On Display: Current Exhibitions

Acting for the Camera

Through June 5

1., Albertinaplatz 1
Daily 10:00–18:00, Wed to 21:00

This exhibition explores the diverse relationships and creative interaction between a photographer and his portrait subjects. Around 100 works drawn from the Albertina’s permanent collection are on view, including photographers Günter Brus, Rudolf Koppitz, Will McBride, Arnulf Rainer and Erwin Wurm.




Alfred Wickenburg: Visions in Color and Form

Through Jul 16

©Artothek des Bundes

Upper Belvedere
3., Prinz Eugen-Straße 27
Daily 10:00–18:00

As part of the successful Masterpieces in Focus series, this time it’s Alfred Wickenburg’s turn in the spotlight. Famous for his colorful oils and stained-glass windows, the Graz artist’s work will be supplemented with a hoard of archival material, allowing for an exceptional insight into the life of this Austrian master.



Anna Virnich: Sticky Note

May 18 – Jun 24

Galerie Halgand
6., Stiegengasse 2/3 (Mezzanin)
Wed – Fr 12.00 – 18.00, Sat 11.00 – 15.00

That persistent itch, that lingering aftertaste… Berlin-based artist Anna Virnich uses sound, scent and light in artworks that have a strong emphasis on the sensory and sensual.




Bird’s-Eye Vienna: The City at a Glance

Through Sep 17

Wien Museum
4., Karlsplatz 8
Tues–Sun (inc. holidays) 10:00–18:00

As Vienna’s urban sprawl continues apace, this exhibit offers a look at the city from above. Featuring rare and beautiful maps, paintings and models from throughout the ages.


Book Covers of the Wiener Werkstätte

Through Jun 18

MAK, Works on Paper Room
1., Stubenring 5
Wed–Sun 10:00–18:00, Tue to 22:00

Painter/designer Koloman Moser and the architect Josef Hoffmann also designed book covers with self-produced marbled paper or kid leather, as well as exotic leathers – the prevailing design principle was geometrization and a wide range of highly diverse decorative motifs.



Camille Henrot: If Wishes Were Horses

Through May 28


4., Treitlstrasse 2
Daily 11:00–19:00, exc. Thurs 11:00–21:00

Drawing on a wide range of references, Henrot examines what it means to be human in her first solo show in Austria, consisting entirely of new works created especially for the exhibition.



Carl Spitzweg – Erwin Wurm. Hilarious! Hilarious?

Through June 19

Leopold Museum
7., Museumsplatz 1 (MuseumsQuartier)
Open daily 10:00–18:00, Thursdays to 21:00

A Leopold Museum exhibition juxtaposes the past and present with two artists famous for their satirical takes on everyday social norms. Read our review in the April issue of Metropole.




Daniel Richter: Lonely Old Slogans

Through June 5

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3., Arsenalstraße 1
Wed 11:00 – 21:00, Thurs – Sun, Holidays 11:00 – 18:00

A comprehensive retrospective of smart and psychedelic work from this prominent painter, who has strong ties to the city.




Eduard Angeli

Through June 25

1., Albertinaplatz 1
Daily 10:00– 18:00, Weds 10:00–21:00

To celebrate the Vienna artist’s 75th birthday, the Albertina presents a retrospective of his works – covering everything from his pastel works of the 70s and 80s, to his more recent paintings, broodingly gloomy, which explore space and loneliness. Many of the latter are scenes painted in Venice, whose quiet, decaying courtyards seem perfectly to express his saturnine style.



Edward Burtynsky: Water

Through Aug 27


3.,Untere Weißgerberstraße 13
Daily 10:00–18:00

Burtynsky’s first large-scale solo exhibition in Austria showcases the artist’s breathtaking large-scale photography of the beautiful paths – both natural, and man-made – of the substance necessary to our existence on Earth. The photographer’s obsession with such landscapes are born out of a desire to put himself  at the ‘service of a culture of sustainability,’ by highlighting the ways that water is wasted, and reflecting on the elemental beauty of the very commodity that we misuse.

Read our preview from the May issue of METROPOLE here.



Egon Schiele

Through June 18

1., Albertinaplatz 1
Daily 10:00–18:00, Wed to 21:00

Getting ready for the 100th anniversary of the artist’s death, the Albertina has mounted a “comprehensive” exhibition of his artworks – well, actually 160 of his gouaches and drawings, many from the permanent collection that aren’t often exhibited. Read our review in Metropole‘s April issue.





