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© Lazar Lyutakov „Lamp Series“, Foto - Joanna Pianka

So much art in one city

Art. Art. Art and yet more art.

We are offered new perspectives in November by the Vienna Art Week. From the middle of November - 2020 ONLY ONLINE -, Vienna will become a magnet for art fans and experts from around the world. All talks with artists and curators will be broadcasted as ZOOM talks at the scheduled time. The exhibition in the House of Rituals will take place without an audience and will be made tangible through individual online connections. The Open Studio Days tours as well as the Gallery Tours will be repeated at a later date, weekly on Friday afternoons, as soon as this is possible again. The Vienna Art Week's YouTube channel will show videos provided by the Open Studio Days artists.

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.

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 in the middle of November: into venerable buildings and contemporary construction highlights, into architecturally valuable office and industrial buildings, into residential buildings, and even into private homes. However, the Open House will take place entirely virtually in 2020. 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.

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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