Between Dying and Dancing

Tales of the early modern period

In its new display, the Alte Galerie reveals the splendour and misery of a fascinating epoch. This voyage of historical discovery is enhanced through loan items from the Kaiserschild Foundation. 

Opening: 25. April 2019, 7pm
Schloss Eggenberg, Planetensaal

Curators: Ulrich Becker and Barbara Kaiser

Referred to as the early modern period, the centuries between 1500 and 1800 mark the transition from the Christian world view of the Middle Ages to the Enlightenment on the eve of the Modern Age: as old certainties dwindled, the search for new ways towards the future was fraught with conflict.

The epoch is often associated with Renaissance and Baroque splendour. Yet on closer inspection, this dazzling façade also reveals a blood-soaked litany of endless wars and bitter distress. As if guided by the unsteady hand of the goddess Fortuna, the dual countenance of this epoch is marked by religious struggle, by death and by the enjoyment of life, by hunger and abundance. In this new presentation, the art treasures of the Alte Galerie – enriched by precious loans from the Kaiserschild Foundation – convey an overview of a fascinating age caught between splendour and misery. They enable us to recognize the ups and downs which have shaped our past and continue to resonate right up to the present day.

Permanent Collection

Alte Galerie

Permanent exhibition

Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg

The Alte Galerie invites you to take a stroll through the history of European art from the Middle Ages to the end of the Baroque period.


Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg

Eggenberger Allee 90
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9560


Opening Hours

April to October Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am-6pm 
1 November to 17 December only with guided tour by prior appointment

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