In 2015, Vienna celebrated the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Ringstrasse, arguably the city's most important contribution to nineteenth-century art and architecture. In addition to a large exhibition at the Wien Museum (reviewed separately in this issue by Christoph Hölz), three exhibitions explored the theme in contrasting ways. All of them faced the challenge of interpreting and presenting the mammoth undertaking represented by the Ringstrasse; all sought to give a comprehensive overview and, at the same time, to present new information at a level of detail that would add to our general knowledge of the era. Unfortunately, the exhibition makers relied for the most part on materials stored in their own collections, without making much use of objects kept by others. It was obviously not their aim to organize one comprehensive large-scale exhibition on the Ringstrasse era comparable to such groundbreaking exhibitions as Traum und Wirklichkeit: Wien 1870–1930...

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