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

So much art in one city

Art. Art. Art and yet more art.  

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 at the end of September, and places Vienna at the center of the contemporary art scene for one whole week with its focus on Central and Eastern Europe. In 2019, 110 galleries and institutions from 26 countries as well as around 30,000 visitors participated in the international art fair. Early birds take note: the next viennacontemporary will take place from September 24-27, 2020. 

Parallel Vienna is considered a hybrid between art fair, exhibition platform, and studio of artists. The Viennese art event, like the name suggests, takes place in parallel with viennacontemporary at the end of September. 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 at the beginning of October, 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 around the middle of September: 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 the end of September to the beginning of October. 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).

But Vienna's autumn of art goes even further. At the Fair for Art Vienna in the Aula der Wissenschaften, interested parties will find art ranging from antiquity to today, from the beginning to the middle of October. 

We are offered new perspectives in November by the Vienna Art Week. From the middle of November 2020, Vienna will become a magnet for art fans and experts from around the world for a whole week and fill the calendar with exhibitions, panel discussions, presentations, talks with artists, special tours, installations, interventions, and performances. 

The autumn of art ends with ART&ANTIQUE, the fair for art, antiques and design, which is held every year in November at Vienna's Imperial Palace. Around 50 national and international art dealers and gallerists show and sell art from antiquity to the present day.

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