Well, you’d expect a city like to Vienna to have one or two major art and antique fairs. After all, the central district is practically an antique in its own right. And one of the more prestigious such events is the ART&ANTIQUE Hofburg Vienna fair (to give it its full title).
- Major international fair inside the Hofburg palace
- Around 45 dealers and galleries with some impressive exhibits
- 2020 dates: Nov 7-15
- See also: Art Vienna | Viennacontemporary
Art then and now
If you’re going to give people the chance to browse and buy quality art and antiques from around 45 dealers and galleries, then where better to do so than in the middle of an Imperial palace?
Which is one of the reasons I have a lot of time for the ART&ANTIQUE event, even if my pocket money only stretches to last year’s pencil case designs in the stationer’s remnant bin.
The location for this nine-day feast for collectors and all those interested in art of the past and present is Vienna’s Hofburg palace, once home to a slew of Habsburg monarchs and the former administrative heart of various empires.
Now approaching its 52nd year, ART&ANTIQUE features exhibitors from throughout Austria and Germany, with a wide mix of items to view. You might find 1st-century marble busts and limewood Gothic statues, but also Jugendstil designs and today’s contemporary art.
It would be foolish of me to attempt to review the highlights, but five pieces in particular caught my eye at the last event, since all came from artists of particular relevance to Vienna:
- Galerie Kovacek & Zetter showed Maria Lassnig’s 1999 Le jeu du destin. At the time, the Albertina had a major retrospective of her work (until December 1st, 2019)
- Coincidentally, the same institution had an Arnulf Rainer exhibition on, too (until January 19th, 2020). Galerie Ruberl exhibited his Fitzen (19 Knäuel) work at the fair and Galerie 422-Margund Lössl his Kanarie piece from 2000
- And a wonderful exhibition on the life and work of Arik Brauer recently ended at the Jewish Museum. Kovacek Spiegelgasse Gemälde Glas presented Brauer’s Hiroshima (1958/60) and Galerie Weihergut his current Jedermann cycle.
2020 dates & tickets
The fair runs daily from Saturday, November 7th to Sunday, November 15th, opening in the mornings at 11 and closing at 7pm. Buy your tickets in advance from the official website (at a discount and once available) or on the door.
How to get to the fair
The venue is the Hofburg Conference Centre just off Heldenplatz square. This is very central, and next door to such delights as the Imperial Treasury (which is a bit like the ART&ANTIQUE fair, but you’d need to add a few zeroes to the prices).
Subway: a short walk from Volkstheater (U2 and U3), Museumsquartier (U2), Herrengasse (U3), Stephansplatz (U3 and U1) and even Karlsplatz (U4, U1 and U2) stations.
Tram/bus: get off the ring trams (1, 2, D and 71) at Burggasse.
The Conference Center is easy to spot. Once you’re on Heldenplatz, look for the giant curved building that dominates one side: the Neue Burg. Facing that building, look left to see the entrance to the centre at the end of this giant palace wing. There should be plenty of signs, too (obviously).
Address: Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna