All the best culture and art events happening in Vienna right NOW & coming weeks

All the best culture and art events happening in Vienna right NOW & coming weeks

February 12, 2020

All the best culture
and art events happening
in Vienna right NOW
& coming weeks

February 12, 2020

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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:

Check out this exciting exhibition of visual art and painting

Piotr Łakomy | Waiting room

When: January 16–February 29
Where: Koenig 2
Entry: Free!

Polish visual artist Piotr Łakomy has exhibited his works all over the world in locations such as Paris, Milan and Miami. Using the mediums of painting, installation and objects, he deals with artistic challenges in a public space. His new exhibition in Vienna has its tone set by a quote from W.G. Sebald, which begins, “the waiting room, where a few travellers sat far apart, silent and motionless”. If you want to find out more, do yourself a favour and get down to what should be an intriguing exhibition!

Recommended if you like: painting, art exhibitions, highbrow events, going to a vernissage so you can brag to your friends that you saw the exhibition before them, having your paintings stuck on the fridge by mum & dad

See how Modernist artists combined philosophy with art

Reading Time in Space

When: November 16 – April 13
Where: MUMOK
Entry: 8–12€, check the details

This exhibition at MUMOK right here puts the spotlight on some of the best art produced between the years of 1910–1955, also referred to as the epoch of Modernism. Whether artists back then even really considered what they were doing as modern art is one of the main topics in focus. Also in focus is the big philosophical questions that they’ve expressed within their art. Read more about it on their website.

Recommended if you like: questioning space and time, philosophy within art, just not getting what this canvas of a asymmetrical square is about, MUMOK

© Bildrecht Wien, 2019

Check out the outstanding poster designs of the past year at MAK


When: November 6 – March 1
Where: MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
Entry: 10€–12€

As part of a competition seeking the 100 best poster designs in Austria, this exhibition at the MAK showcases the hundred that made it into the final selection. There’s a lot more art that goes into posters than you think. Have a look at how artists express their feelings on political topics, while also cracking jokes and spreading awareness about whatever is going on in the world right now. Plus, it’s a great chance to look at the cool looking graphic design trends going around at the moment.

Recommended if you like: philosophy in art, politics in art, dirty toilets plastered with 1000 stickers, dirty jokes, filthy jokes, Museum of Applied Arts, everyday art, graphic design, fonts

© MAK/Georg Mayer

An exhibition of Japanese art from the present and past


When: October 26 – February 16
Where: MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
Entry: 8€–12€, check the details

Check out some fascinating artwork by some of Japan’s most renowned artists from the past and present at this exhibition celebrating 150 years of Japan’s & Austria’s friendship. Works by the two genre-defining artists, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Masumi Ishakawa, will be showcased, including beautiful graphics imprinted into wood created using various traditional, as well as contemporary, techniques of woodblock printing. It’s kind of two exhibitions in one at MAK. Read more about it on their website.

Recommended if you like: Japanese art, those free calendars from your local Japanese restaurant, art being displayed in various ways, the  MAK, doing your intelligent pensive face in front of a painting

© MAK/Georg Mayer

Check out this exhibition making space and object correlate with each other

Anita Leisz

When: October 4 – February 23,
Where: MUMOK
Entry: 8€/9€/12€, check out the website for further info

The Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize is being handed over to the best young artists mainly based in Vienna. With Anita Leisz being now the four-time winner of this prize, she’s having her own exhibition in the MUMOK. Check out how her art interacts with the context of the room hosting the art. She created all of her ideas according to the space for the exhibition.

Recommended if you like: Art, Wes Anderson, clean apartments, the headspace app, discovering new artists, MUMOK, asking the question constantly, ‘whoa! is this really happening?’

© 01 – Anita Leisz .Ohne Titel, 2017, Watercolor and graphite on paper Courtesy Lars Friedrich
Photo: Timo Ohler, © Anita Leisz

Learn about Vienna’s architecture wars that happened throughout the Cold War

Cold War and Architecture

When: October 17 – February 24
Where: AzW Architekturzentrum
Entry: 7€–9€, click here for further info

By the time of the Cold War, Vienna was under control and divided by four occupying forces: Great Britain, France, the USA and the Soviet Union. This exhibition at AzW highlights the numerous architecture projects that were carried out in Vienna during this period, which led to some kind of architectural war happening between the occupying forces. Have a read about it on their website.

Recommended if you like: Art, history books, Architecture, learning something new about your city, Architekturzentrum, the smell of old books, spending a lot of time trying to understand the world

© Architekturzentrum Wien, Collection, estate of Oswald Haerdtl

A bumper exhibition of street photography with 35 masters of the genre

Street. Life. Photography

When: September 11–February 16
Where: Kunst Haus Wien
Entry: 11€ or 5€ for students, buy a ticket

Street photography – some see it as a gross invasion of privacy, others (such as ourselves) see it as a highly valuable, sometimes beautiful, sometimes ugly, documentation of our times.

The Kunst Haus has gathered the work of 35 masters of this art-form, from the 1930s to the present day. From the literally ‘in-your-face’ work of Bruce Gilden, to the much earlier documentation of New York streets from Lisette Model. There will also be work from Diane Arbus’ portraits of marginalised groups, to Martin Parr’s often comedic captures of the zeitgeist. There’s guaranteed to be something that fascinates everybody who has a love for people.

Recommended if you like: scouring the streets with a camera, living off canned food while spending the rest of your money on cameras, exploring photography, thinking outside the box, observing the zeitgeist, getting a taste of other countries and cultures.

