With the MuseumsQuartier, local architecture firm Ortner & Ortner has helped create a living room for Vienna, complete with coffee-table art books in the form of two museums that complement each other. The white Leopold Museum is home to the world’s most important collection of works by the early 20th-century artist Egon Schiele and other Art Noveau pieces. It is the lighter and more traditional of the two buildings, entered via a grand staircase that connects the museum to the plaza outside. The mumok, with its collection of modern and contemporary works, is a rounded cube covered in basalt that emerges from the ground like a black boulder in the heart of Baroque Vienna. Ortner & Ortner’s work extends beyond the museums, with painted banquettes where visitors can sit, or recline, when you feel more like watching people than admiring art.
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