Sign with the inscription City Confiserie

Vienna and its writings

Vienna has a long tradition of individual city signage and was once considered to be the metropolis of the art of sign painting. Numerous historical signs, particularly above entrances to businesses, have long since disappeared, but a few still punctuate today’s cityscape. "Sign Week Vienna", which is being held for the first time, aims to remind us of this slowly dying tradition and dedicates itself to typographies in the public space from 19 to 27 September 2017.

The program is diverse and ranges from exhibitions to film presentations, lectures and workshops, as well as city expeditions to places where old signs can still be seen. Prizes for the design of old and new shop fronts will also be awarded during Sign Week Vienna.

Program (selection)

  • Exhibition "Signs from a different world: Vienna meets Havana - Identity lost+found"
    19-27 September 2017, 2.00 pm - 7.00 pm, KMG Art Gallery (6., Mariahilfer Strasse 103), free admission
    While Vienna is happy to banish historical street signs from its cityscape, Havana prizes their retention.
  • Exhibition "135 years of Sign Painter Samuel"
    22-24 September 2017, 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm, Sign Painter Museum Samuel (4., Mühlgasse 7/Kühnplatz), free admission
    The former sign painter workshop Samuel houses Europe's only sign painting museum.
  • Presentation and nightwalk "Urban Lighting"
    20 September 2017, 6.30 pm - 10.00 pm, KMG Art Gallery
  • Movie premiere "Neon. Feel the Glow"
    21 September 2017, 9.00 pm, Schikaneder Kino (4., Margaretenstrasse 22-24)
  • Tour "Business with History"
    22 September 2017, 3.00 pm - 5.30 pm (meeting point will be announced on the website)
  • Insta-Sign-Walk
    26 September 2017, 3.00 pm - 5.30 pm (meeting point will be announced on the website)

Sign Week Vienna

19-27 September 2017
www.signweek.com

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