Vienna Media News 1/2014 VIDEO: 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 of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna), 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. The Kunsthistorisches Museum also has space set aside 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 in the second district 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. The Hilger Modern Contemporary gallery (www.hilger.at) opened its HilgerBROTkunsthalle and Hilger NEXT offshoots at the former bread factory, which it also shares with OstLicht (www.ostlicht.at) and Anzenberger Gallery (www.anzenbergergallery.com), 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. The Servitenviertel section of the ninth district, comprising the streets leading off Servitengasse, has also taken 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 (www.diegalerien.at).
Beside countless museums, galleries and off spaces, the capital’s annual key contemporary art calendar features a cast of perennial highlights such as Viennafair The New Contemporary (www.viennafair.at) at the Messe Wien (October), which presents contemporary art with a focus on Central, Eastern and Southern Europe. Around 120 galleries from 27 countries participate in the event. Meanwhile, Vienna Art Week (www.viennaartweek.at) sees leading art lovers and experts from all over the world descend on the city in November. A packed line-up of exhibitions, lectures, discussions with the artists, special guided tours, installations and performances ensure that Vienna is a mecca for fans of contemporary art.
We filmed at the following locations – our thanks go out to everyone for their kind support!
- 21er Haus, Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030 Vienna, www.21erhaus.at
- Galerie Hilger Next, Ankerbrotfabrik, Absberggasse 27/2, 1100 Vienna, www.hilger.at
- Galerie Steinek, Eschenbachgasse 4, 1010 Vienna, www.steinek.at
- Galerei Meyer Kainer, Eschenbachgasse 9, 1010 Vienna, www.meyerkainer.com
- Galerie Krobath, Eschenbachgasse 9, 1010 Vienna, www.galeriekrobath.at
- TBA21 - Augarten, Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 Vienna, www.tba21.org
- mumok - Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna, MuseumsQuartier, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna, www.mumok.at
- Ve.Sch - Verein für Raum und Form in der bildenden Kunst, Schikanedergasse 11, 1040 Vienna, www.vesch.org
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