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Vienna: A City of Contemporary Art and History

Austria's capital, Vienna boasts a prestigious intellectual and artistic heritage, and a sophisticated contemporary art scene. Home to Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Adolf Loos, not to mention Mozart, Beethoven, and Freud, this European cultural hub on the Danube teems with prominent historical and contemporary art institutions set amidst the 13th-century imperial palace of the Habsburgs and early-20th-century Art Nouveau landmarks.

The cultural past and present of Vienna are respectively encapsulated in the locations of the Museums Quartier, where the museums that house much of Vienna's historical art collections can be found, and the Brotfabrik (the former Anker Bread Factory), where various contemporary art institutions are gathered to form the powerhouse of Vienna's art scene.

Austria and Europe's art heritage, from neo-classical to pop art can be traced through institutions such as the Leopold and Belvedere Museums, the Museums of Fine Arts and Applied Arts, the Secession building (with its iconic golden dome), Kunst Haus Wien, and mumok. Major institutions such as Kunsthalle Wien, in addition to 21er Haus, Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, and smaller galleries like Galerie Krinzinger provide support, inspiration, and exhibition space for Austrian and international contemporary artists in Vienna. Some galleries, such as Galerie nächst St. Stephan, have been supporting the avant-garde for many decades, while others are new to the scene.

Photography and design traditionally remain a strong interest in Vienna. A number of the galleries in the Brotfabrik (OstLicht, Anzenberger Gallery, Galerie Photon) focus on contemporary photography. Nonetheless, hosting the annual Vienna Contemporary international art fair, the city is exposed to and influenced by a range of international art trends. Held for a week in Autumn, the fair focuses on the art of Central Europe, enticing international collectors and artists alike.

Art on the streets of Vienna is also a common sight. Public art by Austrian and international artists ranging from sculpture to graffiti murals is scattered liberally around the public spaces of the city. Over the past 20 years international artists and leading Austrian masters have provided art for the U-bahn (the city's subway) in the form of mosaic murals, sculpture, and installation.

Image: Vienna, Austria. Photo: Pedro Szekely (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Featured Current Exhibitions In Vienna

Current Exhibition | Vienna
13 September–22 October 2022
Group Exhibition

SENSORY TALES | Curated by Rita Kálmán & Lívia Páldi

Krinzinger Schottenfeld View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Group Exhibition, Sensory Tales, Krinzinger Schottenfeld, Vienna (13 September–22 October 2022). Courtesy Galerie Krinzinger.
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, SENSORY TALES | Curated by Rita Kálmán & Lívia Páldi at Krinzinger Schottenfeld, Austria
Current Exhibition | Vienna
10 September–29 October 2022
Karen Kilimnik
Galerie Eva Presenhuber View Exhibition
© Karen Kilimnik. Courtesy Galerie Eva Presenhuber.
Contemporary art exhibition, Karen Kilimnik, Karen Kilimnik at Galerie Eva Presenhuber, Vienna, Austria
Current Exhibition | Vienna
9 September–22 October 2022
Maria Pinińska-Bereś

Meadow of Your Body

Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Maria Pinińska-Bereś, Meadow of your Body, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder (9 September–22 October 2022). Courtesy Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälde. Photo: Markus Wörgötter.
Contemporary art exhibition, Maria Pinińska-Bereś, Meadow of Your Body at Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna, Austria
Current Exhibition | Vienna
9 September–29 October 2022
Lucy McKenzie & Atelier E.B

Lucy McKenzie & Atelier E.B, curated by Karel Císař

MEYER*KAINER View Exhibition
Exhibition view: Lucy McKenzie & Atelier E.B, MEYER*KAINER, Vienna (9 September–29 October 2022). Courtesy MEYER*KAINER.
Contemporary art exhibition, Lucy McKenzie & Atelier E.B, Lucy McKenzie & Atelier E.B, curated by Karel Císař at MEYER*KAINER, Vienna, Austria
Current Exhibition | Vienna
8 September–5 October 2022
Hermann Nitsch

In Memoriam Editions 1982 - 2021

Galerie Krinzinger View Exhibition
Hermann Nitsch, Ohne Titel (2001). Print on cardboard. 60 x 94 cm. Courtesy Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna.
Contemporary art exhibition, Hermann Nitsch, In Memoriam Editions 1982 - 2021 at Galerie Krinzinger, Seilerstätte 16, Vienna, Austria
Current Exhibition | Vienna
8 September–29 October 2022
Jannis Varelas

Salted milk, the fire is Blue

Galerie Krinzinger View Exhibition
Jannis Varelas, The ice-cream tower (2022). Mixed media, 4K video installation. Dimensions variable. Courtesy Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna.
Contemporary art exhibition, Jannis Varelas, Salted milk, the fire is Blue at Galerie Krinzinger, Seilerstätte 16, Vienna, Austria

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