Come and explore the Hofmobiliendepot ● Imperial Furniture Collection, host to the part of the major Maria Theresa exhibition that examines the themes of Family and Legacy. Bring all the family, discover Maria Theresa’s policy towards her own family, and learn more about the monarch and her sixteen children. In addition to Maria Theresa’s dynastic marriage policy, the exhibition at the Hofmobiliendepot ● Imperial Furniture Collection also explores the empress’s shrewd use of images to legitimate her rule. A further focus of the exhibition will be on the impressive legacy of ‘Maria Theresian’ Rococo, featuring outstanding exhibits relating to Schönbrunn Palace, a project that occupied her for most of her adult life.
• her legendary status as ‘Mother of the Nation’
• the use of images to legitimate her rule
• Maria Theresa’s policy towards her family
• Maria Theresian Rococo as manifested at Schönbrunn
Under the title Family and Legacy, the temporary exhibition at the Hofmobiliendepot ● Imperial Furniture Collection explores the themes of Maria Theresian Rococo as manifested at Schönbrunn Palace, her marriage policy, strategic use of images, and her mythic significance as ‘Mother of the Nation’.
With around 6,500 objects currently on display, the Hofmobiliendepot Imperial Furniture Collection is the world’s most unusual furniture museum. In 2017, to mark the third centenary of the birth of Maria Theresa, it will play host to part of a major exhibition on the monarch, who played a key role in founding the Hofmobiliendepot (Court Repository of Movables). In 1747 Maria Theresa appointed the first Court Inspector of Movables, who was tasked with inventorying, caring for and maintaining the furnishings in court ownership. Originally located at Schönbrunn, the repository was moved to its current site on Andreasgasse in Vienna’s 7th Municipal District at the beginning of the twentieth century. Now in state ownership, the furniture documents three centuries of interior design in displays that are a deliberate mixture of repository and state-of-the-art museum.
At the beginning of the exhibition we encounter Maria Theresa as a widow.
This first section examines the legendary status of the monarch, focusing on the many monuments to her in literary, musical and sculptural form. During the course of the nineteenth century and after 1945 Maria Theresa played a decisive role in Austria’s search for identity as a nation.
The prolific production of images in the second half of the eighteenth century had the additional role of underscoring central claims and functions of Habsburg rule. The second section of the exhibition focuses on important stages in Maria Theresa’s strategic use of images, such as her coronations as queen in Hungary (1741) and Bohemia (1743). Exhibits in this section also include contemporary cartoons in which Maria Theresa becomes the target of anti-Habsburg propaganda.
Maria Theresa gave birth to sixteen children, of whom ten reached maturity. Her fecundity was doubtless the result of her very happy marriage to Franz I Stephan. As a stateswoman she ruled before, during and after her pregnancies with iron self-discipline. Her children’s upbringing was supervised by tutors and governesses on the basis of meticulously detailed instructions. All the children except Maria Christina were married off for reasons of political expediency. They suffered various fates, all of which are explored in the exhibition.
As far as Maria Theresa as a connoisseur of art is concerned, the palace at Schönbrunn (https://www.schoenbrunn.at/) is probably the most impressive legacy of the Rococo age during her reign. The remodelling, interior decoration and gardens of her summer residence are documented among other exhibits with outstanding objects from the piano nobile of the palace.
(including audio guide)
|Children aged 6–18, Vienna-Card||€ 6.00|
from 10 persons
student (ages 19-25), Senior Citizens 60+
save money by buying a single ticket for all four venues
|Children aged 6-18||€ 16.00|
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