Metropole’s Top 5 Picks for Vienna Art Week 2018

As the annual Vienna Art Week rolls in again, the city fills to the brim with artists, with hundreds from around the world dropping by to open an exhibit, give a talk, or present their latest works. With almost 200 events, there are plenty of occasions to meet the creators and enjoy different performances, films and tours, hosted by art institutions across the city. So take a bite and have a taste of culture!

1. Open Studio Days

Casting a glance at creative workspaces, here’s an opportunity that very little get to experience: Vienna-based artists open their studios to the public and give a tour of their space.

Dates and times can be found on the Vienna Art Week website.

2. Hermann Nitsch 80

The well-known Austrian actionist, Hermann Nitsch, will celebrate his 80th birthday by presenting a new exhibit called “Hermann Nitsch 80.” Following the opening, the reclusive Nitsch will hold an artist talk with the author of his biography, Hermann Nitsch. Leben und Arbeit, Danielle Spera.

Nov 22, 19:30, Nitsch Foundation. 1., Hegelgasse 5

3. A Tour of Egon Schiele

Following the centennial of Egon Schiele’s death, the Belvedere has added a special guided tour led by its very own curator. The chance to listen to the thoughts of the very creator of this exhibition is an event worth experiencing!

Nov 20, 16:30, Unteres Belvedere. 3., Rennweg 6

4. Wes Anderson and Juman Malouf

Following the opening of the exhibition curated by celebrated filmmaker Wes Anderson and his spouse, illustrator and designer Juman Malouf, the Kunsthistorisches Museum is giving a free guided tour for Art Week, letting you see how the two quirky rummaged through the museum’s archives.

(Opening hours of museum on Vienna Art Week website)
Guided tour: The Spitzmaus in a Coffin and Other Treasures: Nov 24, 12:00 Kunsthistorisches Musuem. 1., Maria-Theresien-Platz. Register:

5. Architecture Tour of the Austrian Parliament

Under renovation for months, Parliament invites you to check their progress and peek at the site with a guided tour of the building that focuses on the original design by architect Theophil Hansens in the mid- 19th century. Helmets and safety clothing will be provided on site.

Limited number of applicants are available!
Nov 19, 11:00-12:30, Meeting point: Parliament

Binu Starnegg
Manila born, Brooklyn bred and a longtime resident of Vienna, Binu Starnegg is currently managing editor for Metropole, where he completes myriad tasks with style and aplomb. Photo: Visual Hub

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