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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Elisabeth - Vienna

Empress and passionate horeswoman

Sisi loved animals and horses in particular, learning to ride at an early age.  Later on, riding gave her a way of escaping from the strictures of life at the Viennese court.  One of her favourite pastimes was practising and perfecting her equestrian skills at Goidollo', her country residence near  Budapest.  But she soon became bored by the flat surrounding countryside that lacked interesting challenges for her riding abilities.  She longed to practice show jumping and go hunting with hounds, both of which demanded consummate riding skills.The Viennese court was scandalized by her devotion to this passion.

She got her way in the end and soon set off for new destinations in England and Ireland.  There she made the acquaintance of Captain bay Middleton. A professional horseman, who was later to die in a riding accident, he was deeply impressed by Elisabth's daring and horse-womanship.  The close friendship between the two and the considerable amount of time they spent in each
other's company gave rise to rumours of a romantic relationship which persist to this day.  When Middleton married in 1882, Elisabeth gave up riding for good, selling all the horses the kept in England and devoting her
energies instead to hiking for hours at an excessive pace.

The exhibition  Elisabeth - Empress and passionate horse- woman focuses on the exceptional equestrian abilities of the empress, who thought nothing of jumping English hedges and Irish ditches despite riding side-saddle, and also examines the risks she exposed herself to while engaging in this challenging sport.

The painting of her pair of greys. Flick and Flock, which she had personally trained to perform
circus tricks in her manege at Godolo, together with her riding crop and riding gloves from her childhood, are a few of the exhibits that have been preserved as mementoes of her equestrian exploits.
The story of the empress and her riding companion Bay Middleton casts an interesting light on the
empress as a passionate horsewoman.

Sisi Museum
Silberkammer Hofburg
A - 1010 Wien

Tel:     +43 1 533 75 70
Fax:    +43 1 533 75 70 33


Belvedere - Vienna

Winter Palace
Himmelpfortgasse 8
101 Vienna
Daily 10am - 6 pm

Originally built as a lavish stately residence for Prince Eugene of Savoy, the renovated Winter Palace, in the heart of Vienna, is now a center of art and culture once more and is open to the public for the first time.

Lower Belvedere
Rennweg 6
1030 Vienna
Daily 10am - 6 pm
Wednesday  10 am - 9 pm

Temporary exhibitions are shown here with a focus on Austrian art in an international context. In addition to retrospectives about Austrian artists, thematic exhibitions examine major art movements
and epochs.

Upper Belvedere
Prinz Eugen-Strafie 27
1030 Vienna
Daily  10 am - 6 pm

The world's largest collection od Gustav Klimt's paintings (including the famous Kiss), paintings by
Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka as well  as works of French Impressionism and Viennese Biedermeier are some of the museum's highlights.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Arsenalstrabe 1
1030 Vienna
Wednesday and Thursday  11am - 6 pm
Friday to Sunday  11 am - 6 pm
Open on public holidays

Designed by Karl Schwanzer in 1958 as Austria's pavilion at the Brussels World's Fair, the adapted 21 er Haus is now the Belvedere's exhibition space for Austrian art in an international context, dating
from 1944 to the present.



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