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:
Check out this exhibition displaying the 20th century through art
When: March 16–June 16
Entry: 8-14€, check details here
“Aufbruch der Moderne” is the title of this exhibition, meaning “Departure of Modern Art”. At the Leopold Museum you get to witness all the massive changes that the 20th century’s been through, presented in the form of emotions converted into art. Besides murals, the exhibition also features contemporary literature, theater, music and even philosophy, spread across three floors. For more info, check out their website.
Recommended if you like: all kinds of art, Egon Schiele and stuff, chilling in the MQ, trying to read emotions of artists in their art, getting your culture on, nodding and saying, “hmmm”
Check out this festival dedicated to photography
When: March 20 – April 20
Where: various locations in Vienna
The festival, Foto Wien, will explore the diversity and potential of the local photography scene. More than 120 venues all over Vienna will take part in this massive festival that will explore this highly relevant medium. Be sure to check out the programme for details and visit a few of the museums, galleries, art universities, and off-spaces over the period of the next month.
Recommended if you like: exploring photography, art mingling, watching historical documentaries on the couch while only wearing a bath robe, being a tourist in your own city
Photo © Éva Szombat
Catch on to the newest wave of young artists at this exposition
When: March 21– April 18, 12pm–6pm
Stop by this exhibition displaying the work of a few young artists focusing on very unique and interesting topics. Photographer, Paweł Jaszczuk, concentrates of the portrayal of Jesus Christ in the commercial world while Pierro Percoco, for example, humorously presents everyday life in a village and more. Also, these two artists will be present at the “opening-party” on March 22, open to having a chat with anyone and to present their thoughts and intentions of their work. And yes, there will be drinks. Sau geil!
Recommended if you like: having a chat with the artists, contemporary art, photography, getting tipsy and then starting to truly “understand” the art, discovering young talents
See this exhibition on infrastructure in rural areas in China and Austria
When: March 13 – April 23
Where: Architekturzentrum Wien
Head out to this exhibition on the rural areas of China and Austria and how their economies and infrastructure suffer due to mass migration to the bigger cities. And just FYI, when we say rural, we don’t mean the 19th district of Vienna. Rural-er than that. Learn some things about efforts being taken to make life more livable for those living in the countryside of both countries.
Recommended if you like: living in the country, rural areas, learning what China and Austria might have in common, understanding the bigger picture and how things work, making life more livable for people of all walks of life
Celebrate female artists at this art exhibition
When: February 21 – March 31
Where: Kunstforum Wien
Entry: 11€, check out discounted prices, here
This art exhibition is taking on the discussion of women’s roles in art, both as the subjects and the creators. Who decides what we want to look at and who will make it? At this exhibition you will see women in art portrayed by female artists. Go and see for yourself what beautiful things come out of a set up like this.
Recommended if you like: contemporary art, women portrayed in art, female artists, being female, knowing females, eating pickles (because who doesn’t like eating pickles), the smell of canvases filling the room, the color blue (Hannah Gadsby reference, anyone?), celebrating females portraying females
See an exhibition on the use of patterns in design
When: February 23 – September 8
Entry: 12/9/8€, check pricing details, here
There are patterns everywhere, they say. Like how we have made a pattern of eating a chocolate pastry for breakfast every day. But that’s not really what we’re talking about here. Peter and Irene Ludwig have collected examples of patterns used in decoration throughout history and if you head on over to Mumok you can see the exhibition for yourself. Make a pattern of going to museums, starting today.
Recommended if you like: patters, museums, exhibitions, patterns, museums, exhibitions, patterns…ok, sorry, beautiful colors on the wall, geometry used in an artistic way, studying how people have chosen to decorate their surroundings through history, Mumok
Check out this exhibition opening at Albertina
When: February 16 – June 10
Entry: free (opening event)!
To celebrate the 300-year-anniversary of the founding year of the Principality of Liechtenstein, Albertina will celebrate with an exhibition. Works from artists like Peter Paul Rubens will be the focus of the show as well as treasures of the Biedermeier collection.
Recommended if you like: art, exhibitions at Albertina, celebrating anniversaries, art collections, Biedermeier, inviting your mind to think differently, Sunday strolling through museums
Check out this exhibition at Albertina
When: February 7 – May 26
Entry: 16€ (11€ students), buy a ticket online
Albertina will be dedicating a comprehensive exhibition to the Austrian photographer Manfred Willmann. He’s known for breaking with clichés of idyllic country life and capturing scenes from his personal environment in Styria.
Recommended if you like: art, exhibitions at Albertina, questioning life and reality itself, inviting your mind to think differently, Sunday strolling through museums, Austrian artists
Witness the Art history museum taken over by the power of love
When: March 20 & 30, April 6, 10 & 24 // check out additional exhibition showings
Where: Kunsthistorische Museum
Entry: 38€, buy tickets
A very special exhibition is going down in the art history museum this month and beyond (it begins on March 13). Instead of nature (last year’s motto) taking over the opulent halls of the museum, this year it will be love! You have to buy one of the tickets for one of the exclusive appointments at which you can catch the exhibition. This is part of the highly successful exhibition series, Ganyemed. 13 stations will position love as the main actress in this art performance and show. Find more details, here.
