The MuseumsQuartier sees itself as a place of cultural diversity, experimentation, action and mediation. It is one of the world's largest contemporary cultural areas and offers around 4.5 million visitors a year a dense programme of art and culture.
Built in the centre of Vienna’s Baroque imperial court stables, the MuseumsQuartier has expanded to include impressive contemporary buildings where it houses museums, cultural institutions and exhibition spaces on an area of around 90,000 m². The spectrum ranges from fine art, architecture, music, fashion, theatre, dance, literature, children's culture, game culture and street art to photography and design. A diverse public art programme with installations, sculptures, festival formats and concerts in the open spaces expands the area's offerings.
With the slogan "MQ goes Green", the MuseumsQuartier defines central challenges and goals for a climate-neutral cultural area. This is reflected both in measures for resource-saving operation and in artistic projects. The new MQ RESIDENCY - ART & ECOLOGY is also located in this context.
The MuseumsQuartier's international Artist-in-Residence programme, which is realised in cooperation with partners, has been offering around 60 international artists the opportunity to live and work in the MuseumsQuartier every year since 2002, to further develop their artistic projects and to get to know the local art and cultural scene. The aim of the Artist-in-Residence programme is also to continuously stimulate the art and cultural scene in the Austrian capital with external and new impulses and to promote exchange by involving international artists.
Exhibitions of contemporary art are presented in the two exhibition spaces of the MuseumsQuartier Wien, the "MQ Freiraum" and the "MQ Salon", in the baroque Fischer-von-Erlach Wing. The focus is on video works, installations and art that deals with socio-political issues.