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"Connecting Museums: One of the First Manifestations of the Guggenheim-Hermitage-Kunsthistorisches Collaboration"
2002-06-18 until 2002-10-20
Guggenheim Museum
New York, NY, USA

The alliance established in 2001 between the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, The State Hermitage Museum, and the Kunsthistorisches Museum provides unprecedented opportunities for intra-museum collaboration, including exhibitions, loan programs, internet projects, scholarly research, publications, and educational outreach. The most significant aspect of this collaboration is the collection-sharing initiative that will make each institution’s respective holdings—which, combined, are among the greatest in the world—available to broader audiences.

Connecting Museums, one of the first manifestations of the Guggenheim-Hermitage-Kunsthistorisches collaboration, will be an ongoing series of focused exhibitions in which masterpieces from each collection are on view at the three partner institutions in New York, St. Petersburg, and Vienna. These exhibitions will present artworks that reflect each institution’s unique cultural identity: the Guggenheim holdings embody the vision of some of the 20th century’s most forward-thinking collectors of Modern and contemporary art; the Hermitage encompasses treasures amassed by the Russian royal family, including Catherine the Great; and the Kunsthistorisches comprises works collected by the Hapsburgs, the rulers of the long-lived Austro-Hungarian Empire.


In Connecting Museums, three signature artworks—one from each institution’s collection—will be presented at the Guggenheim, while exhibitions of the same format will take place simultaneously at the Hermitage and Kunsthistorisches museums. All works are oil on canvas.

On view at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Edouard Manet
Before the Mirror, 1876
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Thannhauser Collection, Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser

Harmensz van Rijn Rembrandt
Portrait of Baertje Martens, circa 1640
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Diego Velázquez
Infanta Margarita Teresa in a Pink Gown, 1654
Gemäldegalerie, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

On view at The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Oskar Kokoschka
Knight Errant, 1915
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Anthony Van Dyck
The Vision of the Blessed Hermann Joseph, 1630
Gemäldegalerie, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Anthony Van Dyck
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt (Madonna of the Partridges) early 1630s
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

On view at the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Max Ernst
Attirement of the Bride (La Toilette de la Mariée), 1940
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York
Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice

Jacopo Tintoretto
The Birth of Saint John the Baptist, 1554-55
State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg

Paolo Veronese and workshop
Esther and Ahasver, 1585/88
Gemäldegalerie, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna

Sponsor: This exhibition is sponsored by Deutsche Bank.

Publication: A brochure featuring all nine works with interpretive essays by curators from each institution will be published by the Guggenheim Museum in English, German, and Russian, and will be available at all three museums.

Edouard Manet
Before the Mirror, 1876
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York
Thannhauser Collection, Gift, Justin K. Thannhauser

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