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Irene Montjoye to Speak about the Hapsburgs on July 14

For Immediate Release

June 28, 2002

Irene Montjoye will give the lecture "The Hapsburgs as Patrons of the Arts" at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, July 14, at 3:00 p.m. Montjoye is professor of comparative literature and cultural studies at Webster University in Vienna and has written and lectured extensively on Austrian art and culture. She will discuss the Hapsburg family, whose dynasty ruled Austria-Hungary for nearly four centuries, and their interest in the arts that encouraged not only conservative movements in the arts but also the major avant-garde movements of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Vienna. Admission is free.

The public lecture is offered in connection with four exhibitions celebrating the art and architecture of Vienna: Gustav Klimt Landscapes, Josef Hoffmann: Homes of the Wittgensteins, Bernardo Bellotto: Views of Imperial Vienna, and Otto Wagner: The Academy of Fine Arts. The exhibitions are on view through September 2. Upcoming related lectures will be "Women of the Secession" by Emily Braun of Hunter College on July 28 and "Jugenstil Design" by Christian Witt-Dörring of the Austrian Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) on August 11. For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu/exhibitions/klimt/.

The exhibitions are part of the "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.

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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