For the 18th consecutive year, VIENNA ART WEEK will turn all spotlights on Vienna as a city of art. This year’s theme CHALLENGING ODERS invites artists to question existing norms and orders in their artistic practice in a variety of ways: for example, by challenging and replacing existing canons, by criticising institutions, or by rethinking the social and political status quo.
VIENNA ART WEEK sees itself as a joint platform of the Viennese art community and is based on a cooperation of Viennese art institutions, art universities, galleries, and independent art spaces that is unique worldwide.
Over time, VIENNA ART WEEK has developed into one of the most important art events in the Danube region. With its 23 Art Cluster members, around 70 program partners, 35,000 visitors annually and 140 events that are open to the public free of charge, it makes Vienna’s art world visible both nationally and internationally every year in the third week of November.
The wide range of events during the week – from guided tours to expert talks, performances, workshops, exhibition openings and visits to artists’ studios – showcases the city’s high-profile art scene and is unique in its form.
“There are countless interesting events to choose from in the extensive programme of Vienna Art Week every day. It is up to the preferences and personal taste or experience of the viewer which exhibitions and accompanying programmes they visit. Some of the programmes are in English, the rest in German, and some of the artworks speak for themselves. To help you get oriented in Vienna we recommend a few events below, but personally I would advise you to find the courage of an explorer to take to the streets of Vienna with a program and a pencil in hand, driven by a passion for art. Every catch you make will make you more happy. I wish you a successful “art hunting”.
Lenka Bakes, director of Prague Art Week