Feminist Avantgarde of the 1970s

Through Sep 3


7., Museumsplatz 1
Mon 14:00–19:00; Tues–Sun 10:00–19:00; Thurs 10:00–21:00

On show are 300 works of the 1970s by 48 artists from Europe and North and South America. They include well-known names like Cindy Sherman, Ana Mendieta, and ORLAN, and also a large number of lesser known works. There are eight Austrian artists: Renate Bertlmann, Linda Christanell, VALIEEXPORT, Birgit Jürgenssen, Brigitte Lang, Karin Mack, Friederike Pezold, and Margot Pilz.

This exhibition of works from the SAMMLUNG VERBUND collection showcases the emancipation of female art in the 1970s, as female artists strove to free themselves from male influence in the spheres both of home life and in the art world, exploring ideas of normative feminine sexuality and societal expectations of beauty.



How to Live Together 

May 25 – Oct 15

Kunsthalle Wien
7., Museumsplatz 1
Daily 11:00–19:00, Thursdays 11:00–21:00



Nicolaus Schafhausen enlists the help of over thirty artists to dissect the topic of social integration in an increasingly fractious world. Talks and artworks discuss how moving towards a civil society and focusing on what connects us might be able to remove the distrust of the other.


Joannis Avramidis

May 19 – Sep 4

Leopold Museum
7., Museumsplatz 1 (MuseumsQuartier)
Open daily 10:00–18:00, Thursdays to 21:00



A year after the death of the seminal Austrian sculptor, this retrospective showcases his lifelong obsession with the human form.


Klaus Pichler: This Will Change Your Life Forever

Through Jun 17

Anzenberger Gallery/Brotfabrik

11., Absberggasse 27
Wed–Sat 13:00–18:00

The photographer voyages through the strange world of quackery and pseudoscience, showing the fruits of two years’ immersion in the esotericist scene.



Lawrence Alma Tadema

Through Jun 18

Lower Belvedere
3., Rennweg 6a
Daily 10:00–18:00, except Weds 10:00–21:00

The celebrated Dutch-born Victorian artist gets a full retrospective of his works, depicting the sensuality and decadence of the ancient world.






Maria Theresia – The Powerful Matriarch of the Habsburg Dynasty

Through Jun 5

Austrian National Library

1., Josefsplatz 1
Tues – Sun 10:00–18:00, exc. Thurs 10:00–21:00

Celebrating the 300th birthday of one of Austria’s most endearing icons. Maria Theresia, although never crowned, was nevertheless known as the Empress of her people, with a strong personality that seemed to galvanize and bind the Austrian people.

A collection of over 160 pictures, prints and writings show the different facets of her personality, from successes to crises, in her roles as stateswoman, wife and mother.



Martin Beck: Rumors and Murmurs

Through Sep 3

7., Museumsplatz 1
Mon 14:00–19:00; Tues–Sun 10:00–19:00; Thurs 10:00–21:00


A comprehensive solo exhibition showcasing the diverse artistic output of Martin Beck. The artist, who splits his time between New York and Vienna, is primarily concerned with themes of showing, memory, collectivity, and the idea of creating and finding images. The exhibition features just about every kind of medium imaginable – from photos, to sculptures, to drawings and installations – including many made especially for this show.



Mit offenem Mund. Photographs by Cristina Garcia Rodero

Through May 26

Instituto Cervantes
1., Schwarzenbergplatz 2
Mon – Thu : 09:00 – 13:00 & 14:00 – 18:00; Fri: 09:00 – 13:00

Magnum photographer Cristina Garcia Rodero’s work stands out for its natural, spontaneous aesthetic, captured with great patience and a gift for timing. The exhibition features over 50 remastered, mostly unreleased photographs spanning her entire career. Read more in our April 2017 issue.




Mood Swings

Through May 28

7., Museumsplatz 1
Tues–Sun 13:00–20:00

In the post–factual age realities are increasingly engendered by our moods. Whether in the realms of government, finance or mass media, this exhibition explores the sway emotion holds over decision–making processes in the modern world.

Free entry.






Trude und Elvis. Wien – Memphis – Hollywood

Through Nov 12

Jewish Museum
1, Dorotheergasse 11
Sun–Fri 10:00–18:00

An exhibition documenting the serendipitous story of Trude Forsher. Gain an insight into the life of an icon of Rock’n’roll, as seen through the eyes of the Viennese woman who not only escaped the ravages of the Nazis, but then moved to New York and became private secretary to The King himself.




The Vulgar

Through Jun 25

Belvedere Winterpalais
1., Himmelpfortgasse 8
Open daily 10:00–18:00

A treasure trove of fashion items that designers and brands would prefer to forget, with Yves Saint Laurent, Miu Miu, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Pam Hogg, and Christian Dior among the guilty. Read our review in the March issue.






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