Check out this exhibition displaying the 20th century through art

WIEN 1900 | Aufbruch in die Moderne

When: since March 16
Where: Leopoldmuseum
Entry: 8–14€, check details

“Aufbruch der Moderne” is the title of this exhibition, meaning “Departure from Modern Art”. At the Leopold Museum, you’ll get to witness all the massive changes that art has been through in the 20th century, 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”

Find out more about perspectives

Ulrike Königshofer. Behind the Picture

When: January 22 – March 14
Where: Galerie Reinthaler
Entry: tba

Ulrike Königshofer is an artist from Styria who works in Vienna. Her art focuses on perspectives. She claims that people perceive something completely differently than others – life is all about the perspectives. At her exhibition at the Galerie Reinthaler she is trying to visualise the formation process behind her art.

Recommended if you like: thinking outside the box, art galleries, understanding art, Galerie Reinthaler, spending a rainy afternoon at muesums

Check out this exhibition full of selfies

The Cindy Sherman Effect

When: WED, Jan 29 – SUN, Jun 21
Where: Kunstforum Wien
Entry: 11€

Cindy Sherman’s pictures are among the all-time classics of staged photography. With her work, which consists exclusively of self-portraits depicting herself in various situations as different characters, she tries to address topics such as identity, transformation and the myriad roles of women in society. A few years ago, one of them was sold for almost four million dollars at auction, making it the most expensive photo ever sold at that time. We wish our selfies were worth that much!

Recommended if you like: photography, important female artists, photos with a meaning behind them, taking selfies, looking at photos of other people on Instagram, getting inspiration for improving your selfie game

Check out the way this painter looked at people

Wilhelm Leibl – Gut sehen ist alles!

When: January 31 – May 10
Where: Albertina
Entry: 11.90€ aged under 26, 17.90€ aged 26+

Do you like to keep it real? Well, so did the German painter, Wilhelm Leibl, one of the most important realist painters in Europe who was praised by none other than Vincent Van Gogh. His work revolves around the authentic portrayal of human subjects. To him, it wasn’t important whether a model was beautiful, but rather that the painter was able to ‘perceived them well.’ So there you have the proof – you don’t look ugly in photos, they’re just bad photos.

Recommended if you like: keeping it real, art, being artsy, important painters, looking at paintings for hours, wearing a scarf indoors that is elegantly slung around your neck, wearing spectacles you don’t actually need, using the word spectacles instead of glasses

An exhibition all about fashion made in our good old Alpine Republic

SHOW OFF. Austrian Fashion Design

When: February 14 – July 12
Where: MAK
Entry: 9.90€

Not many people know this, but Austrian fashion encompasses far more than just Dirndls and Lederhosen. That’s probably why the Museum of Applied Arts is hosting this exhibition where everything is all about homegrown fashion design. Around 50 designers and 30 photographers are taking part, showcasing various creations from the eighties, up until today.

Recommended if you like: being en vogue, dressing up, reading fashion magazines, reading fashion blogs, being a fashionista, dreaming of expensive clothes you’ll probably never be able to afford, worshipping the shrine with a picture of Karl Lagerfeld next to your bed

Two outstanding Austrian artists of the 20th century in one exhibition

Hundertwasser – Schiele; Imagine tomorrow

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

Marvel at a unique art collection

Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse, Hodler. Die Sammlung Hahnloser

When: February 22 – May 24
Where: Albertina
Entry: tba

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

Browse photographs that tell you a story

Alec Soth – Photography is a Language

When: February 26 – August 16
Where: Kunst Haus Wien
Entry: tba

Do you count photography as your hobby, even though the only photos you take are selfies? On February 26th, the Kunst Haus Wien opens an exhibition focused on the photographer, Alec Soth, who focuses on people and their unique situations in his work. The exhibition might inspire you to not only think outside the selfie–box, but also to learn more about the language of photography.

Recommended if you like: photography, getting insights in the lives of people you have never met, getting inspired by photographers who master the language of photography, hanging out in galleries, the Kunst Haus Wien

Check out photographs from the 80s

Michael Horowitz

When: February 28 – April 13
Where: Albertina
Entry: tba

Michael Horowitz is a busy man. He is a Viennese journalist, author, publisher and has also been an active photographer since he was at school. His speciality until the end of the 80s was photographs of famous people. The Albertina invites you to enjoy an exhibition of Horowitz’s work during that period, with a heavy focus on the cultural life of Vienna.

Recommended if you like: photographs from the previous century, the Albertina, the cultural life of Vienna, famous people from the 80s, analog photography

Check out an exhibition that makes you think

Gelebt. Ingeborg Strobl

When: March 6 – July 26
Where: MUMOK
Entry: tba

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!

Steve Reinke. Butter

When: March 6 –  June 21
Where: mumok
Entry: free for children and young persons under 19, otherwise 9,50€ – 13€. Get your tickets!

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

Getting to know inventive architecture

Balkrishna Doshi. Architecture for the People

When: March 26 – June 29
Where: Architekturzentrum 
Entry: 7–9€

Did you know that houses can grow? Well, the ones on show here at least are called ‘growing houses’. You can find out more about this interesting concept at the Architekturzentrum, which has an exhibition dedicated to the Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi, who focuses on social and experimental housing and designs inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s teachings. The starting date is March 26th. 

Recommended if you like: architecture, housing that covers people’s needs, inventive ideas, the Architekturzentrum, inventions that are useful

Spend less time thinking of what to do and more time making the most out of this city!

Check out our Week and Weekend guide for more event tips!

We know that on some days and nights in Vienna, it can be difficult knowing what’s happening around the city, and making a choice of what events you shouldn’t be missing out on. That’s why, every week, we put in hours of research to put together event guides full of things to do that we know you’ll love.

Be sure to check it out! If you think we’re missing any important parties happening every week, drop us a message on Facebook, Instagram, or the good old, old-school way, via mail.

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