The Albertina dedicates a major retrospective to Gottfried Helnwein on the 65th birthday of the Austrian artist who lives between the bright lights of Los Angeles and a neo-Gothic castle in rural Ireland.
Helnwein's work is universally considered disturbing and provocative, and is generally characterised by pain and violence, often featuring deformed or injured children.
His "Epiphany" series caused outrage when exhibited at the Kilkenny Arts Festival in Ireland in 2001. One of the paintings portrayed a group of SS soldiers examining a radiant mother whose infant bared a startling resemblance to a baby Adolf Hitler.
Over the years Helnwein has worked with many figures from popular culture including Mohammed Ali, Andy Warhol and even German rock group The Scorpions.
The Albertina is showing over 150 works from all phases of his career, with a special focus on the hyperrealistic paintings from his earlier days.