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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 10, 2018. A first special exhibition will deal with the 100 year-old history of the Republic. Since 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.
  • "Photo/Politics/Austria" at mumok (July 12, 2018 to February 3, 2019)
    The exhibition is an attempt to visualize Austrian history of the last 100 years using selected photos or photo series that show special events or situations. These include a postcard series of the fire at the Palace of Justice (1927), Friedl Dicker‘s socially critical collages (1931), Ernst Haas' "Heimkehrer" (1947), and Seiichi Furuya’s "State Border" (1981/83), images that are just as much part of a panorama of a turbulent history as Kiki Kogelnik’s "Vienna Street Pictures" (1967) or a screenshot of Hans Krankl in Cordoba (1978).
  • "The Hard-Won Republic 1918/19 in photographs" at the Wien Museum (October 25, 2018 - February 3, 2019)
    The exhibition makes use of historic photographic documents to illustrate the first twelve months of the First Republic: the fall of the Habsburg Empire, the end of the war, the return of the solders, hunger and hardship as well as the introduction of women's right to vote and the eight-hour day. The show focuses on the work of Viennese photographer Richard Hauffe (1878-1933), who left behind particularly impressive images of the young republic.
  • "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.
  • "Projekt OT" (permanent installation from November 2018) at 25 venues in Vienna
    During the "Pogromnacht" on November 9, 1938, the almost one hundred synagogues and prayer rooms in Vienna were completely destroyed - with the exception of the Jewish City Temple. Eighty years later, light installations at 25 locations will commemorate the synagogues destroyed at that time, starting in November 2018. The installations in the form of bent stars of David are a reminder not to forget. The Jewish Museum Vienna is carrying out the project together with the University of Applied Arts. The light artist Brigitte Kowanz turned her class for transmedial art into a competition. The winning project by Lukas Maria Kaufmann now makes the destroyed visible

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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mumok – Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna in the MuseumsQuartier

Museumsplatz 1 , 1070 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0,00
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 2€ off
  • Opening times

    • Mo, 14:00 - 19:00
    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 19:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Swinging doors   120  cm  wide )
    • Elevator available
      • 90 cm wide and 140 cm low
    • Further information
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Comments

      Main and side entrance as well as restaurant/café: accessible via elevator.

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Wien Museum Karlsplatz

Karlsplatz, 1040 Wien
  • Prices

    • Young people under 19   €0
    • Free admission on first Sunday of the month
    • Your benefit with the Vienna City Card: 3€ off
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • on holidays, 10:00 - 18:00
    • closed Jan 1, May 1, Dec 25
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps (Double swinging doors   179  cm  wide )
        via ramp
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        directly behind the museum (Maderstrasse), access to the museum: no steps
    • Elevator available
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      Wheelchair for rental, seats available. Permanent exhibition tours for visually impaired visitors by prior arrangement (Tel. +43 1 505 87 47-85 180). Overview map in large print available.

    • Comments

      The exhibition area is accessible via elevator (orientation with Braille) and deducible with the wheelchair.

       

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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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Haus der Geschichte Österreich

Hofburg, Heldenplatz, 1010 Wien
  • Opening times

    • Tu - Su, 10:00 - 18:00
    • Th, 10:00 - 21:00
    • Eröffnung: 10.11.2018
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