Klimt, Schiele, Mozart are some of the grand names that are inevitably associated with Vienna. The largest ‘cafe of the world’, waltz homeland and world capital of modernism. Are you a fan of inspiring exhibitions and unusual artistic shows? See the current cultural offer and plan your visit to Vienna!

Featured exhibitions in 2018/2019 season

During your stay in the capital of Austria, it is worth stopping by the Leopold Museum, which houses an impressive collection of works by Austrian painter and graphic artist Egon Schiele. The exhibition ‘Die Jubiläumsschau’, which will last till March 10, 2019, features unusual examples of Austrian expressionism. A must-see point of your visit in the Vienna Leopold Museum is also the exhibition of works by Gustav Klimt, one of the most important representatives of the Vienna Secession. The collection of the works of the ‘Kiss’ author will be presented until 4 November 2018. Enthusiasts of photography are encouraged to visit Vienna to see the intriguing exhibition ‘Machen mich schön, Madame d’Ora!’, presenting photos taken by Dora Kallmus, a pioneer of fashion photography.

Klimt’s collection at the Leopold Museum

Klimt’s collection at the Leopold Museum © WienTourismus/Peter Rigaud

At the junction of music, literature and philosophy

What else is also worth a mention in Vienna? ‘Berg, Wittgenstein, Zuckerkandl: central figures of Viennese modernism’ is another noteworthy exhibition that you can admire at the Museum of Literature until February 17, 2019. The leitmotif is the intermingling of arts: literature, music, architecture and philosophy. Following this trail, during your stay in Vienna it is also worth visiting the Austrian State Archives (Grillparzerhaus) which will feature the exhibition ‘Ludwig Wittgenstein: Die Tractatus Odyssee’ from October 16 to November 30, 2018. It is a literary and philosophical journey into the reflection of the famous Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, which had a huge impact on the art of the twentieth century.

The National Library in Vienna

The National Library in Vienna © WienTourismus/MAXUM

A breath of orient in the heart of Europe

The exposition ‘Faszination Japan: Monet. Van Gogh. Klimt’, organised by Bank Austria Kunstforum, presents a collection of unique works by European painters fascinated by the culture of the Far East. In Vienna, it is not just paintings and graphics by the artists listed in the title of the exhibition collected in one place, but also functional items with oriental ornaments conceived by, among others, Coin, Degas, Klimt, or Toulouse-Lautrek. Thanks to this exhibition, your trip to Vienna will bring you closer the phenomenon of fascination with Japanese art, which has influenced the development of avant-garde art trends in the last years of the 19th century. The exhibition is open until January 20, 2019.

Elegant balls, artistic shows and exhibitions – you just cannot get bored in Vienna. There is nothing left to do but to treat yourself and your relatives in the magical capital of Austria!

Planned exhibitions in Vienna in 2019

What else is it worth seeing during your visit in Vienna? The exhibition ‘The city of women. Artists in Vienna from 1900 till 1938’ comprises a review of the works of forgotten, but very influential Viennese artists Elena Luksch-Makowsky, Helene Funke and Erika Giovanna Klien. You can admire their works in Lower Belvedere on January 25 – May 5, 2019. ‘Attersee. The hearth’, an exhibition dedicated to the early stage of the artistic path of European pop art pioneer, Christian Ludwig Attersee, will take place at the Belvedere 21 museum (February 1 – August 16, 2019). ‘Vienna.

A city in the mirror of literature’ is a chance to get to know the more or less known attractions in Vienna, which have appeared in contemporary literature published after 1945. This special exhibition will take place at the Literature Museum of the Austrian National Library on April 12, 2019 – February 16, 2020.

Belvedere Austrian Gallery

Belvedere Austrian Gallery ©WienTourismus/MAXUM

Christmas and carnival in Viennese style

Every day in December, Vienna attracts thousands of tourists who want to feel the true magic of Christmas, listen to Advent songs and enjoy Christmas delicacies. Wiener Weihnachtstraun, or the Viennese Christmas market traditionally takes place at the Town Hall Square (this year from November 16 till December 26), and will feature a series of cultural events. One of them includes the gala concert ‘Christmas in Vienna’ at the Wiener Konzerthaus, which will be held on December 21, 2018.

Museum District

Museum District © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

What would Vienna be without Wiener Opernball! On February 28, the interior of the Vienna State Opera will once again turn into a huge ballroom flooded with flowers and gold. And just like nearly 150 years ago, the famous notes of the Viennese waltz ‘On the Beautiful Blue Danube’ will sound again. Opernball is one of the most prestigious events in Europe, attended by well-known politicians and celebrities from around the world.

Vienna State Opera

Vienna State Opera © WienTourismus/Christian Stemper

Elegant balls, art shows, exhibitions – you just can’t get bored in Vienna. There is nothing left to do but to treat yourself and your relatives with a magical visit to the capital of Austria!

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