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Admired … desired …

Theatre cult and passionate collectorship

8 September 2021 until 18 April 2022

The Theatermuseum’s exceptional collection of artists’ souvenirs was born of a love of the theatre and the stars of the stage, combined with a passion for collecting. It comprises walking sticks, combs and hair pins, porcelain figures, busts and mementos from theatre buildings – objects that reflect the private and public lives of celebrated stars of the stage. Together they tell a very special story of theatre life in Vienna in the nineteenth and twentieth century. In addition to their emotional importance, anecdotes connected with artists and the buildings in which thespian history was made on many an evening, imbue these objects with exceptional cultural and socio-historical value.
The exhibition offers visitors a fascinating stroll through the memories of theatre lovers, and reflects their delight in magnificent, whimsical or simple souvenirs from the world of the theatre.

A diverse event programme will accompany the presentation. Please refer to our calendar.

Trailer zur Ausstellung

Exhibition Podcast (in German only)

For the very first time the Theatermuseum produced a podcast accompanying an exhibition. Discover the anecdotes behind the objects in five episodes which will be released every two weeks. 

Release dates: 8 and 22 September, 6 and 20 October, 3 November 2021


Discover on Spotify the Playlist matching our Special Exhibition! It covers a broad spectrum of music genres. You will  encounter Souvenirs, Souvenirs by Bill Ramsey, The Death Is Not The End by Nick Cave & Friends, Only You by The Platters, Das Alles Kommt Mit by Element of Crime as well as Ich küsse Ihre Hand Madame interpreted by Max Raabe and many more… Music about passion, desire, admiration, love, remembrance and also the (in-)ability of letting go.




Exhibition Catalogue 2021
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