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Memorial year 2018

The Republic of Austria is celebrating at birthday: it will turn 100 years old this year. Its founding was declared on November 12, 1918 in Parliament on the Ringstrasse boulevard (still under the name German-Austria at the time). More than 100,000 witnessed the proclamation in front of Parliament.

Almost twice as many people assembled in front of the Imperial Palace on March 15, 1938 to listen to Adolf Hitler's speech following the so-called "Anschluss", or annexation, of Austria to Nazi Germany. In the same year, the November pogrom marked an initial terrifying highpoint of Jewish persecution. This tragic chapter of Austrian history, which must never be forgotten, is also remembered in 2018.

House of Austrian History and sound installation on Heldenplatz

The highlight of the memorial year will be the opening of the House of Austrian History on Heldenplatz on November 12, 2018. A first special exhibition will deal with the 100 year-old history of the Republic. From March 12, the day of Austria's "Anschluss" to Hitler Germany, a sound installation entitled "The Voices" by Susan Philipsz on Heldenplatz reminds us of the horrors of that time. Twice a day, at 12.30 pm and 6.30 pm, it will be audible for ten minutes.

Further exhibitions in 2018 will focus on remembrance:

  • "The city without" at the Metro Kinokulturhaus (March 2 to December 30, 2018)
    In 2016, Filmarchiv Austria (Austrian Film Archive) announced the rediscovery of the previously missing parts of the Austrian silent movie "The City without Jews" of 1924. The now nearly complete, restored original version can be watched at the Metro Kinokulturhaus on March 21, 2018 (7.30 pm). In the exhibition "The city without", the movie forms the historical framework. Starting with individual scenes, it deals with exclusion mechanisms in society then and now and also outlines the stages of the exclusion process, from the polarization of society to the final exclusion of the created scapegoats. This development is not only described for the 1920s and 1930s, when the anti-Semites screamed for the exclusion of the Jews, but continues down to the present day, when agitation is raising its head again: against foreigners, Muslims and refugees.
  • "shaping democracy – the republic in 24 frames per century" in the frei_raum Q21 exhibition space in the MuseumsQuartier (March 22 to June 3, 2018)
    The audiovisual exhibition is a participatory tour through the history of the Austrian Republic on the basis of its key principles and paradoxes. The eight themed areas of the exhibition are dedicated to various aspects, such as the question of memorial culture, the role of the media, and the range of issues around migration and integration. Three short films by notable international and Austrian artists are presented on each set of themes. They deal with aspects of the area in question, sometimes very directly, sometimes on a more associative level, and in doing so provide stimuli for critical thought and discussion.
  • "Break and continuity: The fate of Habsburg heritage after 1918" at the Hofmobiliendepot. Imperial Furniture Collection (December 5, 2018 to September 30, 2019)
    The exhibition focuses on the fate of former imperial possessions and art objects following the end of the monarchy in 1918. Selected objects are used to present exciting historical background information on the change of ownership to the republican administration.

Memorial year on the web: www.oesterreich100.at

Metro Kinokulturhaus

Johannesgasse 4, 1010 Wien
  • Prices

    • Adults   €6
    • Combination ticket for Exhibition & Cinema: €11
  • Opening times

    • Exhibition: daily, 15:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Further information
      • 1 Wheelchair spaces available
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
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MuseumsQuartier Vienna

Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • 4 Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        6 parking spaces within the MuseumsQuartier complex
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair service in the MQ-Point by the main entrance: daily 10 am – 7 pm free rental (form of ID left as a deposit). Inductive audio systems in the auditoriums (Hall E + G).
      Seeing-eye dogs by prior arrangement with the respective cultural institutions.

    • Comments

      Access to all MuseumsQuartier institutions: no steps. All public elevators are suitable for wheelchairs.

       

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Hofmobiliendepot. Imperial Furniture Collection

Andreasgasse 7, 1070 Wien
  • Prices

  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   180  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 90 cm wide and 160 cm low , Door 90 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Seeing-eye dogs permitted. Guided group tours for wheelchair users on request.

    • Comments

      All areas accessible via elevator. Elevator 3rd-5th floor.
      Lifting platform to the first floor: door width: 83 cm, cabin depth: 117 cm, cabin width: 75 cm. Access to the restaurant / café: no steps.

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