The Museumsquartier in Vienna

The MUMOK in Vienna

The MUMOK in Vienna ©dclay/Flick

The Museumsquartier in Vienna is a large and modern complex of museums and cultural institutions.

Behind the baroque facade of the former imperial stables, we will find permanent and temporary exhibitions of modern art and also cultural centers of dance, art and architecture.

After you pass the gates of the Fischer von Erlach Wing (former stables), a large courtyard opens onto two modern buildings designed by the architectural firm Ortner & Ortner.

 

The modern cubes inaugurated in 2001 house two museums of modern art, contrasting with the stables built in 1725. This contrast offers a surprising combination and the court itself, known as Haupthof, is also very interesting.

Two of the most popular istitutions of the Museumsquartier in Vienna are the Leopold Museum and the MUMOK, both of the being hosted by two modern structures. The other cultural institutions are located in the vast modernized complex.

Old building in the Museumsquartier in Vienna

Old building in the Museumsquartier in Vienna ©chrisjtse/Flick

The Leopold Museum

The main tourist attraction of the Museum Quarter is the Leopold Museum, housed in a big white cube clad with limestone. The base of the museum’s collection was laid by Rudolf Leopold, who has gathered an impressive number of artworks dating from the 19th-20th century. He preferred the works of the Viennese artists such as Klimt, Kokoschka and Schiele. The result was the largest collection of the artworks of Egon Schiele.

The Leopold Museum in Museumsquartier

The Leopold Museum in Museumsquartier ©alexander.kirk/Flick

The MUMOK in Vienna

The Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien Museum is the largest museum for modern and contemporary art in Austria, and one of the largest collections in Europe. It is housed in a modern building of dark gray basalt located opposite the Leopold Museum.

Its large collection occupies five floors of which two are located in the basement. The most important exhibits include the Wiener Aktionismus, a Viennese art movement of the 1960s and other modern art movements such as Fluxus, Nouveau Realisme and Pop Art.

The MUMOK in Vienna

The MUMOK in Vienna ©dclay/Flick

Other important attractions in the Museumsquartier

There are over 20 cultural institutions scattered in this vast complex called the Museumsquartier, and a number of restaurants, cafes and shops.

A good place to start our tour is the tourist center in the Fischer von Erlach Wing where tourists can find a schedule of all activities of the Museumsquartier.

Some of the institutions have different target audiences such as Quartier 21, which houses temporary exhibitions of young artists. Other temporary exhibitions are housed in the Kunsthalle Wien, where you will find exhibits of international modern art. In Halle E+G, which is the former Winterreitschule are organized a series of concerts and shows. There is also an architectural center (Az W), a dance center (Tanzquartier), a children’s museum (Zoom Museum), a youth theater (Dschungel Wien) and even a center for mathematics.

Besides all this, the Museumsquartier has many other attractions that can be discovered by tourists who choose to visit it.

The Museumsquartier in Vienna

The Museumsquartier in Vienna ©Michela Simoncini/Flick

Leave a Reply