Bring together a host of art galleries and what do you get? A lot of discussion, for starters. And a rather considerable amount of art. Now throw in interesting presentations, tours, and similar, and you have viennacontemporary.
- Contemporary art fair with a strong international reach
- Exhibitions, tours, shows, and more
- 2022 dates: provisionally Sept 8-11
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Galleries from all over
(The Kursalon serves as the main location in 2022)
It’s easy to stare up at all those old buildings and see Vienna as a time capsule and its art museums as preservers of the past. But that’s just not true.
Art in Vienna sticks its fingers into numerous creative pies. This includes contemporary art, of course, not least through the influence of the MuseumsQuartier collection of museums, venues, and events.
You might consider the viennacontemporary art fair as a collective manifestation of this local contemporary art scene. The event brings together numerous local galleries in a showcase of works.
And not just art galleries from Vienna.
Nor just from Austria: viennacontemporary draws on galleries from across central and eastern Europe.
According to the organisers, the event is following a long-term transition toward a more flexible, decentralised approach that reaffirms the role of the artist in the art market and better reflects the times we live in.
So the 2021 version featured a central exhibition in association with selected galleries at the Alte Post venue, guided tours to local galleries, talks, and a special audiovisual performance at one of Vienna’s historic post-WWI social building projects (Amalienbad).
Find full details of the 2022 event at the official website, once available. The central location this year is the historical Kursalon concert and event venue in the centre of town and thematic focus will be Ukraine.
2022 dates and tickets
In 2022, viennacontemporary runs from September 8th to September 11th. Check the website for ticket and registration details.
How to get to viennacontemporary
The Kursalon location sits at one end of the Stadtpark with its numerous monuments and memorials to musicians, artists, and more. Everyone likes to get a photo with the golden Johann Strauss II, for example.
Subway: the venue has an exit from the Stadtpark station on the U4 subway line as a close neighbour. The station pavilion is a classic Otto Wagner design.
Tram/bus: tram lines D and 71 both stop at nearby Schwarzenbergplatz. The 2 tram goes there, as well, but also stops at the nearer Weihburggasse.
Address: Johannesgasse 33, 1010 Vienna