Arnulf Rainer

VISAGES bears witness to the artist’s lengthy and dramatic discourse with the image of his own face, his fascination with the facial expressions of death masks and, finally, his exploration of the depiction of faces in the history of art from antiquity through the end of the 19th century.
This comprehensive show features over 80 individual works and outlines the various forms and techniques Arnulf Rainer has explored from the 1950s up to today. We learn how the artist has taken on the challenge of recreating and restoring the figure to visual art after its deconstruction in the 20th century. To this purpose, he uses his own face like a tabula rasa, as a foundation that allows him to develop an art that is at once free from any kind of convention and at the same time attempts to reconstruct the lost connection between art and life.  

The exhibition, curated by renowned French art expert and museum director Jean-Michel Foray, shocks us with the radical nature of Rainer’s early works, becoming increasingly quiet as we travel toward the artist’s later pieces, as if at the end of our journey the artist attempts to convince us that painting as a visual expression of spiritual consciousness is still relevant today.

All displayed works come from the artist’s own collection; several are available to the public for the first time.

All of my photographic works are self-portraits,
reproductions of the yet-unknown me.

Arnulf Rainer, 1974

Arnulf Rainer Museum


Josefsplatz 5
2500 Baden
Tel +43(0)2252 209 196 11
Fax +43(0)2252 209 196 14

Postal address

Badener Kulturbetriebsgesmbh
Kaiser Franz Josef-Ring 31
2500 Baden


Tram (Badener Bahn)
Direct, from the Vienna State Opera
to the Arnulf Rainer Museum, to
Josefplatz at the end of the line.

Train and rapid transit train
Four minutes on foot from Baden
station, towards the centre of town.


A2 Baden exit – towards the centre,
Arnulf Rainer Museum / Frauenbad.
Parking at Römertherme or at the
Casino parking garage.


Opening hours

Closed on: 24.12., 25.12., 26.12., 31.12.2016 and 1.1.2017.

Every day from 10am – 5pm
Contact us for more details.


Admission prices

Adults 6,–
Reduced 4,–
Groups of 6 or over,
per person
Children from 6 – 14,
pupils, students,
military discount (national service)
Family ticket 12,–
Family ticket reduced 10,–
Guided tour 2,50


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