Peppered with lots of photos, posters, personal documents and fan letters, the curator duo Thomas Mießgang and Suzie Wong also want to draw attention to the almost forgotten pages of the early media star. This applies above all to his work as a stage entertainer as well as at the theater and in cabaret. The trained model maker, born in 1913, originally wanted to succeed in acting. The Nazi rule and the Second World War threw him back again and again.
“His celebrities on radio and television have covered everything else,” says the curator. Hundreds of thousands of Austrians sat in front of their devices in the evening when “What’s new?” From 1948 on from the loudspeaker and “What’s new?” From 1957 on the screen every week. Both formats were neither innovative nor have they been greatly renewed in the course of their three or four decades of existence. The curators see the homely continuity of harmless, humorous Viennese song and Habsburg bliss after the disaster years as one of the reasons for the huge success and not least a contribution to Austria’s post-war identity as a small state.