Each month we will introduce you to one of the more than 50 art and culture initiatives which are housed at Q21.
Jan Arnold Gallery: Curated Space & Missing Link
Walther Koenig Books
Q21 Backstage: In December we present Walther Koenig Books, renowned for its wide selection of books on art and architecture, theory and philosophy, design and photography. The Vienna shop opened in 2008 in the MuseumsQuartier Wien and is the only branch in Austria.
During this tour, visitors may be lucky enough to get a glimpse behind the studio doors of the guest artists, and the initiatives based at Q21 talk about their work. The tour also includes a guided visit to the current exhibition at the frei_raum Q21 exhibition space (Exhibitions April-November).
It is a special responsibility of art mediation to introduce young people to contemporary art and culture. For some youths, a visit at Q21 can be their first contact.
Exhibition tours allow international curators to provide an insight into the projects they have been working on.
Micromuseums - Art in public spaces
This passage examines the city through the lens of contemporary literature and presents young writers from Austria and abroad. Johanna Kandl has given the passage its visual appearance with her work “Mit Vorsatz”, a German expression meaning both “with endpapers” and “with intent.”
The series TONSPUR presents a changing selection of sound art pieces by international artists for the public space at MQ Vienna. Their multichannel sound installations overturn common stereo images and create walk-in audio spaces. Taking the physical architecture of the passage as a starting point, a virtual architecture is build from sound.
KABINETT comic passage
In the KABINETT comic passage located in the passage between Mariahilfer Strasse and Fürstenhof exhibitions dedicated to various forms of the combination of words and images (in common parlance: comics) are held. The passage comprises two and a half gallery spaces and a vending machine containing the publications accompanying the exhibitions.
STREET ART PASSAGE VIENNA
In this passageway an independent team of curators presents regularly changing exhibitions of international Street Art. The permanent design of the passage has been conceived by the renowned French street artist Invader. Each exhibition is accompanied by an issue of “betonblumen” magazine, which is available at a vending machine on site. Curator:...
Typography is the design and use of letters, hence the design of content. Typefaces have always been created for a certain task and can never be considered in isolation of a purpose. Typography does not replace, but support–or else sabotage–content. Typopassage, a micro museum for design, exhibits reflections on cultural and social importance by...
The Meteoritenpassage connects the MQ directly and symbolically with the neighboring Museum of Natural History. The central theme of the passage explores how present-day scientific museums evolved out of 18th- and 19th-century mineral collections and classification systems. Each poster from the on-site vending machine comes with a changing artistic...
A passageway as a compact traffic tool: this narrow space features a staircase, a bridge,
a lift and several railings and doors. Artist Hans Schabus covered the walls and ceilings in hammer paint—a kind of varnish primarily used for the manu- facturing of machines. The colour reseda green creates a link
to Otto Wagner’s Stadtbahn (“Vienna...
Sternenpassage highlights various artists whose work broadly relates to photography and illumination. It presents their works across four illuminated circular display cases on the walls, combining them with telescope images of outer space. The diagram on the ceiling dates back to the Baroque period and depicts a comet‘s elliptical path, held in...
Q21 provides workspace for around 50 initiatives, organizations, agencies and editorial offices working in the cultural sector. This creative space is spread across over 7,000 sqm within the MuseumsQuartier Wien. In this way, Q21 brings the “creative” aspect into one of the world’s largest complexes for art and culture.