Vienna Art Week | 2020

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Due to Covid-19 restrictions, this year's Vienna Art week moved their program online. Talks, screenings, tours, panels and performances were digitally presented on their platform. Offering video tours of the events, galleries had virtual tours through their preamises and artists showed walk-throughs of their art studios, and performances were screened for the online viewers. The collaborators adapted to these difficult times perfectly ,and in the end they broadened their accessibility, offering for the first time in this form, a global participation of their event.

Vienna Art Week | 2020


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Elisabeth von Samsonow | Schreibtisch der Anthropologin | Photo credit: Astrid Bartl
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Vienna Art Week 2020


VIENNA ART WEEK remains an important partner for both artists and Vienna as an art location especially in the challenging crisis year of 2020. The main goal of this year's VIENNA ART WEEK is to offer the artists of this city a strong stage in difficult times.

This year VIENNA ART WEEK will take place from 13 to 20 November 2020: The main focus will be on artists working in Vienna and Vienna's art and educational institutions (organized as Art Cluster Vienna Verein).

Vienna's art institutions, such as museums, galleries, and art universities, are making a major contribution to connect artists to the international art scene and to the associated visibility that seems indispensable especially in these times.

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Robert Schaberl | Atelieransicht | 2020 | Photo credit: Robert Schaberl

This year's motto of VIENNA ART WEEK is LIVING RITUALS and, in keeping with the prevailing situation, invites visitors to concentrate on the essential. In our society, rituals serve the social cohesion and structure everyday life.

In their original form, they integrate people into ritual processes and stand for both concentration and the dissolution of boundaries. In contemporary art, rituals can be recognized in many ways, for example in the emphasis on the ritual of ornamental form or in bodily rituals as part of the artistic canon.

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Klaus Mosettig | The-David-Plates-4| 2018 | (c) Bildrecht

But the everyday rituals of artistic production are also worth a look. Like last year, the core of VIENNA ART WEEK 2020 will be the Open Studio Days. On the weekend of November 14-15 an extensive program is planned in selected studios: Tours, studio visits and talks, both analogue and digital, will invite visitors to explore artistic production along the lines of the motto LIVING RITUALS and beyond.

Between 16 and 20 November, VIENNA ART WEEK will combine program events from the city's art and educational institutions. The partners' programs include events that can also be realized online and either involve Viennese artists or address the theme LIVING RITUALS.

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Suzanne-Dixon | Hinterhofmadonna | Image credit Vienna Art Week


VIENNA ART WEEK is a joint initiative of the most important exhibition houses, art spaces, educational institutions, and galleries of the City of Vienna, organized for this purpose as the Art Cluster Vienna-Verein. The Art Cluster Vienna was founded in 2004 with the aim of bringing Vienna as a city of art to the attention of the national and international public.

With their high-quality programs and ideas, the program partners of the VIENNA ART WEEK make a significant contribution to the success of the Art Week, which has developed into a regular event in the city's autumn of culture since 2005 and recently attracted around 35,000 guests from Austria and abroad.

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Open Studio Days | Vienna Art Week | Foto eSeL-at

Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

Architekturzentrum Wien
Association of Austrian Galleries
Austrian Frederick and Lillian Kiesler Private Foundation
Belvedere, Belvedere 21
Dom Museum Wien
KÖR (Public Art Vienna)
Kunsthalle Wien Museumsquartier & Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien & Weltmuseum Wien
Leopold Museum

MAK - Museum of Applied Arts
mumok Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien
Nitsch Foundation
Q21/MuseumsQuartier Wien
Sammlung Friedrichshof Stadtraum Secession
Sigmund Freud Museum
University of Applied Arts Vienna
Vienna Business Agency Creativity & Business


Admission to the VIENNA ART WEEK events is free of charge.

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Robert Punkenhofer | Angela Stief | Image Rainer-Fehringer

Artistic Director: Robert Punkenhofer

Project Management: Barbara Wünsch, Katharina Egghart

Mobile: + 43 (0) 699 176 90 429

Curator: Angela Stief


Text and images credit: Press release Vienna Art Week 2020

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