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Colorful tiles on the roof of St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna
Wien, Blick auf das MuseumsQuartier
© WienTourismus/ Christian Stemper

Vienna 2016: Imperial & Contemporary

Wien, Blick auf das MuseumsQuartier
© WienTourismus/ Christian Stemper

The Hofburg and Schönbrunn Palace were central to his power. Emperor Franz Joseph was born in Schönbrunn in 1830, he governed here and in the Hofburg beginning in 1848, and he died in the Palace in 1916. To mark the 100th anniversary of his death, exhibitions that look at the life and works of the emperor, including the construction Vienna's Ringstrasse, will take place between 16 March and 27 November 2016 in Schönbrunn Palace, the Imperial Furniture Collection and in Niederweiden Palace (Lower Austria).

Man & Monarch – Schönbrunn Palace

  • Mar. 16-Nov. 27, 2016, Schönbrunn Palace, Schönbrunner Schlossstrasse, 1130 Vienna,

Hunting & Recreation – Schloss Niederweiden (Lower Austria)

  • Mar .16-Nov. 27, 2016, Schloss Niederweiden, Niederweiden, 2292 Engelhartstetten,

Festivities & Everyday Life – Imperial Furniture Collection

Where imperial and contemporary meet in Vienna

It is the connection between the imperial and the modern that makes Vienna so unique today. The best example of this is the city's MuseumsQuartier (MQ). Originally erected in Baroque style to house the emperor's horses, it is now one of the world's largest and most modern art complexes. The MQ will celebrate its 15th anniversary in 2016. Both located in the MQ, mumok – museum of modern art ludwig foundation vienna and the Kunsthalle Wien present contemporary art at the highest level.

The Hundertwasser House in Vienna is one of Austria’s architectural highlights. The house designed by Friedensreich Hundertwasser draws visitors from around the world.

The colorfully decorated exterior façade of Hundertwasser House in Vienna draws attention to itself almost magically. Anyone who lives in the Hundertwasser House also has the right to decorate the façade around the windows entirely to their own taste. More than 200 trees and shrubs on the balconies and roof terraces make the Hundertwasser House a green oasis in the heart of the city. The Hundertwasser House can only be viewed from outside. However, a few hundred meters from the Hundertwasser House in Vienna is the Kunst Haus Wien, which is home to a permanent Hundertwasser exhibition. In 2016 it celebrates its 25th birthday.

As is typical of Hundertwasser houses, hardly a straight line is to be found here either. Changing exhibitions of other artists are also shown on around 1,600 square meters of exhibition space.

  • Hundertwasser House, Kegelgasse 34-38, 1030 Wien
  • Kunst Haus Wien, Museum Hundertwasser, Untere Weißgerberstraße 13 , 1030 Wien,

In autumn each year, Vienna becomes the center of contemporary art, when the art fairs viennacontemporary and Viennafair as well as the Vienna Art Week are on the program. Contemporary design is also in the spotlight in Vienna: the Vienna Design Week will take place for the tenth time in 2016.

Vienna proves that the old imperial and modern contemporary are not mutually exclusive. On the contrary.

Market Manager Middle East

Vienna Tourist Board
Sonja Ishak
Tel. (+ 43 1) 211 14-352

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