When: September 18 – November 11 Where: Galerie Reinthaler Entry: free
This is an exhibition dedicated to nature in its purest form, as seen by the artist, Tina Ribarits. She goes deep into the wild to capture her pics’, which come out in many forms, from photos, to illustrations, videos, graphics and other installations.
Recommended if you like: small galleries, niche exhibitions, nature, wilderness, interactive exhibitions, the artist presenting her art
When: September 20–January 6 Where:Albertina Entry: 11€ aged under 26, 16€ aged 26+, buy a ticket
We recently tried to draw an elephant and, even though we’ve seen elephants, it ended up looking like the concept art for The Human Centipede (i.e. not good). Which makes the fact that painter & printmaker extraordinaire, Albrecht Dürer, once drew a very life-like rhinoceros, based only on a WRITTEN DESCRIPTION, make us want to cry in shame. Anyway, the Albertina have a very special treat for all you artsy fartsy people – they’re showing a once-in-a-century exhibition of this master artist’s work. They’ve gathered more of his works (over 200) than have been seen together in one exhibition for decades.
Recommended if you like: illustration, prints, painting, art, swanning around galleries in a scarf even if it’s hot, once in a lifetime events, culture, seeing art so good it makes you want to smash your crayons.
When: September 6 – December 1 Where:Albertina Entry: 14€
To mark the hundredth birthday of the late Maria Lassnig (1919-2014), the Albertina museum is dedicating an exhibition to the Austrian artist. She’s known for her self-portratis and the act of making her body-consciousness visible. The exhibit’s on until December 1.
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
When: September 6 – October 20, 11am–7pm Where:Westlicht Entry: 7€ (5€ reduced)
This exhibit is even in the calendars of those that hardly ever step foot in a gallery. With around 100 exhibitions around the world annually, the World Press Photo exhibition is the most popular traveling photo event in the world. And the poignant, moving images that are always guaranteed at this display of photojournalism’s greatest shots of the year, can be seen until the second half of October in Vienna’s Westlicht gallery. Don’t be surprised if you leave with tears in your eyes, or full of inspiration.
Recommended if you like: understanding the world a little better, pictures that say more than words, a picture speaks a thousand words, photo journalism, playing caption competitions with your exhibition buddy, being moved and inspired
Lucy Kirkwood is one of the hottest young playwrights in the UK. Her play, Chimerica, about the ‘Tank Man’ photographer during the Tiananmen Square protests won awards and has since been turned into a TV series. She followed this up with the play, The Children, a more sombre affair, and nominated for various Tony awards when it featured on Broadway. Vienna’s English Theatre is now bringing their own version to the stage. It’s about a couple of retired nuclear engineers in a remote cottage on the British East coast. An old friend unexpectedly turns up at their door, disrupting everything…
Recommended if you like: the theeeeaatre daaahling, theatre productions, stroking your chin, being the one looking through those little binoculars no one else uses at the theatre, watching tense things unfold, having a more cultured Tinder profile than everyone else (and therefore never getting any matches).
In 1969, Viennese photographer, Michael Horowitz, accompanied rising Pop art icon, Kiki Kogelnik, in New York. Born in Carinthia and considered Austria’s most important Pop-related artist, Kogelnik was 26-yearsold at the time she started her promising career, and she was already friends with Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
This wild and wonderful exhibition will showcase photos taken on this trip by Horowitz during which the two explored museums, performed quirky acts on construction sites, and in Kiki’s apartment.
Recommended if you like: exploring photography, Andy Warhol, Pop art, taking the camera you bought at a fleamarket out for a stroll, practising your pensive face in front of the mirror, getting inspired by art, learning about Vienna’s past creatives.
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.
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
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
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
When: May 29 – October 6 Where: MAK 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
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
When: May 25 – October 26 Where: Mumok Entry: 12€, check all prices
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
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
When: since March 16 Where: Leopoldmuseum Entry: 8–14€, check details
“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”
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