After advancing into Austria in the late thirteenth century, the Habsburgs increased in power and established an extensive empire with Austria as their base. The House of Habsburg monopolized the sovereignty of Holy Roman Emperor from the fifteenth century onwards. When they branched into the Austrian and Spanish lineages in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, the latter acquired territory in Asia, Africa, and America, truly realizing “an empire on which the sun never set.” Following the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire triggered by the Napoleonic Wars, the Habsburgs then governed the succeeding Austrian Empire (which was reorganized as the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy in 1867 and lasted until 1918). Having continued to rule over extensive territories and diverse races over several centuries, the House of Habsburg could indeed be regarded the most distinguished family in Europe.
Making the most of their wealth and networks, the Habsburgs are also
known for having established some of the world’s leading collections, both quality and quantity-wise. Among them, the major items collected by the mainstream House of Habsburg continuously based in Austria formed the base of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien founded in 1891 under the auspices of Francis Joseph I, the “last emperor” of the Austro-Hungarian Dual Monarchy. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Austria and Japan, with the cooperation of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, this exhibition introduces the collection through altogether 100 paintings, prints, works of art, tapestries, and armor in five chaptersseven sections. While presenting highly individual members of the House of Habsburg and the court life in those days, we shall also bring characteristics of the collecting in each period and how this collection was viewed to the fore. We hope you will enjoy the magnificent collection only a monarchy that reigned over the center of Europe for several centuries could have assembled.
- The National Museum of Western Art (Ueno Park, Tokyo)
7-7 Ueno-Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
1 minute from Park Exit (Koen-guchi) of JR Ueno Station
7 minutes from Keisei Ueno Station of Keisei Line
8 minutes from Ueno Station of Tokyo Metro Ginza Line or Hibiya Line
*There are no parking facilities at the museum.
- [Exhibition Period]
- Saturday, October 19 – Sunday, January 26, 2020
- [Opening Hours]
- 9:30-17:30 (until 20:00 on Fridays, Saturdays)（Saturday, November 30 until 17:30）
*Final admission 30 minutes before closing
- Mondays, November 5, December 28,29,30,31 and January 1,14, 2020
(Open on the Mondays of November 4, 2019 January 13, 2020)
- General 1,700 (1,400) / College students 1,100 (1,000) / High school students 700 (600) /
*( ) for advance and groups of 20 or more discount tickets
*Admission free for junior high school students and under.
- [Organized by]
- The National Museum of Western Art, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, TBS, The Asahi Shimbun
- [Co-Organized by]
- Nikkei Inc.
- [With the support of]
- Embassy of Austria in Japan, Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo, BS-TBS
- [With the special sponsorship of]
- DAIWA HOUSE INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
- [With the sponsorship of]
- MITSUI & CO., LTD., Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Mizuho Bank, Ltd., BIC CAMERA INC.
- [With the special cooperation of]
- PIA Corporation, TBS Radio
- [With the cooperation of]
- All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., Lufthansa Cargo AG, The Western Art Foundation
- [Telephone Inquiry]
- TEL：03-5777-8600（Hello dial）