Metropole caters to the interests and needs of English-speaking expat communities. Here are our curated recommendations for what you won’t want to miss in Vienna this Week (September 19 – September 26, 2017).
EVENT OF THE WEEK
The fair, now a well and truly international affair, hosts 110 galleries and institutions from 27 countries. Austrian artists Richter, Brandl and Brus are all on show, as well as the world-renowned photographers William Klein and Nobuyoshi Araki.
Besides the wealth of works and disciplines exhibited, with a particular focus this year on Hungary and also Nordic art, the festival greatly expands its appeal by hosting talks and workshops, as well as a program designed for families.
Through Sep 24, Marx Halle
ON NOW: JAZZWERKSTATT WIEN
Music collective Jazzwerkstatt hosts its annual celebration of jazz and avant-garde music. Be sure not to miss the return of JSBL, the project of Affine Records stars Dorian Concept, Cid Rim, The Clonius and Willi Rosner. On Saturday there will be a nordic walk stopping at numerous venues around the city for special performances, including collective member Leo Riegler‘s One Man Opera, and an intriguing duet between sensational drummer Martin Brandlmayer and composer Ingrid Schmoliner.
Through Sep 24, various locations
21.9 DJ SHADOW
A seminal figure among turntablists, DJ Shadow (Josh Davis) has greatly contributed to popularizing instrumental hip-hop, ever since his celebrated 1996 debut LP, Endtroducing…
Twenty years on and enjoying worldwide renown, his fifth record The Mountain Will Fall sees the DJ and producer more ambitious than ever, creating his own sounds to pair with his sample vault and teaming up with Run the Jewels, Nils Frahm and Nas.
23.9 DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE
Mozart’s beguiling fairy tale opera, Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) is this year’s pick to open the festival season at the Theater an der Wien. The adaptation led by Belgian conductor René Jacobs arrives 226 years after the original piece first premiered – conducted then by Wolfgang Amadeus himself.
You can read more about the production in this month’s magazine, or right here.
Also Sep 26 & 28, Theater an der Wien
23.9 ROOTS MANUVA
A true original and one of British hip-hop’s old guard comes to Vienna in support of his sixth album, Bleeds. I’d like to take the opportunity here to quote from his own website because I’ll struggle to put it better:
“The mighty Roots Manuva’s sixth studio album was lauded as a stunning return to form. But then, every one of his albums has been, because he’s one of Great Britain’s very greatest. A man who makes hip-hop at its deepest, rawest and most thrillingly original.”
25.9 DAS SPIEL
Philipp Oberlohr’s spellbinding one-man show traverses theater and reality. The mentalist incorporates his audience within the show in a manner that is equal parts unnerving and riveting and consequently completely addictive.
Also Nov 15, Galerie die Schöne
26.9 DAVID SEDARIS
19.9 BEST OF ALL WORLDS
The debut film from Austrian, Adrian Goiginger saw him earn the Young Director prize at the Vienna film awards this year. The story is an autobiographical one, chronicling Goiginger’s childhood as the son of a junkie in Salzburg. On Tuesday the film will be shown with English subtitles.
18:15 and 20:15, Filmcasino
20.9 THE CIRCLE
The adaptation of the dark novel by Dave Eggers stars Emma Watson as Mae Holland, a bright young woman with ambitions of working for a leading tech firm. She eventually does land her dream job, with a powerful technology and social media company called The Circle, but is disturbed to discover their experiments for data collection through worldwide surveillance.
18:40, Haydn Kino
The eighth Slash Film Festival opens with Andrés Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s horror novel. The original 1990 dramatization that starred Tim Curry as Pennywise and ruined clowns for children for generations to come gets an overdue update for today’s kids.
Read more of our highlights for Slash Film Festival here
When someone consistently makes as compelling, vibrant and bizarre music as Flying Lotus has, you’d be tempted to ask what could happen if they were put behind a camera. Many people will now be apologizing for not soothing that curiosity before the producer got the notion to build his twisted movie debut, Kuso. Though, whilst some of it conforms to its sci-fi narrative, and some just defies all sanity, it’s definitely worth watching for George Clinton, and new music from Richard D James, aka Aphex Twin, Thundercat and Flying Lotus himself.
