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Marvel at these formative and iconic artists and paintings from Austrian artists

THE BEGINNING. ART IN AUSTRIA, 1945 TO 1980

At the Albertina Modern Museum, you can witness on its walls the art that came out of talented Austrian artists when the country’s scene was coming-of-age, all the way back to 1980. This is a fascinating exhibition that serves as a history lesson in the way of Austria and art.

Image © Rupert Steiner

 

Marvel at the works of Andy Warhol at mumok

ANDY WARHOL EXHIBITS. a glittering alternative

Starting September 25th, you can admire a broad selection of the works from the king of Pop Art, Andy Warhol, at mumok!

So, you won’t spend your time only looking at the famous can of tomato soup, or the iconic, Marylin Monroe, but actually get to see things you might haven’t seen before from Warhol. 

The year's best photojournalism in one exhibition – powerful stuff!

World Press Photo Exhibition 2020 in Vienna

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 will be displaying attention-grabbing photos at Westlicht gallery. The poignant, moving images that are always guaranteed at this exhibition of photojournalism’s greatest shots of the year, can be seen by anyone whose interest is remotely peaked in photography. Don’t be surprised if you leave with tears in your eyes, or full of inspiration.

 

Learn why past problems helped present situations

Stories of Traumatic Pasts

The differences of how the traumas of war has struck the Congo, Austria and what was once Yugoslavia, will be put in focus at the Weltmuseum Wien throughout the duration of this moving exhibition. You will be able to witness and hear the stories of the traumatised victims that lived through these dangerous times that have transpired in theses respective parts of the world since the 1990s. To find out more about the program, check out their website!

Image © Monique Mbeka Phoba

 

See the realities of when art meets climate change 

Nach uns die Sintflut

This art exhibit at Kunst Haus Wien aims to reveal the beautiful lands and seas the earth has created, and how they’re being harmed thanks to humans mistreating them. Works of many artists will be displayed in the middle of Vienna’s first green museum. The melted ice caps and rising sea levels may disturb you at first, but that’s exactly what art is meant to do. We should all look at it, and not look away.

To find out the details of the program visit their website and check out this video!

 

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

100 BESTE PLAKATE 19

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.

 

© MAK/Georg Mayer

 

Schedule this art-filled exhibit into your calendar!

INSPIRATION BEETHOVEN

The many levels of inspiration Beethoven left on artists, like Gustav Klimt and Alfred Roller, can be seen at this exhibition housed in the Leopold Museum up until April 4.

Art inspires artists and vice versa, so it comes as no surprise that some of Klimt’s notable works were in honour of the honourable German composer. Until the spring of 2021, you can learn about the artist’s multi-faceted works and how they paved the way for the Viennese art scene’s turn of the century. The exhibit might even inspire you to pick up a brush & canvas and go crazy.

 

Watch this author break down her entire life on stage

TRAGÖDIENBASTARD

In cooperation with the theatre, the Schauspielhaus, Ewelina Benbenek has put together a production that looks at the themes of migration, socialisation, and finding your place in a place that doesn’t really seem to want you.

The author’s piece isn’t just another play where you sit, clap at the right moments, and leave, but one that will reveal a real life migrant’s story that most probably will open your eyes. Seems heavy, but the storyline was just enough to lead the premiere to be sold out. Check out their website to snatch up your ticket before they’re all gone!

 

Walk on the wild side on this street art adventure in the city

Gratis Street Art Tour

Every Saturday of the month until October 31st, Prime Tours will be taking you on a spray-tastic street art tour around some of Vienna’s notorious art on buildings. With your guide to..well, guide you, you’ll be seeing works from Skirl, Stinkfish, Nychos, and many more.

On top of keeping track of all the unique street artist names, you’ll also learn close-up what the real difference between street art and vandalism is. The event is free, but don’t forget to register on their website to ensure your spot! 

Let someone else entertain your kids for a while at Kunsthalle Wien

Space for Kids. Denk(dir)mal!

This one goes out to all the parents who are actually kind of sick of playing the same board games over and over again with their kids (even though you would never admit that).

