MuseumsQuartier Turns Ten

Since its inauguration in June 2001, the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna has become one of the biggest centers for arts and culture in the world, as well as a popular meeting place known for its big colored benches. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, this year in the period of April to October, the MQ is offering an even more extensive and versatile program. Here are the main events of the celebratory program.

* Flederhaus

The celebratory program has started in April with the Flederhaus project. This art object, located in the public area in front of the MQ, symbolizes a self-sustainable construction and invites visitors to think about the future in a positive way. Wicked pictures: Masterpieces of Black Humor, an open-air comic books exhibition; PlayFace InterCult, a digital culture exhibition; and an international dance day, were also held.

* Peter Sandbichler

Starting mid-May, the lobby of the MQ will be dominated by giant inflatable plastic sculptures made by renowned Austrian artists Erwin Wurm, Peter Sandbichler and Gunter Damisch, representing tangible examples of innovation in art. The sculptures will be put on display once more in June and September. The summer at the MQ has officially begun on the 5th of June with the Kons Goes Public eclectic music and dance program in collaboration with Konservatorium Wien University. On the 19th of May the Get in the Haze exhibition will be inaugurated. The exhibition is dedicated to the complex relationship between fashion and contemporary art and includes fashion designs, videos, photographs, installations, sculptures, performances, works of textile art, lectures and workshops by the unconventional talents whose work ranges form radical to eccentric and visionary. Sofa unplugged is one of the projects that invites visitors to explore urban space and to take part in activities and discussions. The Sofamaschine chorographical project will be held on the 20th of May.

* Get in the Haze

* Sofa unplugged                                                          * Sofamaschine

June will bring a web of sound objects into the main yard of the MQ. These objects will react with sound to the everyday activities of the people staying and passing through the MQ. On the very anniversary of the first opening of the MQ, which took place on the 30th of June 2001, a big open-air celebration will be held and it will include the participation of the Czech duet DVA; the Polish band Miloopa and the Romanian-German vocalist Miss Platinum. Following their performances, a German artist group Urbanscreen will give an audio-visual performance on the façade of the Leopold Museum.

* frame[o]ut * O-Töne

Like every year, July and August will be marked by festivals at the MQ: O-Töne for literature and frame[o]ut for films. For its tenth anniversary O-Töne will be expending its program with renowned European writers, as well as open-air readings; and for the first time, frame[o]ut will include European feature films and documentaries, as well as films created using some of new media, ranging from crowd-sourced films to innovative animation.


In September, the MUMOK is celebrating its own tenth anniversary in the MQ with the Museum of Wishes exhibition, and the Leopold Museum, which was also inaugurated ten years ago, will present an extended exhibition by Egon Schiele entitled Melancholy and Provocation. September also brings the Vienna Fashion Week, which will be held at the MQ for the third time.

As the main event in September the organizers announce an open-air music event entitled Experience Music.

Along with the events listed here, numerous other events will also be taking place during the celebratory months. Should you find yourself in Vienna during this period, be sure to take a look at the extensive MQ program.

Tonči Kranjčević Batalić