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Abstract painting of a face in brown tones, eyes are highlighted in red outline
© Arnold Schönberg Blick, 1910 Öl auf Pappe / Catalogue raisonné 61 Belmont Music Publishers, Pacific Palisades, CA
Abstract painting of a face in brown tones, eyes are highlighted in red outline

Gazing into the Soul with Schönberg

“In our soul there lies the power of longing with creative intensity.”
(Arnold Schönberg, Human Rights, 1947)

Among Viennese contemporaries who were conducting interdisciplinary research into states of the soul around the year 1900, Arnold Schönberg focused his artistic activities on the exploration of new forms of expression and also on resonances from the inside of the subject. The composer defined his creative work as an interplay of conscious logic, intuitive sense of form and unconscious sentiments, as a trial of strength between construction and the illumination of inner processes.

The soul experiences aesthetic transformations in Schönberg’s music, painting and writings. In the exhibition, music manuscripts, paintings and drawings, letters and photographs form a circuit of exhibit items that indicate the ensouled nature of the artistic and intellectual world of this versatile creator.

How do the emanations of the soul sound in the mind of the composer? Using digitally animated scores, and therefore with synchronous tracking of image and sound, items from the archives come to life in the exhibition. The written immaterial imagery is unveiled in music, or quite generally the density of interpretation in musical notation is revealed in a visualization of unnameable sound concepts. Inner and outer world come together in sound.


Arnold Schönberg Center

Zaunergasse 1-3
1030 Wien

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Current Dates

  • Fri. 20 May 2022
  • Sat. 21 May 2022
  • Sun. 22 May 2022
  • Mon. 23 May 2022
  • Tue. 24 May 2022
  • Wed. 25 May 2022
  • Thu. 26 May 2022
  • Fri. 27 May 2022
  • Sat. 28 May 2022