All the best culture and art events happening in Vienna right NOW - Vienna Würstelstand

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

July 15, 2019

All the best culture
and art events
happening in Vienna
right now

July 15, 2019

Vienna Würstelstand's says

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:

Exhibition of the local hot young things in the photography world

Favoriten (22)

When: July 16 – August 10, 12pm–6pm
Where: OstLicht. Galerie für Fotografie
Entry: TBD

This exhibition features, you guessed it, 22 hot new talents in the world of photography. The latest graduates of the Schule Friedl Kubelka für künstlerische Photographie promise to give your grey matter a real workout through the medium of rectangular images on a wall (yes, we’re talking photography). The opening event on Tuesday, July 16th, will include live music and a DJ. The exhibition will be on until August 10.

Recommended if you like: expanding your mind, telling people you discovered things first, growing a goatie just to stroke it, getting inspired by art, exploring photography, being a hip young thing

Picture © David Schermann

Ever been to the Impulstanz Festival? Catch a glimpse of what it´s all about

Exhibition: Come on! Dance with me

When: TUE, July 16, 6pm–10pm
Where: Ostlicht
Entry: free!

Karolina Miernik and Emilia Milewska will be presenting their selection of photos illustrating the history and all the wonderful moments of the Impulstanz Festival throughout the years. At the exhibition, you’ll surely learn what this beloved festival is all about.

Recommended if you like: dancing, watching others dance, photo exhibitions, the relationship between light and shadows, Impultanz

July’s all about dance

ImPulsTanz – Vienna International Dance Festival 2019

When: July 11 – August 11
Where: various locations in Vienna
Entry: varies, get them here

If your feet are tired from all that party-hopping, we suggest enjoying someone else’s dance performance. The ImpulsTanz Festival is definitely one of our cultural highlights every year: At different locations around the city, you can visit edgy dance performances and workshops (!) from some of the best dancers from all over the world. Allow yourself to be drawn into the magical world of dance, and we’re sure you won’t regret it.

PLUS! Don’t miss the after parties at the Burgtheater Vestibül, or Kasino am Schwarzenbergplatz have reached legendary status – they are free and you get to rub shoulders and booties with the artists of the shows on the dance floor.

Stay informed with our weekend what to do guides; and also be sure not to miss the opening party on July 11.

We also recommend… checking out the workshops offered throughout the festival – they’re affordable, incredibly diverse and inviting for beginners to advanced dancers. Check out the website for details.

Recommended if you like: partying in unique locations, Impulstanz parties, quality free parties, summer parties, getting to know some new dance steps while a little tipsy, singing in the shower, dancing until the early hours of the morning, dance performances

Picture © Jork Weismann, Performer Mani Obeya

Look book nerds! It’s a literature festival!

o-töne Literaturfest im Museumsquarter

When: July 11 – August 29, check exact dates on their website
Where: MQ – Museumsquartier
Entry: free!

The ö-tONE literature festival will take place within the Museumsquartier for over a month, starting in the middle of July. The festival will shine a light on several Austrian contemporary literature writers and show the great diversity of authors in our small, cute country. Readings will take place on eight selected dates throughout summer. For detailed info on the festival programme, check out the website.

Recommended if you like: readings, better understanding the Austrian soul, getting more books for the old book list, having the best intentions of reading stuff but never really finding the time, hunting down a wee snippet before you commit to buying a book

Learn more about the melting of glaciers at this climate change themed exhibition

MELTDOWN. A Visualization of Climate Change

When: June 5–September 1
Where: Naturhistorisches Museum
Entry: 12€, buy a ticket

Perhaps a climate science denier might start to waver on their views if they experienced this Vienna summer, what with its hot hot heat, brief and crazy hailstorm intermissions, followed by more crippling heat. Vienna’s Natural History Museum (Naturhistorisches Museum) is currently showing an exhibition to highlight climate change, specifically the vanishing of glaciers, through the medium of art. Created by climate change charity, Project Pressure, it shows the impact of glacier loss through a variety of media.

Recommended if you like: being greener than a bunch of Schnittlauch, thinking about ice in the summer, telling people to watch Greta Thunberg’s TED talk, thinking outside the box, being socially active

Picture © Norfolk+Thymann

Go see an exhibition on communism at Mumok

Nikita Kadan. Project of Ruins

When: June 27 – October 6
Where: Mumok
Entry: 12/9/8€, check all prices, here

Nikita Kadan’s exhibition at Mumok will be taking a nostalgic look at the present-day state of monuments and statues that were erected to celebrate the various liberation movements made by the communist party. The rich and complicated history in this region of the world offers the perfect setting for an exhibition exploring such a topic by this Kiev-born artist.

Recommended if you like: looking at tough topics through another lens, the history and present-day image of communism, contemporary art, discussing the current state of affairs, learning more about communism, Mumok

Go see an exhibition showcasing women’s art

Female – lebt und arbeitet in Wien

When: June 26 – July 31
Where: Galerie Rudolf Leeb
Entry: free!

You’ve got a little over a month to get yourself out of the house and over to see this exhibition on life and work in Vienna which will showcase various female artists’ work at Galerie Rudolf Leeb. Your eyes need a little something to feast on now and again and we say this will be quite the treat for those baby blue eyes of yours. Or brown. Or whatever color your eyes are. Just get out to see this great exhibition!