19.9 PARALLEL VIENNA
The unique art show is now in its fifth incarnation, seeking out vacated spaces and filling them with new and vibrant works. Last year the festival took over the largely dormant Alte Post (Old Post Office) in the first district where there were paintings that scaled the hallway walls and sculptures swelling out of doorways. There was also a human elevator. This year they’ll be transforming the premises of the Alte Sigmund Freud University with over 50 galleries and independent artists vying for your attention.
Through Sep 24, Alte Sigmund Freud University
19.9 SIGN WEEK
The ideal precursor to Vienna Design Week, if by name only, comes Sign Week Vienna. Initiated by Tom Koch and artist and photographer Achim Gauger, the week is a look back at some of Vienna’s iconic typography. Koch is the co-creator of photobook Ghostletters of Vienna, navigating Vienna’s history by its storefronts.
You can read more about the festival from them right here.
Through Sep 27, various locations
20.9 BC21 ART AWARD
Austrian-born or long-term resident artists under 40 exhibit their works in competition for €20,000 in prize money. The winner, as chosen by a committee, will be announced in early October, but for now you can see the offerings of the shortlist which include my favorite by Nilbar Güreş titled Escaping Cactus (shown above).
Through Nov 19, 21er Haus
22.9 CERAMICS AND PORCELAIN FAIR
Collectors, connoisseurs and the just downright curious are invited to appreciate the rich diversity of contemporary ceramic art and porcelain. The workshop also opens its doors with experts happy to talk through the making process.
Through Sep 24, Augarten Poryellanmanufaktur
22.9 ANTON KOLIG
Of course when the topic comes to Viennese expressionist painters people are quick to mention the brilliance of either Kokoschka or Schiele, but Anton Kolig is an artist who has long largely, and undeservedly, gone unnoticed. This exhibition of Kolig’s surviving works shows deft use of color and light in portraiture. Well worth a look-see.
Through Jan 8, Leopold Museum
24.9 TAG DES DENKMALS
Austria’s contribution to European Heritage Day sees the Federal Monuments Authority open its doors all across the country for a peek behind the scenes.
22.9 HUMANITIES FESTIVAL
Bringing speakers together from across the spheres of art and culture for the second time, this year the festival turns over the topic of ‘Revolution’, circumnavigating pivotal cases in our history from the Industrial Revolution to the annexation of the Crimea by Russia. A rare opportunity to meet with keen minds and exchange reflections on the causes and effects of radical change. What’s more, all of it is completely free! Our Editor-in-Chief will be moderating a conversation with Anton Shekhovtsov on ‘The No Longer Silent Counter-Revolution’.
Through Sep 24, various locations across Karlsplatz
22.9 THE ACOUSMATIC PROJECT
The Acousmatic Project is an experiment in sounds and the recording of sounds as 30 speakers are placed in a room to operate singularly or in unison at the whim of the mixer. Thomas Grubach started this sound project a decade ago and invites visitors to celebrate its 10th anniversary by holding a series of talks and performances from artists and scholars across the weekend. On both Friday and Sunday the talks will be in English.
18:30, Through Sep 24. Academy of Fine Arts
22.9 WIEN WOCHE
A concerted attempt to look beyond capitalism and the lifestyles that seem inherent to it, the festival merging creative arts and activism pays particular attention to our modern perceptions of time. Thus, the focus for this year is on “The sweetness of doing nothing”.
Through Oct 1, various locations
23.9 THE WORLD'S BIGGEST EYE CONTACT EXPERIMENT
If you’re borderline sociopathic and aren’t overly enthused by holding someone’s gaze like me, this won’t fill you with ease. The project taking place over the weekend is part of a much larger international scheme to help people engage with one another again in an age where we spend a great deal more time staring at screens. How hard could 60 seconds with a stranger be?
11.00-14:00, 7., Zieglergasse
23.9 KAFFEEHAUS FLOHMARKT
Vienna’s coffee society converges to sell fresh beans and all the gizmos needed to make the perfect cup – including cups – at the headquarters of the Viennese coffee instituition.
10:00, 16:00, Julius-Meinl-Gasse 3-7
24.9 WIENER FOTOMARATHON
The largest photo marathon in the world bids budding shutterbugs to compete in capturing the most memorable shots based on 12 themes in 12 hours. If you’re not taking part you can expect to see plenty of peekers behind lenses in peculiar positions around town.
Start 9:00, Messe Wien
26.9 VIENNA NIGHT RUN
Run, walk or wheel the 5km course for charity that takes you on an atmospheric tour of the inner city.
19:00, Start at Universitätsring