What’s that? You’ve got that itching urge to get all cultured and inspired at some absorbing art exhibition, or by watching something on stage that gets your emotions boiling?
Check out the list of awesome art and culture events happening in Vienna right now, or in the next few weeks:
The year’s best photojournalism in one exhibition – powerful stuff!
When: September 11 – October 25
Entry: 8€ (5€ students)
This exhibit is even in the calendars of those that hardly ever step foot in a gallery. With around 100 exhibitions around the world annually, the World Press Photo exhibition is the most popular traveling photo event in the world and will be displaying attention-grabbing photos at Westlicht gallery. The poignant, moving images that are always guaranteed at this exhibition of photojournalism’s greatest shots of the year, can be seen by anyone whose interest is remotely peaked in photography. Don’t be surprised if you leave with tears in your eyes, or full of inspiration.
Recommended if you like: understanding the world a little better, pictures that say more than words, a picture speaks a thousand words, photo journalism, playing caption competitions with your exhibition buddy, being moved and inspired
Marvel at a unique art collection
When: February 22 – November 15
Entry: 16.90€ (11.90€ under 26)
The married couple Hahnloser–Bühler shared a passion in collecting art, which has resulted in their owning the most important private collection of French Modernist art around. Hahnloser? More like Hahnwinner!! Starting on February 22nd, you will be able to admire their collection at the Albertina!
Recommended if you like: art, power couples who like collecting art, looking at pretty artwork or a mirror (which is basically the same thing), modernist art, correcting the way people pronounce Van Gogh
Catch this exhibition at the Kunsthalle
When: March 8–October 4, check website for opening hours
Where: Kunsthalle Wien
Entry: 8€ (2€ students)
What does it mean to have a ‘good life’? Who knows! But, one thing is clear, it probably means different things for different people. This exhibition deals with the topic of globalization, how it affects the population of the northern and southern hemispheres differently and how people are exploited in the process.
Recommended if you like: exhibitions, art and culture, art with a message, critical thinking, being cultured, dealing with the problems of our time, posing the big questions, philosophic talks, thinking outside the box, looking at objects outside of their natural habitat
Check out an exhibition that makes you think
When: March 6, 2020 – January 10, 2021
Entry: 13€ (9.50€ students under 26)
Some things are easier to ignore or block out than to deal with. The art of Ingeborg Strobl, however, challenges the viewer, placing the controversy front and centre and forcing a reaction. Her art is connected to social criticism, especially regarding consumerism and the madness of mass production. Are you ready for this?
Recommended if you like: social criticism, trying to change the world, the MUMOK, art that makes you think, thinking about ways to improve
Experience this artist’s first-ever solo exhibition!
When: March 6 – October 26
Entry: 13€ (9.50€ students under 26)
For all of you out there who are addicted to art, this one’s definitely for you! Steve Reinke, a Canadian artist, will be staging his first solo exhibition at the mumok starting March 3rd. It would go beyond the scope of this event tip to try to explain the works of art he has produced but as a taster, you’ll be confronted with his new video work ‘An Arrow Pointing to a Hole’, as well as some selected embroidery and more!
Recommended if you like: Sunday strolling through museums, mumok, thinking outside the box, getting inspired by art, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee, art in general
Take your kids to see this modern rendition of a fairy tale play
When: FRI–MON, October 16-19, check website for times
Entry: 9€, register via email@example.com
The Theatre-Group, Frischluf,t is residing at WUK for a coupla’ days so that your kids can hop into the world of the fairytale, ‘Snow White’. Well, a modern version. This absolute dream team of two sisters suddenly meets a bear that causes some chaos in their friendship and sisterhood. Considering how intriguing this plot summary sounds, we know not only your kids will be engaged in the story, but you probably will be, too.
Recommended if you like: having your kids concentrate on one thing for 50 minutes, secretly being even more into the story then they are, supporting theatre groups that entertain your little ones, getting them into the arts early
Two outstanding Austrian artists of the 20th century in one exhibition
When: February 2 – August 31
Where: Leopold Museum
Entry: student and seniors ticket 10€, regular ticket 14€, get your tickets!
Hundertwasser and Schiele are both iconic Austrian artists. Even though they never met each other, Hundertwasser always looked up to Schiele and appreciated his work. 20 years after Hundertwasser’s death, you’d be mad to miss the chance to visit a rather special exhibition. The Leopold Museum will be displaying pieces by both artists and trying to show similarities and connections between these artists. The exhibition will be showing from February 2nd to August 31st. If you are into art, it’d be highly bonkers not to go!
Recommended if you like: art in general, the Leopold Museum, Hundertwasser, Schiele, Sunday strolling through museums, Austrian art, staring at a painting for 20 minutes and not understanding what’s even going on in it but whatever it’s art
Catch this exhibition of epic views from an Austrian painter
When: January 31–October 26
Where: Belvedere 21
Entry: 9€ (7€ Students under 26), buy a ticket
Austrian painter Herbert Brandl is one of the most important representatives of Neo-Expressionism. He produces large-format works, ranking alongside the most successful contemporary painters in Austria. The majority of his paintings are landscapes with a particular focus on the monumentality of mountainscapes. This exhibition at Belvedere 21 shows the work he has produced over the past two decades including pieces created especially for this show.
Recommended if you like: Austrian artists, Neo-Expressionism, contemporary painters, giant paintings of giant mountains, supporting local artists, landscapes, Belvedere 21, sitting on a bench and staring at a painting for hours
Picture © Markus Wörgötter