Phantastenmuseum

With over 100 museums in Vienna, visitors will definitely be able to explore different facets and genres of art. One of them is the School of Fantastic Realism which was a movement that started in Vienna in 1946. The genre followed Surrealism but it was a combination of techniques of Old Masters and the use of religious and esoteric symbolism that set it apart. The movement was founded at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts, all students of Professor Albert Paris von Gutersloh. This influential group of artists went on to produce an impressive array of artwork which are now on display at the Phantastenmuseum in Palais Palffy in Josephsplatz. The Museum of Fantastic Realism is home to over 150 works of art by about 120 fantastic realism artists spanning the period from post-World War II to the present day. It opened in January 2011, the result of a collaboration between the Austrian Cultural Center and Gerhard Habarta. Works of renowned Fantastic Realist masters such as Ernst Fuchs, Wolfgang Hutter, Fritz Janschka, Arik Brauer, Rudolf Hausner are on permanent display in the three-storey museum. Moreover, there are rooms that are also showcasing artwork by international fantasy artists from the USA, Australia, Japan and other parts of Europe. The first floor is dedicated to changing exhibitions while the upper floor is designated for the permanent collections. There is also a library, an International Fantastic Artist archive, a gift shop and a coffeeshop. The museum is open daily from 10 am to 6 pm.

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