Liechtenstein Museum

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Liechtenstein Garden Palace
The sala terrena is the entrance area with frescoes by Johann Michael Rottmayr and a statue of the Madonna by Franz Xaver Messerschmidt.
Bernardo Bellotto-Canaletto, The Liechtenstein Garden Palace 1759

The art collection in Vienna's 9th district , Alsergrund , which was known as the Liechtenstein Museum until 2011 , has not been run as a museum since 2012, so the exhibition site is simply called the Liechtenstein Palace or Liechtenstein Garden Palace . The palace remains home to part of the private art collection of the Princely House of Liechtenstein , one of the largest private collections in the world.

Development since 2004

From 1805 to 1938 the private collection of the House of Liechtenstein could already be viewed in the palace; it was brought to Liechtenstein by Gustav Wilhelm at the beginning of 1945 after the annexation of Austria to the National Socialist German Empire . From March 29, 2004 to the beginning of 2012, the collection was presented as an art museum accessible at fixed opening times. On November 15, 2011, it was announced that regular museum operations would end in January 2012 because the number of visitors was very much below the original expectations (up to 300,000 visits per year expected, actually around 45,000). The museum has been closed since then. The focus was now placed on events and booked tours of the Princely Collections. These can be booked for groups as well as for individuals on the Palais website. The name Liechtenstein Museum is no longer used.

The Liechtenstein City Palace in the 1st district , which has been expanded into the museum's second pillar since 2009 and was originally due to open in autumn 2011, will also accommodate works of art from the Princely Collections from 2013, but, as announced in November 2011, like the Garden Palace are no longer referred to as a museum and do not offer regular museum operations.


The collection includes paintings and sculptures from four centuries, with the focus - in keeping with the ambience of the building - on the Baroque era , especially on the work of Peter Paul Rubens . The time frame goes from the Renaissance to the Biedermeier . The ground floor also has floats of Prince Johann Adam Andreas issued, with whom he in a diplomatic mission to Paris was traveling.

The collection is one of the largest and most valuable private art collections in the world. Like the palace, the collection is owned by the Prince Liechtenstein Foundation .

The Liechtenstein collections are published under the heading “The Princely Collection”. Its director is Johann Kräftner . The collections are part of the “Private Art Collections” network.



The garden palace was commissioned by Prince Johann Adam Andreas von Liechtenstein at the end of the 17th century . The architect and builder was Domenico Egidio Rossi ; the shell was completed around 1700. The painterly design comes from Marcantonio Franceschini, Antonio Bellucci , Andrea Pozzo and Johann Michael Rottmayr , among others . The sculptural decoration was done by Giovanni Giuliani , the plastering by Santino Bussi .


