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Winter 2023


until 23.12.
Mon thru Fri 16 – 23h and Sat, Sun & holiday 14 – 23h

Andrea Witzmann, Mapplethorpe2Go, 2022 © Andrea Witzmann

The winter season at the MQ has always been characterised by its atmospheric pre-Christmas ambience. This year's programme includes artist talks, performances and interventions as well as the MQ curling rink and Winter Race. The restaurants Halle Café Restaurant, Café Leopold, Dschungel Café, MQ Amore, MQdaily and MQ Kantine will spoil visitors with punch, mulled wine and winter snacks. The setting, including new tree islands, was created by designer Robert Rüf.

At MQ Point you'll find lots of shopping inspiration, from unusual Christmas decorations and fantastic gift ideas to the MQ annual pass.

Winter of Love
09.11. to 23.12., from dusk l MQ Main Courtyard & Main Facade

opening: Wed 08.11., 19h with starsky, Electric Indigo and performances by Aiko Kazuko Kurosaki, Anna Rita Cedroni and Nenosun

Julia Zdarsky alias starsky has designed a new light projection for the MuseumsQuartier called "Winter of Love". Above the main entrance of the MQ, a new sentence is shown every day, visible from afar. It deals with the current issues of our time. With her statements, starsky creates sentences that express hope and confidence.
In the main courtyard, the two historical façades as well as the ground are covered with projections. Sentences with wishes and instructions for action shine on the façades. Self-determined, humorous and discursive, new forms of action are conceived. starsky's art is an incitement to independent thought and action. It encourages us to call a spade a spade and to stand up for an open society.

Artist Talk with starsky
Wed 22.11., 19 – 20h l MQ Raum D

Verena Kaspar-Eisert, MQ chief curator, in conversation with Julia Zdarsky aka starsky about her pioneering work in large-scale projections, her guerrilla actions, feminism, analogue/digital, solidarity and wishing for a better world.


The Lovember Orchestra featuring a Music Distillery
Fri 17.11., 19h l Ovalhalle

25 musicians from different genres and cultures meet each other completely unprepared, similar to a "blind date" encounter, and make music in constellations selected by the audience. registration under:

Sun 10.12., 17 – 19h

To mark the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, Punch is served at all punch stands in the MuseumsQuartier, with the deposit on the cups going to Amnesty International Austria. As a thank you, we are giving away an MQ mug for every donation - while stocks last!
DJ set by Glossy QT.

Christmas gift tip:
To mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Austrian artist Nick Oberthaler has joined forces with MQ to produce an edition with proceeds going to Amnesty International Austria. Produced with the kind support of Foto Leutner, it is available at the MQ Point or online.

MQ Curling Rink
Mon to Fri, 16 – 22h; Sat, Sun & holiday, 14 – 22h l MQ Main Courtyard

The popular MQ curling rink will once again offer two lanes for curling this year! The artistic design is by Martin Markeli.
Reservations at
Exclusive rink rental:
€5,- ** / per person without reservation for up to 30 min
€50,- / 30 min with online pre-reservation

** no exclusive right to the track

Winter Race
Miniature car racing
Sat, Sun & holiday, 14 – 18h l MQ Main Courtyard

Once again this year, light and installation artist Martin Markeli will transform the water basin into an arena that visitors can explore with remote-controlled model cars. The temporary installation offers visitors the opportunity to experience the feeling of competition through a playful approach. The focus of the installation is the interaction between the "play objects" and the visitors, who together change the public space.

Car rental € 5,- / 10 minutes; Free with own car
Exclusive rental:


MQ Tours

At the MuseumsQuartier, art and living space merge into an inseparable unit. Our individual group or public overview tours show the various facets of the former imperial baroque court stables as well as the current significance of the MuseumsQuartier as one of the largest cultural areas of our time.

Secret MQ Tour
every Sat 14h DE, 15h EN

Fischer von Erlach Tour
Sat 02.12., 16h


Winter Sounds daily 16-22h

Live-DJs every Tue & Thu, 18-22h MQ Main Courtyard:

09.11.   Hotpotposse
14.11.   Tanja Turner
16.11.   THE ZEES
21.11.   Johnny Calzone
23.11.   Ramona & Dizzy Dee Mischgeschick
28.11.   Moska
30.11.   Mareia
05.12.   Bambi
07.12.   Succubus
12.12.   Joja
14.12.   internetsari
19.12.   Sabina
21.12.   Vittoria PS b2b DJ Pampi

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