Instead of slowly (but surely) losing your mind by doing the same thing over and over again, you could check out this hands–on exhibition for kids happening at Kunsthalle Wien throughout the month of October. It’s all about memorials and history! If an exhibition doesn’t seem to be enough: your kids can also take part in workshops on Saturdays and during the autumn holidays!

 

Watch this futuristic play from the past

Fahrenheit 451 von Ray Bradbury

In the theater house, TAG, the classic by Ray Bradbury will be portrayed by Jens Claßen as he takes on the lead of Guy Montag.

Throughout the weeks of October and November, you’ll have the chance to see a performance of Bradbury’s dystopian tale about mind control and how f***ed up government control can be.

The novel explains how the digital age has changed the character’s lives negatively and those behind the scenes pulled a parallel to our modern times. They’ve even added cool visuals, sound- and tech-effects on stage. Get your tickets via the event’s Facebook page, along with the program! 

 

Sing along to some traditional & modern Austrian tunes

WIEN IM ROSENSTOLZ

For the whole of October, the stage of Theater Spittelberg will be introducing a variety of artists performing that infamous typical Viennese charm in the form of music.

Over 20 musicians, bands, and trios will be performing as part of the so-called Wien im Rosenstolz. There will be Sir Tralala and his “I can’t believe what I’m listening to”-kind of music and other musicians like Der Nino aus Wien and Tanzgaiga to show you the basic steps to the Weana Tanz (Wiener Tanz)!

 

Tilt your head slightly while looking at these (fur)real images of humans

Deborah Sengl. Eyes Wide Shot

You can see Deborah Spengl’s complex thoughts in her paintings and artwork hanging on the walls of Gallerie Reinthaler’s vitrines at the moment.

Before you get ahead of yourself, the artist’s work isn’t a homage to the ‘Dogs playing poker’ painting we all know and find comical. Her paintings are more of a social critique of today’s massive online consumption. But why animals you ask? Because we’re using smart devices so much they have become our best friends and Deborah is clearly not cool with that.

Marvel at a unique art collection

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

The married couple Hahnloser–Bühler shared a passion in collecting art, which has resulted in them owning the most important private collection of French Modernist art around. Hahnloser? More like Hahnwinner!! Starting February 22nd, you will be able to admire their collection at the Albertina, including works from the big names of art – Van Gogh, Cézanne, Matisse and Hodler.

Check out an exhibition that makes you think

Gelebt. Ingeborg Strobl

Some things are easier to ignore, or block out, than to deal with it. The art of Ingeborg Strobl challenges the viewer as it places the hard truth to looks at front and centre, and forces a reaction.

Her art is full of social criticism, especially regarding consumerism and the madness of mass production. Are you ready for this?

Experience this artist's first-ever solo exhibition!

Steve Reinke. Butter

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 happening until October 26. It would go beyond the limitations 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!

Catch this exhibition of epic views from an Austrian painter

Herbert Brandl

Austrian painter, Herbert Brandl, is one of the most important ambassadors of Neo-Expressionism. He produces large-format works, celebrated alongside the most successful contemporary painters in Austria.

The majority of his paintings are landscapes, with a particular focus on the monumentality of mountains-capes. This exhibition at Belvedere 21 showcases the work he has produced over the past two decades, including pieces created especially for this show.

Picture © Markus Wörgötter 

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

Hundertwasser – Schiele; Imagine tomorrow

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 this rather special exhibition. The Leopold Museum will be displaying pieces by both artists and trying to prove the similarities and connections between them.

The exhibition will be showing from February 2nd to 10 Janruary 2021. If you are into art, it’d be highly bonkers not to go!

A fascinating photo exhibition revealing Austria and South Bavaria from underneath

Emil Wrbata “Blitzlicht in der Unterwelt”

In mediaeval times, underground caves – or let’s call them erdstalls (because we’re professional like that) – were built and nobody really knows why. At the gallery, Photoinstitut Bonartes, you can get a glimpse of super old photographs of said mysterious erdstalls located in the area from Lower Austrian to South Bavaria. The Photographer behind those pictures, Emil Wrbata, was the first head of the photographer’s salon of the Viennese Police, which was founded in 1898, as he was also a crime scene photographer.

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

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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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