Events in Vienna

Exhibition: Peter Paul Rubens at Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (Art History Museum)

Oct. 17th 2017 to Jan. 21st 2018:  The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna is mounting a major exhibition deicated to a Baroque great artist this autumn. “Peter Paul Rubens. The Power of Transformation” brings together works by the Flemish master that are held in Vienna with international loan pieces. The spectacular ensemble includes examples of his work as a draftsman, oil sketches, panel paintings and large-format canvasses. (1st district, Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna)

Musical: Dance of the Vampires at Ronacher

Sept. 30th 2017 to March 18th 2018:  The creepy musical “Dance of the Vampires” by Jim Steinman and Michael Kunze can be seen in Vienna again – 20 years after the original performance. The musical version is based on a cutting classic: Roman Polinski’s cult film “The Fearless Vampire Killer” from 1967. Text and singing will be in German with English surtitling. (1st district, Ronacher)

Vienna Art Week

Nov. 13th to Nov. 19th 2017:  Vienna Art Week offers a packed program of podium discussions, talks, interviews with artists, special guided tours, installations, interventions and performances. Around 90 partners, including the city’s leading museums and galleries as well as independent exhibition venues and alternative spaces, will stage a combined total of more than 200 events for art fans. (different locations, Vienna Art Week)

Christmas Markets in Vienna

Mid-Nov. to Dec. 23rd 2017:  Vienna’s Christmas markets, held on some of the city’s prettiest squares, get everyone into the Christmas mood from mid-November: Vienna Christmas World with ice rink at the Christmas Market on the City Hall Square (Rathausplatz), the Art and Christmas Market in front of Schönbrunn Palace and Art and crafts market on Karlsplatz are just a few examples. (different locations, Christmas Market Rathausplatz, Christmas Market Schönbrunn, Art and crafts market, others)

Exhibition: Aesthetics of Change. 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna

Dec. 15th to 2017 to April 15th 2018:  To enable Austrian arts and crafts to compete internationally, the School of Arts and Crafts was established at the Imperial Royal Museum of Art and Industry in 1867. The school was the predecessor institution of today’s University of Applied Arts Vienna which is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Its history is now portrayed in a large exhibition which also drafts future scenarios. (1st district, MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Arts)

Advent Concerts at St. Stephen’s Cathedral

Nov. 24th to Dec. 23rd 2017:  Treasures of the Viennese classical period sound particularly festive when played on brass instruments. The soloists of the Wiener KammerOrchester give Advent concerts in St. Stephen’s cathedral. Works by Mozart, Bach, Schubert and Haydn are performed in Vienna’s most famous church every weekend during Advent. (1st district, St. Stephen’s cathedral)

Exhibition: Masterpieces of architectural drawing

Dec. 15th 2017 to March 11th 2018:  A selection of around 120 highlights from the Albertina’s important collection of architecture-related works covers a period running from the Late Gothic and the Renaissance to the Baroque and Classicism, to Historicism and Art Nouveau, and continuing all the way to the architecture of the interwar period. World-famous drawings by Albrecht Dürer, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Theophil Hansen, Adolf Loos and many others reveal the essence and unique qualities of architectural sketches. (1st district, Albertina)

Vienna Ice World

Nov. 17th 2017 to March 4th 2018:  A paradise for ice skaters of every age is the huge ice rink at the beautiful City Hall Square. A magical ice path winding through the romantically City Hall Park and curling lanes wait for sporty visitors. Warming drinks are available at outdoor booths and in the popular Almhütte. (1st district, Rathausplatz)