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:
Get in the mood for a dinner of mussels at the NhM
When: Wednesdays throughout January & February, 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
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
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
Celebrating 100 years of Egon Schiele
When: September 28 – March 10
Where: Leopold Museum
Entry: 13€ (9€ students)
Egon Schiele is a rock star in terms of modernist painters. And his groupies are aplenty. And to honour one of the leading forces in the modernist movement, the Leopold Museum is currently presenting over 40 paintings and 180 works on paper by the very talented Austrian painter. This exhibition will tell the story of how the artist’s work developed, and how he was influenced by other great artists of this period. The museum’s founder, Rudolf Leopold, was a great admirer of Schiele’s radically expressive phase, so it’s more than apt that the gallery holds an exhibition in good old Egon’s name, especially as this year also marks the 100-year-anniversary of Schiele’s death.
Recommended if you like: politics and art mingling, watching historical documentaries on the couch while only wearing a bathrobe, getting all philosophical over a cup of coffee, art history books, practicing your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art
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
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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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