“The Shape of Time”, curated by Jasper Sharp, presents the old masters from the KHM collection in a conversation with contemporary works borrowed from private collections and other museums. The 20 or so juxtapositions are scattered throughout the museum. A straightforward, easily realisable concept was needed in order to make the “exhibition within an exhibition” stand out.

The intervention, designed by BWM Architekten, allows visitors to create new spatial references. According to Johann Moser, the creative mind behind BWM’s exhibition designs, visitors notice how these exhibition areas contrast with the rest of the museum in that they experience a “shift in spatial feeling”. The design team’s subtle design interventions make it easy to identify the relation between the historical and the contemporary artwork.

The Shape of Time: Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

Photo Exhibition View Tizian / Turner:

Tiziano Vecellio, Nymphe und Schäfer, um 1570/75
Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie
© KHM-Museumsverband

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Stürmische See, um 1840/45
Tate: Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
© Tate, London 2017



May 2018


Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien

BWM team

Massimiliano Marian (Competition)
Martina Berger (external)


Jasper Sharp (Curator KHM)