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John Murphy, History Tales. Fact and Fiction in History Painting, Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien

John Murphy, The Konrad Serie, Etching on offset and serigraphy, 85 x 101 cm,

John Murphy participe à l’exposition History Tales. Fact and Fiction in History Painting à l’Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien 

In autumn 2023, the exhibition History Tales. Fact and Fiction in History Painting will focus on the representation of history with respect to narratives governing national identities. How is the rise and fall of civilizations presented historically? How has human hubris been allegorized in history paintings since the 17th century? And what have been the changes in depictions of myths, heroes and heroines, rulers male and female, and decisive historical events up to the present day – in the light of technological change and the invention of photography and film?

The exhibition examines the history painting with a view to the historical Art Collections – Paintings Gallery, Graphic Collection, Plaster Cast Collection – on the one hand and works by contemporary artists on the other. In so doing, it will shed light on the capacity of the history painting and its variations in the media age to oscillate iridescently between fact and fiction and its potential for focusing on historicity as an artistic theme in its own right.

Venue: Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, Paintings Gallery, Schillerplatz 3, 1010 Vienna.

27.9.2023–26.5.2024  Daily except Monday, 10–18 h

More information about the content of the exhibition can be found in the > Press Release pdf