moving life, which he always faced with unshakable optimism and humor, be it as a newcomer to New York, as a soldier in the US Army in Iwo Jima, as a dancer, racing driver, innovative entrepreneur or a major philanthropist. With the support of Gael Neeson, HIM will be presented in Austria for the first time as a highlight of the exhibition.

Current Dates

  • Wed. 28 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Thu. 29 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Fri. 30 Sep 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Sun. 02 Oct 2022, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.