Weltmuseum Wien

It’s all about people.

Just as in many other ethnographic museums all around the world, it is necessary for the Weltmuseum Wien to take a critical look into its own past in order to shape its future. In the course of the last few centuries, some of what can today be admired in our exhibitions was collected under somewhat questionable circumstances. It is, therefore, all the more important for us to have an open dialogue, are self-critical and see ourselves as a forum in which as many voices as possible should be heard.
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Weltmuseum Wien presents the most extensive exhibition of modern and contemporary art from Nepal to date. The works on display range from outstanding representatives of the 1950s through to today’s nascent scene of vibrant new artists. As well contributing to an effective resituating of the West’s status within an international context, these works also offer insights into how the local, the national and the global interplay.

On the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Navigation concluded between the two monarchies Japan and Austria-Hungary in 1869, Weltmuseum Wien will feature a new exhibition from the collection of the daimyō family Hosokawa opening in April 2019. The members of this elite clan of samurai warriors had served the shogun since the Muromachi period (1333–1568). The generals of the Hosokawa family not only went into battle for their shoguns but also assisted in the field of administration as military governors. Starting the Edo period (1600–1868), the family was based in the Kumamoto domain.

At the invitation of the Weltmuseum Wien, the MuKul, the (fictitious) Museum for Foreign and Familiar Cultures is presenting an exhibition of works by artist Lisl Ponger. Visitors are invited to take part in an exploratory journey that starts out from six large-scale, staged photographs in light boxes and a 2-channel installation with the title The Master Narrative und Don Durito which lasts a full museum day.