New exhibition at the Bösendorfer Salon

Review of the Great World Event with the participation of Bösendorfer Pianos


At the end of the anniversary year marking 150 years of the Vienna World's Fair, Bösendorfer is presenting a look at the World's Fair and its contribution to the piano world as part of an exhibition in the Salon at the Vienna Musikverein. Austria presented itself as a piano country: 48 piano companies exhibited 83 grand pianos and 11 upright pianinos. The piano company led by Ludwig Bösendorfer since 1859 exhibited together with the piano maker Friedrich Ehrbar, because the two had united shortly before to form a Viennese piano factory corporation. They got into a dispute over a patent while still at the exhibition and remained irreconcilable. 

Bösendorfer and Ehrbar showed 10 grand pianos and 2 upright pianos in the Palace of Industry. A grand piano by Bösendorfer, designed together with the exhibition architect Josef Storck, could also be admired in the rotunda. In order to demonstrate the instruments, concerts were held, where the focus was less on the artistic performance, but rather on the sound and the special features of the instruments. The world exhibition was immediately used by music publishers and dance music composers as an advertising medium. Music publisher Adolf Bösendorfer, Ludwig's brother, also published numerous "World's Fair Music" for the occasion.

The opening of the exhibition will be surrounded by music that was heard at the World's Fair, as well as composed by the famous pianist Alfred Grünfeld. Experience also one of the few original compositions by Ludwig Bösendorfer, interpreted by Adela Liculescu, Bösendorfer Artist!

The exhibition will be on view from November 23, 2023 to March 23, 2024 with free admission.

Further Informations

Thursday, November 23, 2023 at 7.00 pm

Duration of the exhibition:
Friday, November 24, 2023 until Saturday, March 23, 2024
Monday - Friday: 10.00 am - 6.00 pm and during the evening events
Saturday: 10.00 am - 1.00 pm

Bösendorfer Salon

Registration for the Opening:


No registration is required to visit the exhibition

Bösendorfer Salon
Canovagasse 4
A - 1010 Wien
+43 1 50466516310



Note on the cooperation: We would like to express our sincere thanks for the cooperation with the Vienna City Library in the City Hall, which provided us with many materials for this exhibition. In addition, our thanks also go to the Archive of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna for their contribution to this exhibition.