As you may have known from Social Media, I spent last weekend in Vienna. Some weeks ago I received an invitation to sample the Vienna MuseumsQuartier for 48 hours. I was immediately red-hot, as I’ve been bitten in the back by museums. Unfortunately, I have too little time for visiting exhibitions. Irina got permission accompanying me and both of us were eagerly looking forward to the #MQSummerOpening. My last visit to Vienna dated more than one year back. Unfortunately, we did not make it last year to visit the MuseumsQuartier.
Our arrival was brightened by the most wonderful summer weather enhancing our good mood to the top. The MQSummerOpening offered a choice of guided tours followed by live concerts in the evening. The weather was super. Rain sadly spoilt this event last year. What luck did we have this year!
Here a short video of the atmosphere:
48 hours MUSEUMSQUARTIER WIEN
We visited the MuseumQuartier Wien right in the early afternoon. I immediately fell in love with the beautiful and well-equipped Museum area – modern architecture inside framed by classical architecture outside. The various passages/entrances led to three different courtyards, being interconnected amongst them.
AQUADROME with boat race
“The atmosphere here is completely different!”
There is also a museum quarter in Munich, but the atmosphere is by far not as good as in MQ Vienna. When events are organised, then only at the Königsplatz. Although many other squares are wonderful, they are very rarely used. What a difference in Vienna! The Hauptplatz constitutes a beautiful centre, which got crowded already upon our arrival. In the huge water basin, the AQUADROME, boat races took place. In the forecourt, they played miniature golf and inaugurated a boule alley.Mood Swings – Über Stimmungspolitiken, Sentiment Data, Market Sentiments und andere Sentiment Agencies
MuseumsQuartier Wien #MQSOMMEROPENING
We had several guided tours on our program, which I had picked in advance. Guided tours are always super for knowing the individual museums and obtaining more information on the exhibitions.
Regrettably, time was too short for covering all guided tours. The first day we visited the following exhibitions, which I can highly recommend to you:
- „SUBTEXT: TYPEDESIGN. gegenwärtig – lokal: contemporary – Austrian“ at designforum Vienna
- „a_schau. Austrian architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries“ at Architekturzentrum Wien
The concerts started around 6pm and the main square was so packed. We could get up the terrace and enjoyed the last sun rays from there. We let the evening fade away with a cozy dinner in the garden of Glacis Beisl. Luckily, our hotel wasn’t far away. In fact, the hip 25hours Hotel MuseumsQuartier is only a five minutes walk distance.
Museumsquartier Wien On LEOPOLD MUSEUM’S TERRACE
Luckily, we had one more day to explore Vienna. Leopold Museum first. The museum is not only architectonically my favorite but also the exhibitions were great. The museum has the biggest Egon Schiele collection. In the lower floors you’ll find works from Erwin Wurm, whose humor is so great. Moreover, I absolutely love the pictures from Carl Spitzweg. Not for no reason the exhibition is called: “CARL SPITZWEG – ERWIN WURM: Köstlich! Köstlich?” (engl. hilarious). Yes it was hilarious!
One of our highlights was definitely that we were allowed to get up onto the roof of the Leopold Museum. The view was breathtaking!Irina and me on the roof of Leopold Museum
MuseumsQuartier Wien FEMINISM AT MUMOK
The close by MUMOK museum holds contemporary art. Right now you’ll find an interesting exhibition called „WOMAN. FEMINISTISCHE AVANTGARDE der 1970er-Jahre aus der SAMMLUNG VERBUND“. (engl. “Woman. Feministic avant garde of the 1970s from the SAMMLUNG VERBUND”)WOMAN. FEMINISTISCHE AVANTGARDE der 1970er-Jahre aus der SAMMLUNG VERBUND
I highly recommend a visit of the MuseumsQuartier when visiting Vienna. The museum area is made for everyone! Hopefully I’ll manage to go to Vienna again this summer. You’ll find great events at the MQ all year round. As a matter of fact, you’ll find me there again for their winter opening!
Have you already visited the MQ? Did you like it?
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