Consider the Art Box a bonus contemporary art treat in the giant chocolate box that is the MuseumsQuartier complex.
- Transparent outdoor container housing a series of art installations
- Main focus is on young Austrian artists
- Open 24/7/365 and free to view
- Current installation Im Vestibülchen runs until November 5th, 2021
- See also: MuseumsQuartier overview
Art for all, 24/7
(The MQ Art Box installation LUMEN by Johannes Rass; photo by Fabian Gasperl; © Bildrecht, Wien 2020)
The days when art was only ever enjoyed in hushed silence in tall-ceilinged galleries while clutching an expensive entrance ticket are long gone.
The MuseumsQuartier, for example, might be described as a holistic art experience, where fresh ideas seems to wander casually through the courtyards, cocktail in one hand…brush, pen, knife and chisel clutched in the other.
The MQ certainly has institutions aplenty, but also provides open-air experiences for those just enjoying the atmosphere or seeking an alternative to the old masters and priceless historical artefacts in the nearby Kunsthistorisches Museum.
One such experience is the MQ Art Box, a transparent container outdoors in the main courtyard. The location provides a home for a series of contemporary art installations.
The Art Box primarily focuses on works by young Austrian artists, with the occasional established star thrown into the mix. For example, the great Daniel Spoerri contributed an installation for the 2015/2016 holiday season. And Jakob Gasteiger’s sculptural talent appeared within some four years later.
The installations so presented might use light, sound, colour, shape and/or movement to catch the eye of the observer, often integrating with a theme prevalent elsewhere in the complex. On one visit you might spot a moving sculpture made of strands of latex, on another view an allegory for our collective obsession with the pendulum of weight gain and loss.
Current Art Box installation
The group installation with the title Im Vestibülchen (English: in the little vestibule) uses transparency to explore the gaps between public and private, reflecting the semi-public space that is a foyer. It also includes what looks like an intriguing time-lapse photography experiment.
Runs until November 5th, 2021.
Previous Art Box installation
Céline Struger’s GOOD BYE HORSES installation explored our ability to take a small amount of information, then extrapolate and imagine our way from that to the invention of whole worlds.
Struger is a Vienna-based artist whose work has already been featured in exhibitions as far afield as South Korea, Scotland, Germany, and Hungary.
Tickets & visitor tips
Tickets? We don’t need no tickets. The MQ courtyards open 24/7 every day of the year and require no ticket.
Vienna has a rich selection of contemporary art for visitors to enjoy, either in museums or adding flair to public spaces. But just walk across the courtyard and see what the current MUMOK and Kunsthalle exhibitions have to offer.
Equally, explore the MuseumsQuartier on foot to find further surprises, such as the Libelle viewing platform and art installation or the passageways between courtyards (the so-called micro museums) that feature art in various forms: street art, audio, literature, and more.
How to get to the Art Box
Find your way to the MuseumsQuartier. The Art Box sits on the southern side of the main courtyard, sandwiched between the Leopold Museum and the Quartier21 exhibition tract.
Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna