The Archdiocese of Vienna is giving the Dom Museum Wien a facelift. After the construction period, it will reopen as an architecturally and conceptually redesigned museum at the crossroads of art, religion, and society – very much in the sense of Monsignor Mauer. Converted to designs by Boris Podrecca, the building will comprise an open entrance area at Stephansplatz no. 6 where the cimelia of the cathedral treasury, classic avant-garde art from the Otto Mauer Collection, and contemporary artistic positions will enter into an inspiring dialog.
With its permanent presentations, special exhibitions, and discourse-related events, the museum will continue the tradition initiated by Monsignor Otto Mauer by casting a contemporary eye on the history and rich traditions of sacred art, while also stepping up as a sponsor of vanguard contemporary art. Aside from intercultural and inter-faith issues, special emphasis will be given to sociopolitical and existential themes that have always stood at the core of the Christian religion: birth death, identity, migration, exclusion, poverty, violence, etc. A central focus will also be on the artistic use of media and materials (textiles, wax, etc.), the relationship between linguistic and visual expression, as well as a broad range of artistic uses of form.
We extend our thanks to all our employees, sponsors, and visitors for their commitment to and interest in past exhibitions at the Dom Museum Wien and look forward to a lively exchange with them at our new museum.
During the musuem's closure & construction period, highlights of the cathedral treasury are on display at the temporary exhibition The Treasure of St. Stephen’s Cathedral returns
on the western gallery (Westempore) of St. Stephen's Cathedral.
Portrait of Duke Rudolf IV
Presumably Prague Court
Workshops, c. 1360
Self-Portrait as Rembrandt II
Arnulf Rainer, 1969/70