Recommended if you like: treating your eyes, exhibitions which showcase female artists, learning about life through art, skipping work so you can go to an exhibition about people working (irony), Galerie ARCC

Go to an exhibition on how photography got its big start


When: June 28–September 22
Where: Albertina
Entry: 16€, get your tickets, here

Back before everyone had a smart phone that could take 3 million photos a minute (rough number), there was a time when photography was the next big thing. This exhibition at the Albertina will present the history of photography as an artistic medium. Learn how photography got its big start!

Recommended if you like: photography, learning about the history of artistic mediums, taking 3 million pictures on your phone, selfies as an art form, filling your brain with information, Albertina

Get a dose of Hans Hollein unpacked: The Haas-Haus

Hans Hollein: The Haas House

When: June 12 – August 19, 2019
Where: Architekturzentrum Wien
Entry: 9€

Austrian star architect, Hans Hollein, and his work is being exhibited at the Architecture Center this summer and the center piece of this exhibition will be the famous Haas House, one of Vienna’s most controversial buildings of modern architecture (it’s the mirror like building across from Stephansdom, that really stands out within the Stephansplatz). Here’s our chance to learn about the history and conception of this landmark building and impress our friends with some insider knowledge next time the famous square serves as a meeting point.

Recommended if you like: architecture, Austrian architects, buildings, getting inspired by art, knowing the story behind, insider info, knowing nerdy details about the city

Picture © Archive Hans Hollein, Az W and MAK, Vienna

Have your mind blown at this exhibition at MAK

Uncanny Values

When: May 29–Oct 6
Where: MAK – museum of applied arts
Entry: 12€, check all prices, here

18 international artists and designers came together to create this exhibition at MAK that will be an experience with A.I. in the flesh (er… so to speak). Go through the museum with this sensory interaction with different uses of A.I. and learn first hand how technical advances are changing (and could change in the future) our experiences in the world.

Recommended if you like: advances in A.I. technology, experiencing A.I. in person, robots that think, movies where the robots kill everyone, exciting exhibitions that were made by many collaborating international artists and designers, MAK

Check out this visionary festival

Vienna Biennale for Change 2019

When: May 29 – October 6
Where: various locations in Vienna

You keep saying you’re going to check out what’s on at this diverse festival of thought, and you should be sure to act on it this summer. Grab yourself a program for the Vienna Biennale 2019 as soon as you can and start planning in the many talks, exhibitions and other cool stuff this 4-month festival has to offer. The theme this year is ‘BRAVE NEW VIRTUES. Shaping Our Digital World.’. Check the festival calendar to see what they’re up to.

Recommended if you like: art biennales, the Viennese art scene, live concerts at the museum, party evenings with artsy people

Enjoy Nitsch’s artwork at this exhibition in the Albertina

NITSCH. Spaces of Color

When: May 17 – June 11, 11pm–5am
Where: Albertina
Entry: 16€, check all prices here

Check out this exhibition in one of Vienna’s loveliest museums, the Albertina. The title is Spaces of Color, and you’ll find some of Hermann Nitsch’s most interesting artwork inspired by actionism & multimediality. It’ll be the kind of thing you can brag about to your friends. Just say it really nonchalantly: “yea, so I saw something interesting at the Albertina the other day…” It impresses people every time. For further information on the exhibition, click here.

Recommended if you like: admiring the beauty of color, performance art, acting like you have a clue about art, realizing you don’t need to have a clue about art to enjoy art, bragging to your friends, wearing glasses even when you don’t need them Hermann Nitsch

Culture yourself at this art exhibition at Mumok


When: May 25–Oct 26
Where: Mumok
Entry: 12€, check all prices, here

Get a little dizzy at this exhibition at Mumok which will test your sense of what is up and what is down. In the exhibition titled, Vertigo, there will be vibrating, swirling, and pulsating pieces that will have you asking yourself if it’s actually you that’s dizzy or if it’s the walls that are dizzy and you’re actually just standing perfectly grounded on the floor. Think about that one for a while…and then get to Mumok before this exhibition ends in October.

Recommended if you like: art exhibitions that make you dizzy, testing your senses, maybe falling over a little in public, exhibitions that pulsate – that’s right, we said it, Mumok

Feast your eyes on these two photo exhibitions

Über Leben am Land & Future Scenarios

When: March 23 – August 25
Where: Kunst Haus Wien
Entry: 12€

Kunst Haus Wien is currently hosting two photo exhibitions. One exhibition is about rural living which makes us want to kick our boots off and walk around bare foot. The other exhibition is about climate change and what may or may not happen to our climate in the future. Which makes us want to put our shoes back on. You know, just to be safe. Treat your eyes and check out these exhibitions.

Recommended if you like: photography, photo exhibitions, taking your shoes off, putting your shoes back on just in case, climate change, rural living, doing something really cultured that you can brag about later, Kunst Haus Wien

Check out this exhibition displaying the 20th century through art

WIEN 1900 | Aufbruch in die Moderne

When: March 16–June 16
Where: Leopoldmuseum
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”

See an exhibition on the use of patterns in design

Pattern and Decoration – Mumok

When: February 23 – September 8
Where: Mumok
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

Get sucked in by some stories on the big screen under the stars

Catch a film under the starry night sky

Open air cinemas are one of the highlights of the summer season in this city. No more pondering for movie lovers on whether to stay in or head out. Open air cinemas offer those who get their tan from a movie screen a great way to spend an evening outside. Vienna offers a variety of open air cinemas, each screening a different flavour of film.

And the good news is: many of them are free! Take a look at our guide to where the open air cinemas are popping up in Vienna!

Recommended if you like: the sound of the trumpet, being a film fanatic, using movie quotes in conversations, having summer experiences in Vienna

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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