As part of the 2013–15 Austro-Russian Cultural Season and to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the commencement of diplomatic ties between the USSR/Russia and Austria and the 525th anniversary of the first diplomatic contacts between Moscow and Vienna the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is hosting a major exhibition showcasing the seminal work of the foremost Russian jeweller and goldsmith at the turn of the 20th century: Peter Carl Fabergé (1846–1920).
The name Fabergé conjures up exceptional creations, virtuoso craftsmanship that combines outstanding artistic and technical skill with the finest materials. This is particularly true of the work produced by Peter Carl Fabergé following his appointment as court jeweller to the last Russian Tsar in 1885. Under him the House of Fabergé grew into one of the largest contemporary jewellery companies, at times employing over five hundred goldsmiths, stone cutters and jewellers from different countries. The company worked for the imperial Russian court and other European dynasties, for the nobility, plutocrats and financial magnates, but they also produced less exalted work designed for the Russian bourgeoisie.
Over 160 loans from the Kremlin Museums and the Fersman Mineralogical Museum in Moscow showcase Fabergé’s virtuosity, placing him in the context of contemporary Russian goldsmith work; another focus is the role of the imperial family. Four Imperial Easter eggs form the centre of the show – precious objets d’art commissioned by the Imperial family that frequently contain a world en miniature, a microcosm. Other artefacts that once belonged to members of the House of Romanov, treasured possessions that stayed with them until their final days, offer fascinating insights into life, both private and ceremonial, at the imperial court. (for complete information on the exhibition, please visit the official KHM website)
Please note that the museum is open longer on Thursdays /10 a.m. – 9 p.m)
Admission till half an hour before closing time.