- Mika Vepsalainen
Kunsthalle Wien Karlsplatz - Modern Art Exhibitions in a Garden in the Heart of Vienna
Updated: Mar 18
Join us for a lovely rest in a great restaurant and enjoy simultaneously some brilliant modern art in the glass pavilion of the Wien Kunsthalle at Karlsplatz!
Kunsthalle Wien is the place for international contemporary art with two locations in Vienna, in the Museumsquartier and at Karlsplatz. It does not have a collection of its own, but instead sports a range of changing solo and them exhibitions.
Originally, Kunsthalle Wien was a makeshift structure at Karlsplatz. Opened in 1992, the exhibition pavilion was shaped like a yellow container designed for use as a temporary edifice by Adolf Krischanitz. The controversial container truly changed the somewhat conservative local art and exhibition scene in Vienna.
In May 2001, Kunsthalle Wien moved into its new primary ocation at the Museumsquartier (check our separate review right next to this one!) and the original yellow container at Karlsplatz was replaced by a current glass pavilion. Krischanitz was asked to replace his previous container and today, the glass cube is the home of a wide ranging programme of exhibitions and events as the second part of the Kunsthalle.
The location couldn’t be better right at the heart of downtown Vienna, next to the Albertina Modern, the Musikverein (your New Year Day’s concert location), in the middle of a lovely park at the Karlsplatz U-Bahn station. The Resselpark is full of activities and a great place to take a rest.
When you are done with the art, sit down for a lovely moment at the museum's brilliant Café Halle and enjoy its summer terrace - the Heuer am Karlsplatz is truly a great restaurant with a varied menu including business lunches, a large variety of wines and other drinks and some good stuff from their garden next door for you to enjoy a lovely summer day before attacking the rest of Vienna.
In addition to being a great café, the space has a newly adapted event room, an open stage with low thresholds for wide-ranging small-scale programmes in music, literature, film, fashion and more.
Next to the restaurant, in KarlsGarten, there is Vienna's first show and research garden for urban agriculture bringing the city dweller and tourist closer to natural food production. The KarlsGarten association shows a wide variety of old varieties of fruit, vegetables or grain on around 2000 square meters, which are cultivated organically according to old cultivation methods and which you can enjoy in the café.
There is no museum shop.
The building is fully accessible in wheel chairs and there is a good accessible loo, too. Enjoy!
Check the schedules of current exhibitions on the museum's website!
Treitlstraße 2, 1040 Vienna