Autumn dedicated to art
Vienna has long been considered a breeding ground for creative and contemporary art. The autumn of art is the time to really enjoy this. Numerous art events take you on an exciting journey of discovery. A chronological overview.
Art in unusual locations
Parallel Vienna, a cross between an art fair, an exhibition platform and an artist's studio, kicks off the autumn of art. It remains true to its motto that empty buildings serve as platforms for art. This time around, it's the Otto Wagner Areal in Vienna-Penzing. Three pavilions showcase contemporary art embedded in the themes of architecture and history. Versatile performances and a wide-ranging musical program also await.
Like last year, viennacontemporary will be hosted in the magnificent Kursalon in the Stadtpark. 61 exhibitors from 19 countries present the dynamic and diverse art scene in Austria and beyond. The focus is once again on Central and Eastern Europe. The thematic motto "Statement" artistically reworks a variety of social phenomena. There is a busy supporting program to accompany the fair.
The gallery festival Curated by is running its 15th exhibition. 24 established and young gallery shows come together to present a colorful program. The exhibition presents contemporary perspectives on an overarching theme. This year, they are exploring the questions: What does it mean to be neutral? And can we afford to be neutral in our actions? This year, curators from all over the world will also be guests.
Design and architecture highlights
Anyone looking for even more art to enjoy in the autumn of art should be sure to attend related Viennese events while they are here. Vienna Design Week is back for the 17th time, and there will once again be a massive number of events with around 200 exhibitions, installations, guided tours and workshops. The festival cooperates with Viennese museums, manufacturing companies and local designers to offer a variety of opportunities to approach the topic of design. This year's focus is on the 2nd district, Leopoldstadt. Two more of October’s design highlights: Design District 1010 is once again transforming the Vienna Hofburg into a design experience. 200 leading national and international brands will be represented on 7,000 square meters. At Blickfang Wien there will once again be a whole host of international furniture, fashion, and jewellery designs. 150 designers will be guests at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna
We recommend that anyone who wants to experience exciting architecture that is otherwise not accessible to the public in this form should visit Open House Wien. Volunteers will be offering free, no-booking tours of 62 fascinating buildings on September 9 and 10. And during the Long Night of Museums, culture-loving night owls will once again be invited to roam the streets: on October 7, numerous museums and galleries will keep their doors open until 1.00 a.m. for the 23rd time. Only one ticket is needed for all participating institutions and events.
But that's not all by a long shot – over the course of the autumn of art, there will be plenty of other art fairs at exciting venues: Art Vienna will be hosted for the second time at Schönbrunn Palace Orangery. 25 local and international galleries and art dealers will be exhibiting in one of the largest baroque orangery buildings in Europe. The fledgling art fair presents contemporary art, classical modernism, and design. Art Austria Highlights will take place for the fourth time at the end of September/beginning of October. The Vienna Ice Skating Club is serving as the venue. A select group of exhibitors will transform the area into a large fair, presenting their art highlights and spanning a wide range of epochs and genres.
The Fair For Art Vienna, an art and antiques fair organized by the Association of Austrian Antique and Art Dealers and held in the Aula der Wissenschaften, also has a fixed place in the autumn of art. Around 40 national and international art dealers and galleries will take part in Art&Antique in mid-November. The art, antiques, and design fair will once again be held at the Vienna Hofburg.
All of Vienna is art
The Vienna Art Week is the traditional end to the autumn of art. This will be the 19th time that numerous events involving around 70 program partners will take place all over the city with free admission. This includes both major museums and the studios of newly discovered artists. This year's shared motto is "Inciting Passion".
The Vienna Autumn of Art at a glance:
- Parallel Vienna: September 5-10, Otto-Wagner-Areal, www.parallelvienna.com
- viennacontemporary: September 7-10, Kursalon, www.viennacontemporary.at
- Curated by: September 8/9 (Opening days), September 12-14 (Festival), various participating galleries, www.curatedby.at
- Open House: September 9/10, various locations, www.openhouse-wien.at
- Art Vienna: September 15-17, Schönbrunn Palace Orangery, www.artvienna.org
- Vienna Design Week: September 22 - October 1, www.viennadesignweek.at
- Art Austria Highlights: September 28 - October 1, Vienna Ice Skating Club, www.art-austria.info
- Design District: October 6-8, Hofburg, www.design-district.at
- Long Night of Museums: October 7, www.langenacht.orf.at
- Fair for Art Vienna: October 7-15, Aula der Wissenschaften, www.fairforart-vienna.at
- Blickfang Wien: October 20-22, MAK, www.blickfang.com
- Art&Antique: November 9-13, Hofburg, www.artantique-hofburg.at
- Vienna Art Week: November 10-17, various locations, www.viennaartweek.at