Vienna is full of art museums, but also private galleries. And the Art Vienna fair brings the latter together to present a selection of contemporary art to an international audience.
- International modern art fair inside the Hofburg palace
- 2021 dates: TBA
- See also: ART&ANTIQUE fair | Viennacontemporary art fair
What’s Art Vienna?
(The entrance to the fair’s venue is on the left of this rather magnificent view)
The clue to the event’s purpose is in the title. Though we’re not talking court portraits from the 17th century. Think Dalí, rather than Dürer.
Various galleries come together to present works from across the contemporary art, modernism, and design spectrum. The featured artists include both established global names, local favourites, and upcoming talent.
The event takes place in the Hofburg, the former seat of the Habsburgs – a family and location with a rich artistic tradition of their own; the monarchs as collectors, the palace as a gallery for the contemporary art of its time.
The Hofburg now serves various functions, one of which is to combine Imperial elegance with modern facilities in the form of a congress centre.
2021 dates & tickets
The next Vienna Art fair was provisionally scheduled for mid-March but 2021 dates now remain open (at the time of writing) for obvious reasons. Opening times are normally 11am to 7pm.
The 2019 event was the second Art Vienna fair, the first having attracted over 15,000 visitors back in 2017.
The 2019 fair also included a special Hofburg under the Carpet art exhibition, where participating artists each took a specific carpet from the Hofburg as a starting point for developing unique artwork that examined issues around power structures. The theme had some resonance, given the palace was the centre of political power in the Austrian Empire for hundreds of year.
How to get to the Hofburg
As the former residence of the Emperor, it’s no surprise to find the Hofburg congress centre in the old town and within walking distance of many of Vienna’s main tourist locations (in fact, the Hofburg is a main tourist location).
Subway: The Hofburg sits at the centre of a circle formed by five subway stations, all of which are a few minutes walk away: Karlsplatz (U1, U2, U4 lines), Stephansplatz (U1, U3), Herrengasse (U3), Museumsquartier (U2), Volkstheater (U2, U3)
Tram/bus: You want the Burgring station, which stops almost outside the building. Take the tram lines that run along the Ringstrassen (1, 2, D and 71)
If you’re in the Hofburg area and interested in art and design, pop into the Weltmuseum opposite as well. This is a museum of people and cultures, featuring artifacts from across the world and through history.
And the Museumsquartier is not far away, home to three modern art museums (including the Leopold Museum, host of the first Art Vienna).
Address: Kongresszentrum Hofburg Vienna, Heldenplatz, 1010 Vienna | Website