Gottfried Helnwein

Reality and Fiction

Until 11 February 2024

To celebrate the 75th birthday of Gottfried Helnwein, the ALBERTINA Museum is showing a large-scale exhibition of his output from the past three decades. The Vienna-born artist Gottfried Helnwein’s oeuvre is characterized by his interest in the themes of pain, injury, and violence. A central motif of his is the figure of the vulnerable and defenseless child as a proxy of sorts, one that embodies all psychological and societal anxieties.

His hyperrealistic paintings, always created with reference to a photographic model, are impressive for their technical perfection. To this day, Helnwein is viewed as a provocateur—having used his work to engage in social criticism from the very beginning: “My work has really always been an attempt to come to terms with or react to that which affects me.”

On view at the ALBERTINA museum from 25 October 2023 until 11 February 2024.

Image Gallery – 8 Images
Gottfried Helnwein | Pink Mouse 2, 2016 | ALBERTINA, Wien © Gottfried Helnwein | Bildrecht Wien, 2024
Gottfried Helnwein | Pink Mouse 2, 2016 | ALBERTINA, Wien © Gottfried Helnwein | Bildrecht Wien, 2024


Public guided tours (in German)
Learn about highlights and backgrounds of the exhibition in a one-hour guided tour of the exhibition.
Dates & tickets

For private or school tours, please contact our Art Education Department on weekdays between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm at +43 1 534 83 540 or .

In der Ausstellung | Fotos © Robert Bodnar – 4 Images


Opening hours The ALBERTINA Museum, Vienna
Daily | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday | 10 am to 9 pm

Tickets are available on site at the ticket desks during museum opening hours or in our webshop. The ticket is valid for all exhibitions of the museum that are accessible on the day of your visit.


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Gottfried Helnwein
Hrsg: Elsy Lahner, Klaus Albrecht Schröder
Deutsch / Englisch
152 Seiten 
28,5 x 24,5 cm, Hardcover
EUR 29,90

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