Lentos Kunstmuseum, Linz
The Lentos Kunstmuseum is a museum of modern and contemporary art opened in 2003 in the city of Linz, northern Austria.
The museum is housed in a 130-meter / 236-foot long bridge-like building overlooking the Danube River.
Designed by Swiss architectural office Weber Hofer Partner, the 10,200-square-meter / 111,000-square-foot building of the Lentos Kunstmuseum is clad with translucent glass panels (the translucent effect was is obtained by printing on the glass the text “lentos kunstmuseum” thousands of times). At night, the color of the translucent facades changes constantly, illuminated by a number of RGB LED lamps. On three levels (one of which underground), the building contains exhibition spaces, a library, a 250-seat auditorium, workshops, administration offices, storerooms, a cafe-restaurant, and an underground car park.
Lentos Kunstmuseum, north facade on the Danube River; photo courtesy of Weber Hofer Partner AG.
The collection of modern and contemporary art
The permanent collection of Lentos Kunstmuseum consists of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper from the late 19th century to the present; some of the most important European and American art movements are represented, with a special focus on those from German-speaking countries.
Pieces in the collection include remarkable paintings by Max Liebermann, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, and Franz Gertsch; and sculptures by Walter Ritter, Anthony Caro, Claes Oldenburg, and Tom Wesselmann
The museum also has a very interesting photography collection, with works by Alexander Rodtschenko, Man Ray, Herbert Bayer, and Bruce Nauman.
Lentos Kunstmuseum, a view of one of the permanent exhibition galleries; photo maschekS.
The program of activities of the Lentos Kunstmuseum includes temporary exhibitions, concerts, conferences, talks, educational programs, and special events. Fully accessible to physically-impaired people, the museum also accommodates educational spaces, a library, a shop, and a restaurant with a panoramic terrace overlooking the Danube.
Lentos Kunstmuseum, exterior view, floor plans, and cross section; images courtesy of Weber Hofer Partner AG.
Gustav Klimt, Female Head, 1917, oil on canvas; image courtesy of Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz.
Egon Schiele, Double Portrait of Heinrich and Otto Benesch, 1913, oil on canvas; image courtesy of Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz.
“Who Was 1968?” exhibition, 2018, installation views; photo maschekS.
Cover Image, the Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz, Austria; photo by Visitlinz
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