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The city of Vienna
Vienna is perceived as an old and traditional city, steeped in history and classical elements of the country’s past. It is not generally associated with contemporary art, however, unbeknownst to most tourists, Vienna’s contemporary art scene is actually thriving behind the cover of the city’s palaces and antique buildings.
Art in the Austrain capital
Vienna as the capital of the Hubsburg Empire back in the day and the Republic of Autria now, is home to countless artworks: starting for gems of architecture such as the Schoenbrunn Castle to unique painings by Gustav Klimt (e.g. "The Kiss" at the Belvedere Museum of Vienna).
The city’s art hotspot of these days is in Schleifmühlgasse, located in the 4th district, however there are museums and galleries located throughout. What many definitely do not expect to find is the street art gracing the walls of Vienna. Street artists have become to gain a significant position in this city, with ROA and Nychos to name a couple.
Contemporary Art in Vienna
Bäckerstrasse4 is an art gallery dedicated to showcasing the work of young artists who are still undertaking their studies or have just recently graduated. The gallery aims at supporting artists and helping them get started in the industry by giving them a space to display their work and be recognized by visitors and collectors. Visiting this gallery presents a great opportunity to see the variety of work that young artists are presenting currently to keep up to date with the direction of contemporary art and the newest trends. What is more, the galley does not limit itself to one genre of art. It displays everything from sculpture to photography, building a reputation for being inclusive as an art gallery.
Galerie MAM (Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art) is made up of contemporary artworks from international and renowned artists. This gallery tends to stick to a certain theme in its displays despite the work being created independently. Sculptures being a main focus, you’ll be sure to encounter some really interesting works of art in this gallery.
Finally, Galerie Ulysses has been at the forefront of the Vienna Contemporary Art scene since 1974. The directors have 2 different aims in their approaches. One likes to focus on the American Contemporary Art whilst the other directs his attention to the European Art Scene. This means that any visitor to the gallery is well-exposed to a diverse range of works.