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So much art in one city

The Vienna autumn of art kicks off with viennacontemporary, which has a whole new concept for 2021. Under the direction of the new artistic director Boris Ondreička, the aim is to break new ground and move deliberately into the city center. At the Alte Post (once the head office of Austrian Post for over 100 years), selected galleries show lots of contemporary works. Networking is emphasized: numerous international collectors, curators, and journalist meet each other in Vienna. And all in an exciting atmosphere: the Alte Post will be open to the public for the first time again (although the renovations to the complex of buildings are still ongoing).

24 places, one guiding theme

Exhibition organizers from around the world come together for four whole weeks for the 13th edition of curated by. Exhibitions, performances, guided tours, and talks will be held at 24 different locations across Vienna. The common guiding theme for this year's international gallery festival is: COMEDY. The participating artists and curators are called upon to stage their understanding of comedy, but also tragedy.

Once again, Parallel Vienna remains true to its motto – to offer a concentrated charge of art at extraordinary locations. The ninth edition will also take place in an empty property, namely the former Semmelweis Women's Clinic in Vienna-Währing. The fair represents a colorful mix of young art and established positions by both domestic and international artists. Also extraordinary: the exhibitors do not occupy booths, but each of them has their own rooms within the clinic building.

Art. Art. And even more art.

Of course, Vienna's autumn of art goes even further in October and November. A fixed placed on the schedule is also occupied by the Fair For Art Vienna, the art and antiquities fair held in the Aula der Wissenschaften. The exhibition concept of recent years is retained: a clear spatial separation between contemporary and classical art. After a successful start last year, Art Austria Highlights enters a second round at the Wiener Eislauf-Verein. Twenty selected exhibitors present their art highlights, covering numerous epochs and genres.

Night-owls with an interest in art can literally go round the houses during the 21st Long Night of Museums. With just one ticket, you can visit all participating museums and galleries until 1.00 am. Around 50 national and international art dealers and galleries will be participating in Art&Antique this autumn. The fair for art, antiques, and design, will be held at the Imperial Palace in Vienna again this year. After a successful first edition in spring 2021, Art at the Park is back at the Park Hyatt Hotel in November. 18 galleries and art dealers present top-class works of art - from Klimt and Schiele to Bansky.

The crowing finish to the autumn of art is the Vienna Art Week. Numerous events with free admission are held scattered right across the city. Large museums participate alongside newly discovered artists' studios. The joint motto: "Losing Control" – i.e. the artistic debate with experienced or impending loss of control. Having been held purely virtually in 2020, Vienna Art Week is intended to be held as a hybrid festival this year. Exciting artists' videos will again be shared on the fair's YouTube channel as part of the "Open Studio Days".

Architecture and design highlights 

If you're searching for the enjoyment of art in Vienna, you can also take in art-related events. Architecture fans get their money's worth at Open House. In 2021, the primary focus is on buildings and districts that show what Vienna's architecture will develop towards given the current challenges. Tip: Learn more about Open House by visiting the YouTube channel.

This year's Vienna Design Week is warmly recommended to lovers of design. Numerous events and initiatives will be held under the motto "All eyes on Brigitte, now!". Because this year's focus district is the 20th, Brigittenau.

And an international design fair is also hosted in Vienna in the guise of blickfang. A total of 140 exhibitors will put their spectacular designs from the areas of furniture, fashion, and jewelry on show at the MAK – Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, in October.

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