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
- Numerous dealers and galleries with some impressive exhibits
- 2020/2021 dates: TBA
- 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 over 40 dealers and galleries, then where better to do so than in the middle of an Imperial palace?
Which is one of the reasons you might find time for the ART&ANTIQUE event, even if your pocket money only stretches to last year’s pencil case designs in the stationer’s remnant bin.
The location for this 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 Austria, Germany, and beyond 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.
2020/2021 dates & tickets
The fair was due to run daily from November 5th to November 8th, but has been cancelled because of national lockdown restrictions. As soon as I get news of new dates, I’ll post something here.
(A day ticket would have cost €13 at the time of writing.)
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 | Website