Fall calls for extensive visits at the museum! For us, there is no better way to spend a rainy and foggy October or November afternoon than at one of the many exhibitions that are currently going on. Strolling through exhibition premises and soaking in all the displayed art is just the perfect fall amusement, don´t you think? Thank god, Vienna has such a great variety of cultural activities and there is basically always an interesting exhibition at one of the many museums around town. We´ve already checked them out, got an overview and don´t want to keep our tips from you any longer.
1. WORLD PRESS PHOTO AT WESTLICHT MUSEUM 14.9.18-21.10.18
The World Press Photo exhibition is taking place at the WestLicht museum every year in fall and is an absolute must. The exhibition is shown worldwide in 100 cities and we think it is an absolute blessing to have the chance to see the amazing photos that are awarded here in Vienna. Some of the showcased pictures tell the stories behind incidents you might know from the media and others introduce you to completely new topics that you´ve never heard or even thought of. Anyway, make sure to go in the morning since it is always packed!
2. MACHEN SIE MICH SCHÖN, MADAME D´ORA AT LEOPOLD MUSEUM 13.7.18-29.10.18
Austrian photographer Dora Kallmus was one of the first women in the 20th century who opened a photo studio. She worked in Austria as well as abroad and portrayed Emperor Karl, Coco Chanel, Gustav Klimt and Picasso among many others. As on of the most popular and renowned photographers of her time, the Atelier D´Ora was THE address for portraits. Dora´s photos were also published in magazines like L`Officiel. The exhibition at the Leopold Museum displays her work for the Austrian monarchs, the Parisian high society of the 1920´s as well as some photos she did at refugee camps and slaughterhouses after world war II.
3. EINE WIENER GARDEROBE AT LEOPOLD MUSEUM 3.10.18-29.10.18
This week another exhibition opened at the Leopold Museum. So, if you are already there to see number 2, make sure to also pay some attention to this one. Inspired by the Vienna Moderne, fashion designer Arthur Arbesser created a capsule collection which is now displayed at the Museum. The special pieces have already been presented during fashion week in Milan and at Arbesser´s showroom in Paris in February and can now be marveled at in Vienna. The collection draws attention to the importance of the Vienna Moderne for contemporary art and design. The exhibition also stands under the banner of the 100th anniversary of the death of Klimt, Schiele, Wagner and Moser which to us seems like the ideal occasion to get to know more about the Viennese art movement.
4. POLLY APFELBAUM – HAPPINESS RUNS AT BELVEDERE 21 7.9.18-13.1.19
Being asked at the entry to take our shoes off, got us a little suspicious at first. But after entering Polly Apfelbaum´s exhibition at the Belvedere 21, we soon started to realise why this was necessary. The American artist created an installation composed of six hand-woven carpets, which are displayed at the open and light-flooded space of the Belvedere 21. If you want that special artsy experience off the normal “looking-at-paintings-for-hours” thing, get your nicest socks out and head into the third district!
5. VIENNA DESIGN WEEK 28.9.18-7.10.18
Vienna Design Week, Austria´s largest design festival is taking place for the 12th time this year. The various exhibition premises that are scattered across the city show design work from loads of different artists and thus a lot of different viewpoints. Each year there is another “Focus District” as well as another guest country. If you want to find out what it is all about, hurry up, because the exhibition will only be open until this sunday.
6. CLAUDE MONET AT ALBERTINA 21.9.18-6.1.19
There is actually not much for us to say about this exhibition since the name of the artist speaks for itself. The Albertina is showing 100 paintings of the world-famous painter and is especially focusing on Monet´s examination of the vegetation at his country house in Giverny. Due to its really nice architecture, the Albertina is always worth a visit anyway and if you´ve never been there, the Claude Monet exhibition is a good reason to finally go!
7. PREVIEW: SAGMEISTER & WALSH: BEAUTY AT THE MAK MUSEUM 24.10.18-31.3.19
At the end of October another interesting exhibition is opening at the MAK Musuem. Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh will be showing a multimedia project that introduces the visitors to their view of beauty and how it influences society. The exhibited graphics, products and the architecture show that beauty nowadays is not at all a pejorative aspect in design. They instead demonstrate that beauty in objects, buildings and strategies is essential and contributes to their functionality.