Strategist – Mother – Reformer
A major new exhibition marking the third centenary of the birth of Maria Theresa explores the life and work of this monarch and empress-consort. The Maria Theresa exhibition will be taking place from 15 March to 29 November 2017 at four locations in Vienna and Lower Austria. One of the outstanding personalities from the House of Habsburg, she assumed an almost mythical status a short time after her death in 1780. The exhibition Maria Theresa: Strategist – Mother – Reformer presents a nuanced exploration of the bright and dark sides of the ruler, examining her life, family, political achievements and legacy.
History with original objects at original locations
What makes this temporary exhibition a very special experience is that it is taking place at more than one location as a cooperative project between Schloss Schönbrunn Kultur- und Betriebsges.m.b.H (SKB) and the Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) in Vienna. Dr Franz Sattlecker, managing director of the SKB, explains: ‘Thanks to the cooperation with the KHM-Museumsverband, this exhibition has two major strengths. We are presenting history through original objects at original locations while at the same time illuminating all the different facets of this fascinating European personality.’