Some lamps in a room in front of a window
© Lazar Lyutakov „Lamp Series“, Foto eSeL.at - Joanna Pianka

So much art in one city

Austria's international art fair viennacontemporary brings together renowned galleries, up-and-coming new discoveries, and established greats of the art world in the Marx Halle from September 26 to 29, 2019, and places Vienna at the center of the contemporary art scene for one whole week with its focus on Central and Eastern Europe. In 2018, 118 galleries and institutions from 27 countries as well as around 31,000 visitors participated in the international art fair.

Parallel Vienna is considered a hybrid between art fair, exhibition platform, and studio of artists. This Viennese art event will take place from September 24 to 29, 2019, so roughly at the same time as viennacontemporary (hence the name). The balanced mix of young art and established positions is presented in unusual locations, such as empty properties. A packed supporting program offers discussions, performances, concerts, and club formats.

First held more than 10 years ago, curated by has developed into an important festival for contemporary art: international curators are invited to put on shows at selected galleries in Vienna. The event has established itself as a networking platform, but also opens up new perspectives for the galleries.

During the Long Night of Museums on October 5, 2019, a single ticket grants holders access to around 100 Viennese museums and cultural institutions between 6.00 pm and 1.00 am the following day. The event also features discussions with artists, readings, and live music. The "Long Night" ticket also acts as a free pass for the special shuttle bus and Viennese public transportation network.

Those who are already in the city to enjoy its art can take in two similar events at the same time. The guided tours operated by Open House Wien grant unusual insights on September 14 and 15, 2019: into venerable buildings and contemporary construction highlights, into architecturally valuable office and industrial buildings, into residential buildings, and even into private homes. And design lovers get their money's worth during Vienna Design Week from September 27 to October 6, 2019. The popular festival invites visitors to experience design throughout the city afresh with an active and wide-ranging program of events (presentations, films, talks, events, installations, guided tours, specials and parties). The host country in 2019 is Finland.

But Vienna's autumn of art goes even further. From November 15 to 22, 2019, the Vienna Art Week turns Vienna into a magnet for art fans and experts from around the world for a whole week and fills the calendar with exhibitions, panel discussions, presentations, talks with artists, special tours, installations, interventions, and performances.
ART&ANTIQUE, the fair for art, antiques, and design, will be held at the Imperial Palace in Vienna for the 51st time from November 9 to 17, 2019. Around 50 national and international art dealers and gallerists show and sell art from antiquity to the present day.

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