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Crown Prince Rudolf

21 August to 1 February 2009
Exhibition "Crown Prince Rudolf"

Exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of his birth

21 August 2008 - 1 February 2009

Exhibition mounted in cooperation with the Austrian State Archives

To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Crown Prince Rudolf on 21 August a special exhibition is being staged at the Imperial Furniture Collection and Schönbrunn Palace in cooperation with the Austrian State Archives. The main venue will be the Imperial Furniture Collection which will present the public and private life of the heir to the imperial throne in its temporary exhibition space as well as individual sections of the permanent exhibition. At Schönbrunn the exhibition will also see the reopening to the public of the former Crown Prince Apartment following years of extensive restoration. Located in the seven rooms of this ground-floor suite which are decorated with the exotic landscape murals of the Bohemian painter Johann Wenzel Bergl, the exhibition will focus on Crown Prince Rudolf's passion for hunting.

The life and death of Crown Prince Rudolf are not just of interest to specialists and historians. An internationally acclaimed film on the prince was made in 2006, and countless books have appeared on the subject. And yet this unconventional and self-willed heir to the throne in whom all the hopes of the Habsburg Empire were vested is still a source of enigma and mystery. The exhibition covers the whole span of his 30-year life and ends on 30 January 2009, the 120th anniversary of the day he died.

Imperial Furniture Collection: Traces of a life

The Crown Prince Apartment at Schönbrunn Palace: Hunting

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