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Inscriptions on a building on Ludwig-Hirsch-Platz in the 2nd district
© Klaus Pichler

Viennese open-air art

Fence art

Inside, they construct - outside there's still plenty of art. The construction fence around the Wien Museum Karlsplatz becomes a canvas for street art and photography in 2021 and 2022. Currently on display: Mid-Century Vienna. Over 100 photographs, some of them in large format, show architecture and design in Vienna in the 1950s and 1960s. Graphic designer Tom Koch and photographer Stephan Doleschal present pictures of well-known icons such as the Gartenbaukino, the Stadthalle or Café Prückel, but also lesser-known buildings and interiors on the construction fence.

Who are the "strangers" in our district? The portrait photographer and book author Aleksandra Pawloff, a Frenchwoman of Russian descent and at home in Vienna for many years, has photographed and surveyed residents of different districts who have roots around the world. The result: Fremd bin ich gekommen (I came as a stranger), which is a series of exhibitions. Pawloff´s work is currently on display in the 2nd district - in the Rudolf-Bednar-Park located in the Nordbahnviertel.

Gitti, Mona and Lisa

Open-air art is available in Vienna not only in the form of current exhibitions and initiatives. Other projects can be seen on a permanent basis. The association Stadtschrift has been working on the collection and conservation of historic inscriptions since 2012. No longer needed signs of Viennese stores are returning to the public space through "wall shows". Two of these shows can currently be viewed: 13 old signs from the food and service sector on Ludwig-Hirsch-Platz in the Karmeliter district, and a collection of women's names, some of which can be traced back to former shop owners (corner of Mollardgasse/Hofmühlgasse in the 6th district). Further projects are being planned.

Art on house walls – the Museum of Looking Up also deals with that. Vienna's façades are covered with paintings, mosaics, and much more besides. Photos are shared with the Looking Up community via Instagram. This way everyone can delight in public works of art and contribute to solving many a puzzle in everyday urban life with their personal background knowledge.

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