Arnold Schoenberg and young Vienna

Café Griensteidl was a popular haunt of artists and intellectuals in 1890s Vienna. A young Schoenberg was among its patrons. The central figures frequenting the café came from the Jung-Wiener literary circle headed by Peter Altenberg, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Arthur Schnitzler and Felix Salten. Respected author Hermann Bahr acted as a mentor to the group. The exhibition looks at Schoenberg’s Jung-Wiener connections and his role as key figure in – and beyond – the world of music.

Fin-de-siècle Vienna was akin to an experimental laboratory for new constructions of identity: it stimulated the rapid growth of modernism in music as well as in painting, architecture, psychoanalysis, physics, physiology, and economic theory. The avant-garde movement known as Jung-Wien can be considered the collective nucleus of Viennese modernism, as the areas of the nerves, psyche, self, and dream were defined as their keywords.
Jung-Wien is an invention of the feuilleton, and was neither established officially nor shaped by a common program. When Hermann Bahr spoke of a “school of young, mostly Viennese literati”, this designation aimed more at a geographical anchoring rather than an ideological category. In the collective biography of Viennese modernism, Arnold Schönberg was “the most captivating, most difficult, most unsettling” person in an “environment that was, so to speak, supersaturated with electricity” (Richard Specht).
The exhibition of musical, literary, and artistic works in a setting of historical and biographical documents and furnishings traces the aura of one of the most important periods in Viennese cultural history from the perspective of Jung-Wiener musical composition. Starting from a Jung-Wiener gathering in the legendary Café Griensteidl, a cultural panorama will be sketched that crosses artistic boundaries and spans from the 1890s to the death of Gustav Mahler in May of 1911. Arnold Schönberg proved himself to be an actor in multiple fields: music, painting, literature, design, and engineering.

Current Dates

  • Mon. 28 May 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tue. 29 May 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wed. 30 May 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Fri. 01 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Mon. 04 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tue. 05 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wed. 06 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thu. 07 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Fri. 08 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Mon. 11 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
All dates

All Dates

June

  • Tue. 12 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wed. 13 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thu. 14 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Fri. 15 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Mon. 18 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tue. 19 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wed. 20 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thu. 21 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Fri. 22 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Sun. 24 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Mon. 25 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tue. 26 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Wed. 27 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Thu. 28 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Fri. 29 Jun 2018, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.