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Vienna, Austria

Vienna, Austria

The art metropolis in Vienna – Where non-conformism is a convention

Art in general is represented in baroque opulence in Vienna, and there is a great variety of contemporary art to be experienced in the metropolis on the Danube. The creative Austrian and international art scene has long discovered Vienna as a fertile ground: numerous museums, special exhibitions, trade fairs and galleries guarantee exciting art enjoyment – non-conformism is a convention.
Museums, trade fairs and galleries show works of world-famous artists as well as contemporary art by exciting newcomers. One of the most popular tourist attractions is the Hundertwasserhaus with its own museum centring on Friedensreich Hundertwasser, intended as a proposal of an alternative to sober, modern architecture and art.

The Albertina is worth highlighting. It does not only offer one of the world’s largest and most valuable graphic collections with, among others, Albrecht Dürer’s world-famous “Young Hare”, but also presents master artworks of the classical modern period in the “Monet to Picasso” display collection. The building of the Albertina was once the largest Hapsburg palace, located on the southern tip of the Hofburg, the Vienna Imperial Palace, which was erected on the last remaining sections of the fortifications of Vienna, the Augustinian Bastion.

The Regional Vienna Art Scene

The Kunsthistorische Museum (Museum of Art History) was build nearby the Hofburg for the comprehensive collections of the imperial dynasty. With its collection of important works and the world’s largest Bruegel collection, this is one of the most important art collections on a global level. Numerous main works of occidental art, among them “Madonna of the Meadow” by Raffael, “The Art of Paining” by Vermeer, the portraits of the infantes and infantas of Spain by Velazquez, masterworks by Rubens, Rembrandt, Dürer, Tizian and Tintoretto are part of this art gallery.
The Belvedere is not only a splendid baroque palace, but also hosts one of Austria’s most precious art collections, including main paintings by Gustav Klimt with „The Kiss“ as a highlight, but also works by Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.
The Leopold Museum is a unique treasure chamber of the Viennese Modern Age, the “Vienna Workshop” and Expressionism. It is the most-visited institution in one of the hippest cultural areas of the city, the MuseumsQuartier, hosting the most important and largest collection of works by Egon Schiele and masterworks by Gustav Klimt, the founder of the “Vienna Secession”. Outstanding artefacts by the Vienna Workshop from Josef Hoffmann to Koloman Moser are on display, too.
It is not only the museums, it is also the art fairs and the uncountable galleries that make Vienna a European art metropolis of the highest degree.
Viennacontemporary is “the” international art trade fair in Vienna. It has been taking place once a year since 2015 in the fourth week of September in the Vienna “Marx Halle” amidst the centre of the creative quarter “Neu-Marx”. Besides the focus on Middle and Eastern Europe, Viennacontemporary presents international and Austrian galleries centring on young and established positions of contemporary art. Vienna’s galleries, on the other hand, present the surprising and exciting wide variety of international contemporary art in Vienna from all-commercial up to brand new, from quiet and subtle to loud and crashing. And this is how Vienna and the Vienna art scene manage to bring it all together: non-conformism as a convention.
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