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Vienna Media News 7/2013 Contemporary art in Vienna

The Kunsthalle Wien in the MuseumsQuartier is one of the most popular contemporary art galleries in Europe, welcoming in excess of two million visitors since it first opened its doors in 1992. The mumok (Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien), which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012 and is also located at the MQ, is home to a collection of more than 9,600 works, making it the largest museum of modern and contemporary art in Central Europe. It also owns the world's largest museum collection of works of Viennese Actionism. Even a gallery as traditional as the Kunsthistorisches Museum manages to find space for modern art, regularly inviting international artists to participate in exhibitions and work on special commissions that tie in with leading positions in art history and pieces in the museum's wider collection.

The 21er Haus is one of the new faces on the capital's contemporary art scene. Operated by the Belvedere Palace, this gallery opened in fall 2011. Here, the focus is on presenting 20th and 21st century Austrian art in relation to its broader international context. Francesca Habsburg's Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21) art foundation has been in residence at the former Ambrosi Museum in the Augarten park since May 2012. The new TBA21 - Augarten acts as a laboratory for art, design and creativity. An art cluster is gradually coming together at the old Ankerbrot-Fabrik building in the tenth district. In 2009 the Hilger Modern Contemporary gallery opened its HilgerBROTkunsthalle ( offshoot at the former bread factory, which it also shares with OstLicht ( and Anzenberger Gallery (, both of which focus on photography. Deutsche Pop (a private academy for the music industry and the media), various music and dance initiatives, as well as artists' workshops have all taken up residence in the complex.

Vienna's gallery scene is also on an upward trajectory at the moment. The established exhibition spaces in the old town were recently joined by new hotspots in Eschenbachgasse near the Academy of Fine Arts, and Schleifmühlgasse in the fourth district, just a short hop from Naschmarkt. The highly creative seventh district is another place with a wide selection of interesting contemporary art galleries to its name. And the Servitenviertel section of the ninth district, comprising the streets leading off Servitengasse, is also taking on a distinctly artistic flavor, with a number of new studios and a gallery setting up shop in the area over the past few years. The Association of Austrian Modern Art Galleries provides an overview of all the latest exhibitions in the capital on its website (


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