On several occasions during the last few years, the Wien Museum has dedicated exhibitions to “Viennese” places outside the city, including Lake Neusiedl, the “sea of the Viennese” and the once-fashionable lido on the Danube at Kritzendorf. Now the journey continues – along the Southern Railway line to the Adriatic where the “Austrian Riviera” was developed for tourism in the 19th century. The region’s first boom period lasted no longer than some 25 years, from 1890 to 1914. Its centres were Opatija (then Abbazia), Trieste and Grado, but also more southern coastal cities such as Split (Spalato) and Dubrovnik (Ragusa). Different types of tourism were developed for different destinations: While the initial focus was almost exclusively on medical cures at health resorts, later years brought family holidaymakers and travellers keen on exploring regional culture and history.
The exhibition is designed as a round trip, with regions coming into view as they rise to prominence in the development of tourism along the Adriatic. The 450 items on show include hitherto unpublished photographs from Istria and Dalmatia around 1900 and objects from the holdings of the Wien Museum which are on display for the first time. Tableware and furnishings from hotels, contemporary tourist advertising and works of art by Egon Schiele, Rudolf von Alt and Albin Egger-Lienz, among others, illustrate the exhibition themes. Moreover, many objects were provided on loan by museums in the region (Trieste, Rijeka, Split, Opatija and others)… For full text, please visit museum’s official website