  • Johann Kräftner , Gottfried Knapp (ed.): Liechtenstein Museum. A house for the arts. The garden palace in Rossau. Prestel, Vienna 2004, ISBN 978-3-7913-3138-6 (German, English, Italian).
  • Johann Kräftner (Hrsg.): Liechtenstein Museum: The collections. Prestel, Vienna 2004, ISBN 978-3-7913-3142-3 .
  • Johann Kräftner (Hrsg.): Liechtenstein Museum: The Princely Collections. Prestel, Vienna 2004, ISBN 978-3-7913-3139-3 (German, English, Italian).
  • Isabel Kuhl: Who is laughing in the baroque? Prestel, Vienna 2004, ISBN 978-3-7913-3193-5 .
  • Rudolf H. Wackernagel: The golden chariot of Prince Joseph Wenzel of Liechtenstein. Exhibition of the Wagenburg in Schönbrunn with loans from the collections of the ruling Prince of Liechtenstein. Catalog. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna 1977, DNB 780553756 .
Exhibition catalogs
  • Johann Kräftner (ed.): Liechtenstein Museum: On golden ground. Brandstätter, Vienna 2009, ISBN 978-3-85033-283-5 .
  • Johann Kräftner (ed.): Liechtenstein Museum: The view into the distance. Landscape painting from the collections of the Prince von und zu Liechtenstein 15th to 19th centuries. Brandstätter, Vienna 2008, ISBN 978-3-85033-250-7 .
  • Johann Kräftner (Hrsg.): Liechtenstein Museum: Princely cooking. Culinary delights from Liechtenstein. Prestel, Vienna 2008, ISBN 978-3-7913-3340-3 .
  • Johann Kräftner (Hrsg.): Liechtenstein Museum: Oases of Silence. The large landscaped gardens of Central Europe. Brandstätter, Vienna 2008, ISBN 978-3-85033-231-6 .
  • Johann Kräftner (Ed.): Liechtenstein Museum: Giovanni Giuliani. 2 volumes. Prestel, Vienna 2006, ISBN 978-3-7913-3360-1 .
  • Johann Kräftner (Hrsg.): Liechtenstein Museum: horses, wagons, stables. Riding, driving and hunting on horseback in the House of Liechtenstein. Prestel, Vienna 2006, ISBN 978-3-7913-3739-5 .
  • Stephan Kemperdick: Liechtenstein Museum: The early portrait. From the collections of the Prince von und zu Liechtenstein and the Basel Art Museum. Prestel, Vienna 2006, ISBN 978-3-7913-3597-1
  • Johann Kräftner (Ed.): Liechtenstein Museum: The Badminton Cabinet. Commessi di pietre dure in the collections of the Prince von und zu Liechtenstein. Prestel, Vienna 2005, ISBN 978-3-7913-3503-2 .
  • Johann Kräftner. Veronika Kopecky (Ed.): Liechtenstein Museum: Baroque luxury porcelain. The Du Paquier manufactories in Vienna and Carlo Ginori in Florence. Prestel, Vienna 2005, ISBN 978-3-7913-3500-1 .
  • Johann Kräftner (ed.): Liechtenstein Museum: Biedermeier in the Lichtenstein house. Prestel, Vienna 2005, ISBN 978-3-7913-3496-7 .
  • Johann Kräftner (Hrsg.): Liechtenstein Museum: Unter dem Vesuv. Prestel, Vienna 2005, ISBN 978-3-7913-3787-6 .
  • Gustav Wilhelm, Johann Kräftner (ed.): Liechtenstein Museum: The way of the Liechtenstein gallery from Vienna to Vaduz. The way from Vienna to Vaduz in spring 1945. Prestel, Vienna 2005, ISBN 978-3-7913-3339-7 .
  • Johann Kräftner (Ed.): Liechtenstein Museum: Classicism and Biedermeier. Prestel, Vienna 2004, ISBN 978-3-7913-3145-4 .
  • Johann Kräftner, Veronika Kopecky (ed.): Liechtenstein Museum: Rubens' role model. Prestel, Vienna 2004, ISBN 978-3-7913-3342-7 .
  • Johann Kräftner (Ed.): Liechtenstein Museum: The Alt family of painters. Jakob, Rudolf and Franz Alt in the collection of the Raiffeisen-Zentralbank (on the occasion of the exhibition "The painter family Alt. Jakob, Rudolf and Franz Alt from the collection of the Raiffeisen-Zentralbank in the Liechtenstein Museum Vienna" June 29 to August 20, 2007) . Liechtenstein Museum, Vienna, ISBN 978-3-9502380-0-6 .
  • Reinhold Baumstark, Johann Kräftner, Herbert W. Rott: Viennese Biedermeier painting from the Liechtenstein collection. Cantz, Stuttgart 2009, ISBN 978-3-7757-2227-8 .
  • Samuel Wittwer: Refinement & Elegance. Early 19th century royal porcelain from a private American collection. Hirmer, Munich 2007, ISBN 978-3-7774-3465-0 .

Web links

Commons : Liechtenstein Museum  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Almuth Spiegler: Patrons today, or: Noblesse oblige. Die Presse , September 20, 2003, accessed on March 31, 2009 (German).

Coordinates: 48 ° 13 ′ 21 ″  N , 16 ° 21 ′ 34 ″  E