Recommended if you like: art, exclusive art events, being one of the few to witness something special, being inspired in a gallery, practising your pensive face in the mirror, thinking about love
Catch this artist’s early work on display at Kinokulturhaus
When: Daily until June 9, check opening hours here
Where: Metro Kinokulturhaus
Entry: 7.50€ (6€ students)
Kinokulturhaus is bringing you the photography works of German filmmaker and author, Wim Wenders – you might know him from directing Buena Vista Social Club back in the day. Anyway, he’s also an accomplished fotographer – and this exhibition is bringing his body of work from the 60s, 70s and 80s to the public. Check it out at Kinokulturhaus until June!
Recommended if you like: photography exhibits, checking out the work of big-a** artists, being inspired by art, old cameras, taking selfies, talking about yourself in the 3rd person, polaroids that resist the test of time
Check out Wes Anderson’s curation at the Art History Museum
When: on until April 28
Where: Kunsthistorisches Museum
Entry: 16€, get your tickets, here
The Kunsthistorisches Museum (Art History Museum) has allowed Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf to curate their own exhibition with any pieces they wanted from the museum’s art collection. We’ve asked if we can be next to choose our favorite items to create our own exhibition but the museum has yet to get back to us. Anyway, back to Wes and Juman, they have included more than 400 pieces of art to create this one-of-a-kind display. You have until April 28th to see it. Don’t miss your chance!
Recommended if you like: art exhibitions curated by incredible creative minds, Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, looking at things in a new way, nodding your head and saying, “hmm,” softly, the smell of museums in the morning, Wes Anderson
Check out this exhibition of Chinese contemporary art
When: January 29 – May 26
Where: MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
Entry: 12€ (10€ students)
Put on your smart kid glasses for this one. At the exhibition Chinese Whispers, you’ll get to see a bunch of beautiful contemporary Chinese (suprise, surprise!) art at MAK. Go and see the beautiful collection of art Uli Sigg has brought to Vienna.
Recommended if you like: contemporary Chinese artwork, being smart, saying, “hmmm,” if you don’t know what else to say, wearing smart kid glasses, the smell of museums, using your brain, MAK
Celebrate women in art history at the Belvedere!
When: January 24 – May 19
Entry: 14€ (11€ students)
The Belvedere has put together an exhibition honouring women who were crucial in the development of art and architecture in the city but who are rarely mentioned for reasons we know well (patriarchal society, anyone?). The opening is this Thursday and everyone is invited to hear curator, Sabine Fellner, share her take on this! Later, the exhibit will be on until the end of May. Let’s celebrate women in art!
Recommended if you like: celebrating women who made a difference in history, female artists, gorgeous museums, celebrating women who helped shape our city, new perspectives, Belvedere exhibits
Wiener Werkstätte heavyweight hits up the MAK
When: December 18 until April 22
An exhibition dedicated to Koloman Moser can be found in the MAK – woot, woot! If you have no idea why this fact would be exciting, have a look at this impressive artists work (Google it, right now!) and have a read of how the MAK describe it: ‘As a universal artist Moser masters the disciplines of painting, graphic art, arts and crafts, and interior design as well as fashion and scenography. To an impressive extent, Moser embodies the Gesamtkunstwerk or total work of art as advocated by the Vienna Secession.’ His graphic work is enchanting, while he was the co-founder of one of Vienna’s most significant art movements, the Wiener Werksttätte. This exhibition dedicated to this multitalented artist is worth an afternoon of gallery strolling.
Recommended if you like: the art you see on your every day walks around the streets of Vienna, sighing and shaking your head to express your amazement when standing in front of a painting, the shape of your nipples, getting inspired in galleries
Catch three generations of great photographers on display at Westlicht
When: TUE–SUN, December 6–March 24, check opening hours here
Entry: 8€/5€ (students), check other discounted rates here
Westlicht brings you the works of three remarkable photographers: Lisel Model, Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin. Model was actually born in Vienna (in 1901! The Empire and all…), but kicked off her career in France and later moved to the US, where she eventually became a mentor for young Arbus. They worked together back in the 60s, and are known to this day for challenging visual perspectives and mixing surrealism with documentary photography. The third generation portrayed in this exhibit is that of Goldin, the younger of the three, bringing you the NYC of the 80s. Wow, what a ride. Check them out at Westlicht until March!
Recommended if you like: photography exhibits, literally anything that is on display at Westlicht, checking out the work of big-a** artists, NYC photography, being inspired by art, old cameras
Exploring what makes up beauty with famed designers, Sagmeister & Walsh
When: October 23 – March 31
Entry: €12, €5 each Tuesday after 6pm
This is an exhibition dedicated to beauty. Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh collaborate on this complex design exhibition to find the deeper meaning of beauty, analyse our relationship with it, and prove that beauty is not only ornamental, but beautifully designed objects automatically improve their purpose and functionality. Take this journey through product design, graphic design, architecture and urban planning and let yourself be challenged by the thought that beauty is not always in the eye of the beholder, but something that can be mastered and reproduced in a purposeful way. Find all the info, here.
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