ART / INSTITUTIONS / MUSEUMS
Museumsplatz 1/5, 1070 Wien
The Museumsquartier is a cultural complex combining the baroque buildings of the old Summer Riding School with contemporary architecture. It comprises a variety of cultural institutions, ranging from the Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna (MUMOK) to the Kunsthalle Wien and the Leopold Museum. The Quartier 21, hosts a variety of smaller cultural institutions, open to the public. Also of interest might be a couple of shops, mostly run by Vienna’s young creatives.
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien
The Kunsthalle is Vienna’s largest exhibition venue for international contemporary art. In addition to the larger exhibition space at the Museumsquartier, there is a smaller project space at the Karlsplatz nearby.
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien
The MUMOK’s collection comprises modern and contemporary art, focussing on American Pop Art, Fluxus, Wiener Aktionismus and Minimal Art. The presentation of the collection is in steady flow- check their website for current shows and activities, such as lectures.
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien
Offers a range of programs on architecture and urban planning that is unique in Austria. Also take your time to have a break at the cafeteria Una which is frequented by the Museumsquartier-crowd.
Stubenring 5, 1010 Wien
This design museum mainly houses a collection of furniture from baroque to contemporary design, with a dazzling (and beautifully presented) variety of Thonet chairs. In addition, large-scale international contemporary art shows are presented in the rear part of the museum. MAK’s own library features a cozy reading room and is open on Sundays.
Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 Wien
The Albertina rightly claims to house one of the largest and most valuable collections of graphic art in the world, dating back to the 200-year old collection of Duke Albert of Sachsen-Coburg. The emphasis is on Old Masters Drawings ranging from Dürer and Michelangelo to Rembrandt and Rubens. The Modern Collection includes drawings by Manet and Cezanne as well as Austrian Modern Classics Klimt, Schiele and Kokoschka.
Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 Wien
Visiting the Secession is treading classic Austrian Avantgarde ground. The “Association of Visual Artists Vienna Secession” was founded in 1897 as the world’s first independent artists’ gallery. Joseph Olbrich’s stirking white cube building was completeted a year later. The Secession is still exlusively artist-run, with a very ambitious exhibition programme of international contemporary art.
Karlsplatz 5, 1010 Wien
The Künstlerhaus is focusing on architecture, interdisciplinary theme-exhibitions and international cooperations. Great group shows, fantastic examples of exhibition architecture, such as the propellerz (www.propellerz.at) contributions to the “stealing eyeballs” and “fast forward” shows.
Wiedner Hauptstraße 15, 1040 Wien
Funded by the Generali Austria Group, the Generali Foundation houses an ambitious collection of contemporary art with an emphasis on media art from the 60ies, and temporary shows of international contemporary art. Generali Foundation houses a well arranged library and a study room, as well as a sophisticated programme of lectures and talks accompanying the exhibitions.
Wiedner Hauptstraße 15, 1040 Wien
Opened in 1995, this exhibition venue funded by the Austrian Bawag bank houses an interesting programme of contemporary art shows.
An der Donau, Au 1, 3400 Klosterneuburg
Housed in the relatively new exhibition building by Austrian architect Heinz Tesar, the collection of Karl Heinz and Agnes Essl is one of the biggest private art collections. First concentrated on contemporary Austrian painting, they now show international European and American art in a variety of media.
Fünfhausgasse 5, 1150 Wien
Mainly an institution for the documentation of the production and presentation of contemporary art, the basis wien provides, among others, a database on Austrian art that is accessible online.
Dorotheergasse 17, 1010 Wien
A traditional Austrian auction house, with several locations in Vienna. In this main building, you find nearly everything from antique furniture and baroque art to vintage jewellery, with both regular auctions and various sale areas with more affordable objects.
Wiener Kunst Auktionen, Palais Kinsky
Freyung 4, 1010 Wien
Telephone: +43 1 532 42 00
ART / MAGAZINES
Vienna’s weekly released city magazine – we cannot live or plan our days without it. The art section is very informative, offering short reviews on a wide selection of shows, as well as interviews and articles on Vienna's art scene.
