April 20, 2017 - February 12, 2018
The collection of models in the Theatermuseum numbers almost 1,000 objects and is one of the most outstanding special collections of its kind. The models bring to light the secrets of theatrical transformation and take visitors to the historical epochs in which the dramas play out.
In the exhibition seven themed islands – from Antiquity, the Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque to Romantic, Revolution and Contemporary – represent distinctive examples of how historical epochs and scenes were perceived, imagined and designed by prevailing stage designers. The stage is magical, it creates the illusion of time and space. However, appearances can be deceiving: The different models suggest that our perception of the epochs is flexible – in its fiction, even contradictory.
The exhibition is curated by Ulrike Dembski and Rudi Risatti and designed by vana-architekten.
More stage models of the The Magic Space are presented as "satellites" in the interval foyers of the Wiener Staatsoper, Burgtheater, Theater an der Wien and in the collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna. The selected models were created for productions of these theatres and correspond with the collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities respectively.
Photo: Stage design modedel by Bernhard Hammer for Malakut by Nader Mashayekhi, 1997
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Malakut by Nader Mashayekhi, stage set design by Bernhard Hammer, Museumsquartier, Vienna 1997Image
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, stage set design by František Troester, National Theatre Prague, 1936 Image
The Enchanted Flute by W. A. Mozart, stage set design by Josef Hoffmann, Hofoper, Vienna 1869Image
Notre Dame by Franz Schmidt, stage set design by Heinz Bruno Gallée, Landestheater Linz, 1959Image
Phaedra by Jean Racine, stage set design by Aleksander Vesnin, Kamerny Theatre, Moscow, 1925Image
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Cats by Andrew L. Webber, stage set design by John Napier, Theater an der Wien, Vienna 1983Image
Caesar and Cleopatra by G. B. Shaw, stage set design by Remigius Geyling, Hofburgtheater, Vienna 1912Image
The African by G. Meyerbeer, stage set design by Theodor Jachimowicz, k.k. Hof-Operntheater, Vienna 1866Image
Franziska by Frank Wedekind, stage set design by Karlheinz Martin, Raimundtheater, Vienna 1924Image
Eternal Alphabet by Beatrice Ferolli, stage set design by Gottfried Neumann-Spallart, Kleines Theater im Konzerthaus, Vienna 1960Image
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, stage set design by Max Reinhardt and Karl Walser, Neues Theater, Berlin 1905Image
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