5 of the best places for contemporary art in Vienna

1) Mumok

As one of several art museums it is located in MuseumsQuartier, the former Hofstallungen. Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, or the full name of mumok, exhibits modern art. Ortner & Ortner designed a black monolith, seeing as the wow factor is inside.

metal sculpture in front of the Mumok Vienna

2) Sammlung Essl

Karlheinz Essl built a museum for his own modern art collection in Klosterneuburg near Vienna. In February 2017, the art world finally sat up and noticed it when the Albertina took over the collection because of financial problems.

Das Esst Museum Vienna

at: The Albertina Museum, Albertinaplatz 1

+43 (0)1 534 835 40

http://sammlung-essl.at

3) Leopold Museum

Ortner & Ortner Baukunst created this light, white museum as a contrast to the black mumok nearby. Its collection starts in the 19th century, focussing on Egon Schiele of course. But they also have some amazing artworks from the 20th century, which date from before World War II. Combine with mumok.

Leopoldmuseum Vienna

MuseumsQuartier, Museumplatz 1

+43 (0)1 525 700

http://leopoldmuseum.org

4) Kunsthalle Wien

In recent years, Kunsthalle Wien has focussed on participation. You’ll often see experimental works in this contemporary art museum. They have no collection of their own, so they organise plenty of different exhibitions. Follow the eagle.

Blue and White contemporary art at the Kunsthalle Wien

5) 21er Haus

The architect Karl Schwanzer designed this building for the World Expo in 1958. The award-winning design still looks just as fresh today. After being adapted in 2007 by Adolf Krischanitz it now is part of the Belvedere. This house for the 21th century is dedicated to contemporary art. The best opening parties in town!

21er Haus Vienna

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