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 right now in Vienna:
A month long variety show in support of Refugees
When: November 5–December 6
Where: Various Locations around Vienna
Entry: Please check locations as prices vary
The Autumnal charity event is back and it’s bigger than ever! As with the people it supports, the events on offer are as beautiful as they are varied, ranging from poetry slams to cabaret. Whatever tickles your fancy, there is something for you, and best of all you can support the cause of the Ute Bock Foundation. Have a look at the full line–up here.
Recommended if you like: variety as a life spice, clubbing, cabaret, concerts, literature, poetry slams, theatre, doing your bit for a good cause, getting refugees off the streets, sticking it to the man (or government),
Amateur production of the Christmas Classic
When: December 1–22, 7:30pm–10pm
Where: KIP, Kunst im Prückel
Entry: 10–30€ check tickets out, here
Keeping up tradition this December is the Open House Theatre, who take on the mantle of performing the classic story from Dickens on stage, A Christmas Carol. Kicking off this Saturday, but running for a few weeks, the Dickens classic has been on the Vienna calendar for 30 years and acts as the perfect thing to get you in the mood for Christmas (if the snow and the Christmas markets failed to do so), especially as on the 7th and 8th there will be carol singing and Punsch beforehand! Oh, and did we mention the play is in English?
Recommended if you like: going to the theatre, classics on stage, British Classic books, Dickens, the Muppet Christmas Carol, all them ghosts, small theatre productions, doing something a bit different, family nights out, entertaining the little snot factories
Get in the mood for a dinner of mussels at the NhM
When: WED, December 12, 6pm–9pm
Where: Naturhistorisches Museum
Entry: 55€ (incl. museum entrance), get your tickets here
It’s a mussel dinner in the Natural History Museum and we all know what mussels get us in the mood for… intercourse… of the most intellectual kind, over various historical topics, of course. For the next few months, you can enjoy a meal of fish specialities and seafood under the impressive dome of the Natural History Museum. The price includes a look around the museum. Don’t miss a guided tour to the rooftop of the world…well, actually just the museum!
Recommended if you like: mussels, intellectual intercourse, fish specialities, seafood, slurping, wearing a bib for grown-ups, the Natural History Museum, rows and rows of animal species, dinosaurs, rooftop tours, fancy dinners in impressive buildings
A fascinating exhibition of a Georgian painter @ the Albertina
When: Daily until January 27th 2019
Entry: 14€ Adults (11€ students)
One of this seasons’ highlights in the Albertina is the Georgian painter, Niko Pirosmani. In the words of the curators: he’s the ‘avant-garde’s hero to be discovered.’ Born in Georgia under Russian rule, he spent his life as a nomadic artist, hopping from one tavern to another, painting pictures in exchange for somewhere to sleep and a warm meal. That’s why his work is scattered across taverns in Georgia and Russia! With his own style, this autodidact brings to life motifs from his native Georgia, its people and their traditions. The exhibit is on in the Albertina until January!
Recommended if you like: getting to know new painters, an afternoon of strolling in the Albertina, avant-garde painters, winter motifs, being inspired by art
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.
Magnificent street photography out of New York
When: October 12 – January 27
Entry: 14€ (11€ yound adults under 26)
In case you haven’t heard of here, Helen Levitt was a street photographer who captured through the lens the heart of New York. By ‘heart’ we mean she ventured into Harlem, the Bronx, the Lower East side and captured pictures of the people and stories that occupied the streets of this buzzing city. And the result? Some poignant black and white photography that reveals a lot about the human spirit and struggle in this city.
© Photo courtesy of Helen Levitt
Exhibition at the Kunsthistorisches Museum: 450th anniversary of Dutch grand artist
When: October 2 – January 13
Where: Kunsthistorisches Museum
Bruegel, ‘the Elder’ as he was known, was a 16th century Dutch artist who arrived at a time of much socio–political and economic change in Europe. His drawings reflect the effect these massive changes had on normal day to day society in an almost cheeky and humorous way, while also highlighting the hardship of social conditions in a dark comedic, almost tragic, way.
With paintings as old as 450 years, it’s obvious that the fragile inventory rarely travels, so this makes it a very unique occasion to visit all these masterpieces in one place. The queues that formed up in the days following the opening prove that locals and tourists alike are eager to see Bruegel’s first ever major monograph exhibition.
100 years of Austria in pictures
When: Daily, until February 2019, 10am–7pm
Entry: 12/9€ (other deals available check here)
In this photo-journey you’ll find yourself following how all the above in the title developed in Austria from the year 1918 to the present day. The aim is to put the last 100 years of history into a visual format, using the MUMOK’s own collection, and they’ll be filling in the gaps with a few borrowed numbers from various Austrian institutes.
Recommended if you like: photo journalism, using photos to tell stories, you only read books if it has got pictures in it, learning the history of the country where you live, going over your own history, visualisation
Claude Monet will be hanging around (get it?) at the Albertina until 2019
When: the exhibition is on until January 6, 2019
The largest Monet exhibition in Austria in more than 20 years is happening in the Albertina at the moment. If you want to get your own glimpse of the water lilies, this your chance. This French Impressionist is considered a big deal and is loved in the art world for a reason, and for a limited time only, you can check out a big chunk of his work at the Albertina.
Recommended if you like: Claude Monet, Impressionism, French artists, Albertina, big freakin’ exhibitions, floral arrangements, weeping willows, lots of colour, impressing people with your weekend plans, gorgeous museums
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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.
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