The Eternal Emperor. Franz Joseph I. 1830–1916
The Austrian National Library is devoting a major exhibition to Franz Joseph I in 2016. Entitled The Eternal Emperor, it focuses on the ruler as a public figure: he was one of the most frequently pictured individuals of the 19th century, with each jubilee and his 80th birthday in particular triggering a flurry of production activity. His seemingly timeless image appeared everywhere and was the sole unifying symbol of an otherwise crumbling Habsburg Empire.
Today there are more than 10,000 photographs, graphics and other documents from Franz Joseph’s lifetime in the Austrian National Library archives. The exhibits on show in the State Hall represent the very best of this extensive collection. They will be joined by the original suicide letters left behind by Mary Vetsera in Mayerling and an envelope closed with Crown Prince Rudolf’s seal – the first time the letters have gone on display in public since their sensational discovery earlier this year.
- Sun. 23 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Tue. 25 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Wed. 26 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Thu. 27 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
- Fri. 28 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Sat. 29 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Sun. 30 Oct 2016, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Tue. 01 Nov 2016, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Wed. 02 Nov 2016, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Thu. 03 Nov 2016, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.