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11 Leading Berkshire Cultural Organizations Collaborate to Present "The Vienna Project" Starting Spring 2002

For Immediate Release

April 22, 2002

Eleven of the Berkshire's leading cultural organizations have joined together to present The Vienna Project, a six-month series of exhibitions, programs, and special events celebrating the rich and vibrant art and culture of Vienna in the beautiful setting of the Berkshire hills of western Massachusetts.  Spanning the age of Mozart to today, The Vienna Project includes visual arts, theater, film, opera, and classical and popular music.

"The diverse group of arts organizations in the Berkshires provides a special opportunity to explore the culture of Vienna, which has through the centuries represented the very best in the visual arts, performing arts, and intellectual life," said Michael Conforti, director of the Clark. "The music of Mozart, the art of Klimt and today's avant garde artists, the architecture of Wagner, the writings of Wittgenstein and Freud all represent the great tradition of Viennese culture. The Vienna Project is an in-depth look at that tradition and its impact on contemporary times."

Participating organizations are:

  • Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute 
  • MASS MoCA 
  • Tanglewood 
  • Shakespeare & Company 
  • Williamstown Theatre Festival 
  • Berkshire Opera 
  • The Berkshire Museum 
  • The Norman Rockwell Museum 
  • Williams College Museum of Art 
  • Berkshire Theatre Festival 
  • Berkshire Choral Festival

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown will present four exhibitions that explore the deep cultural change that Vienna experienced during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including Gustav Klimt Landscapes, the first exhibition devoted to the landscapes of Klimt. The Clark is the only North American venue for this exhibition, which will travel to the Galerie Belvedere in Vienna. Other exhibitions include Otto Wagner:  The Academy of Fine Arts, Josef Hoffmann:  The Homes of the Wittgensteins, and Bernardo Bellotto:  Views of Imperial Vienna.  All exhibitions will be on view from June 16 through September 2, 2002.

MASS MoCA in North Adams will offer Uncommon Denominator:  New Art from Vienna, showcasing the work of twelve leading artists from contemporary Vienna from May 25, 2002 through April 2003.

Tanglewood and the Boston Symphony Orchestra in Lenox will perform the work of various Viennese composers during the season.  On Monday, August 26, at 8:30 p.m., the Boston Pops will perform a Sound of Music sing-along.

Shakespeare & Company will premiere four staged adaptations of the work of Austrian authors Thomas Bernhard and Ingeborg Bachmann entitled, Two Viennese and Why They Hated Vienna on Thursday, October 3, at 8:00 p.m. at MASS MoCA.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival will stage a reading of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus on Friday, July 12, at 3:00 p.m.  Set amidst the opulence of 18th-century Vienna, Amadeus explores the relationship between Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his rival Antonio Salieri.

The Berkshire Opera in Great Barrington will present Vienna in Song, a concert of lied-songs by Viennese composers. Dates and times to be announced.

The Berkshire Museum will feature the exhibition The Vienna Project:  Secession Graphic Art Through WWI, on view from June 16 through September 2, 2002.  Represented in the show are the great masters of Viennese Modernism - Gustav Klimt, Josef Maria Olbrich, Kolo Moser, Alfred Roller, Macx Kurzweil, and Egon Schiele, among others.

Stockbridge's Norman Rockwell Museum will exhibit Lisbeth Zwerger's Land of Oz, featuring illustrations for L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz from June 29 to September 2, 2002.

The Williams College Museum of Art will present the exhibition Prelude to a Nightmare:  Art, Politics, and Hitler's Early Years in Vienna 1906-1913 from July 13 through October 27, 2002.  The exhibition will include paintings, set designs, posters, vintage films, books, and ephemera documenting the generally unknown influences that formed and informed Hitler's worldview. 

The Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge will stage Mozart's opera The Magic Flute specially adapted for young audiences.  Matinee performances will be at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday, June 26 to July 20, 2002, at The Berkshire Museum.

The Berkshire Choral Festival will offer several concerts featuring the work of two of Vienna's most famous composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Franz Josef Haydn.  The concerts will include operatic and sacred choral orchestral works. 

Known as America's Premier Cultural Resort, the Berkshires of western Massachusetts are home to more than 50 cultural organizations.  In addition to the exciting and diverse cultural opportunities, the Berkshires abound with great natural beauty and offer hiking and many other outdoor recreational activities.  Just three hours from metropolitan New York and Boston, the Berkshires is also accessible by rail and air in Albany, NY.  For more information on participating organizations and events calendars, visit www.berkshirearts.org. For information on lodging, travel, and other cultural and recreational activities in the Berkshires, contact the Berkshire Visitors Bureau at 1-800-237-5747 or www.berkshires.org.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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