A general reference on the contemporary art scene, Camera Austria focuses on contributions on contemporary photography beyond the bounds of “artistic photography", with extensive reviews, interviews and essays by philosophers and writers. Note: This magazine is mainly published bilingual (English-German!)
Just as Camera Austria, Eikon also concentrates on Austrian and international photography and New Media, with a more decided emphasis on New Media and intermedial art.
The Austrian magazine for theory and critique of contemporary art and culture.
Vienna’s youngest art magazine. Released quarterly and bilingual.
Self acclaimed “Vienna’s one of a kind magazine for fashion, art and music”.
Mondscheingasse 20, 1070 Wien
Conceptual store by young designers – all in white. Mostly fashion related, but they also have a fine selection of books and other media – whatever’s cutting edge.
Association for Contemporary Fashion
Gumpendorferstraße 10-12, 1060 Wien
Fashion Class at the University of Applied Arts
Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Wien
Oskar-Kokoschka-Platz 2, 1010 Wien
Vienna is the upcoming fashion-capital and they are the ones to prove.
KlausEngelhornDepot – contemporary design
Engelhorn Kunsthandel GmbH
Phone: +43 1 5127940
Vienna's only design gallery, offers important international design objects from the 50ies up to now, ranging from Jean Prouvé and Ron Arad to the younger generation of Jürgen Bey, Konstantin Grcic and Robert Stadler.
Schleifmühlgasse 13, 1040 Wien
Great store with fair-priced mid century furniture from the 50ies to the 80ies. Nice atmosphere.
Wiedner Hauptstraße 12, 1040 Wien
Located close to the gallery, this designer hotel offers also a very intimate bar.
Frankenberggasse 10, 1040 Wien
Tel. +43-1-505 17 01, Fax +43-1-505 88 75 88
Gumpendorfer Straße 11, 1060 Wien
Beautiful old interior.
Stallburggass 2, 1010 Wien
Dark, classical Kaffeehaus, with live concerts on Sunday afternoons. Thomas Bernhard used to read newspapers here regularly for years.
Otto-Bauer-Gasse 5, 1060 Wien
Tiny, intimate, great home-made cake, many works of artists.
Stubenring 24, 1010 Wien
Great interior from the 50ies, in white, pale pink and beige. You can meet artists as well as groupies, writers, philosophers and others. A must!
CASTILLO Bar Americano Viena
Biberstraße 8, 1010 Wien
Longest Bar in Vienna, cool atmosphere, big variety of drinks, DJ-line on Fridays and Saturdays.
Mariahilferstraße 101, 1060 Wien
Nice for a quieter evening – a bar with fair prices and an appealing crowd.
Margaretenstraße 54, 1050 Wien
Viennese DJs- worth a night or two!
Nelkengasse 3, 1060 Wien
No regular scene or crowd in this cozy former brothel.
Kärntner Straße 10, 1010 Wien
Open till early mornings, this tiny “American Bar” designed by Adolf Loos has hardly changed since 1908. Best very late at night.
CASTILLO Comida y ron – cuban restaurant
Stubenring 20, 1010 Wien
Food and rum, as the name tells, offers you 250 different types of rum, daiquiris and rum-based cocktails, combined with delicious caribbean food and music.
Wiesingerstraße 6 / Ecke Biberstraße, A-1010 Wien
Great Ligurian food, location is a mixture of osteria and stockroom.
Margaretenstraße 52, A- 1040 Wien
Small location with traditional food very individualized. Run by four former medicine students.
Pressgasse 26, 1040 Wien
A classical old Beisl, with good food, and a nice atmosphere.
Schleifmühlgasse 19, 1040 Wien
The core, the heart, the home of Vienna’s art scene. And the best Schnitzel in Vienna, undisputedly.
Rechte Wienzeile 15, 1050 Wien
Dark, cozy, very good food and wine.
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CINEMAS with special art/cultural-programs
Margaretenstraße 24, 1040 Wien
Also a bar with changing dj-lines.
Margaretenstraße 78, 1050 Wien
Obere Augartenstraße 1, 1020 Wien
Augustinerstraße 1, 1010 Wien
Programme ranging from the early days of cinema until now.