Vienna – The Culture Capital

Schönbrunn Palace: Christmas market Schönbrunn
©WienTourismus / Günther Ezsöl

There are literally hundreds of cultural events that take place in Vienna each year. From anniversaries to festivals, art exhibitions to concerts. Here is a small listing of some 2013 highlights which all happen against a backdrop of architectural splendour recognised with the Austrian capital’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Verdi and Wagner bicentenary
In 2013 the music world will mark the 200th anniversary of the births of Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner. Vienna’s opera houses will be presenting various works by the two great composers during the year.;

Summer Night Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in front of Schönbrunn Palace – May 30, 2013
The annual Summer Night Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the biggest highlights of the Viennese concert calendar. For one night only the Vienna Philharmonic will serve up classical music at its finest in front of one of the Austrian capital’s best loved landmarks – free of charge. The 2013 concert will be conducted by Lorin Maazel.

Konzerthaus centenary – Oct 19, 2013
The Wiener Konzerthaus will be celebrating its 100th anniversary with a particularly fine program this year. The official birthday party will take place on October 19, 2013.

Albertina: 10th anniversary
10 years ago, the Albertina reopened after a program of refurbishment, restoration and new building work that went on for more than a decade. Since then, the Albertina became one of Austria’s most significant museums, holding world-famous works from Bruegel, Rembrandt and Rubens. The museum will celebrate its birthday with two major exhibitions in 2013: from March until June visitors will be treated to a selection of precious drawing by Dutch masters, and from  September to January 2014 masterpieces of Matisse and the Fauves will be on display.

Clouds. Triumph of the Ephemeral/Leopold Museum – Mar 22-Jul 1, 2013
From around 1800, artists increasingly channelled their energy into creating ultra-lifelike representations of clouds. The exhibition looks at the different ways that clouds have been depicted in art during the course of the past two centuries. The artists on display include Caspar David Friedrich, William Turner, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Edvard Munch, Ansel Adams, Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer.

Opening of Prince Eugene’s Winter Palace – October 2013
The state rooms of the Baroque winter palace in Vienna’s historic old town (Himmelpfortgasse 8, 1010 Vienna) will be open to the public once again in October 2013 for an exhibition to mark the 350th anniversary of its former owner’s birth. As the fourth location in the Belvedere’s portfolio, Prince Eugene of Savoy’s erstwhile winter residence will be given a new lease on life as a centre of cultural heritage and contemporary art.

Vienna Art Week – Nov 18-24, 2013
The Vienna Art Week has gone from strength to strength since its inception, and is now one of the leading art festivals in Europe. Over a period of seven days visitors will have the pick of special guided tours, gallery days, panel discussions and much more besides.

Lucian Freud/KHM – Oct 8, 2013-Jan 6, 2014
Works by Lucian Freud will be on show in Austria for the first time at the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The exhibition, designed in close cooperation with the artist himself in the weeks and months before his death in July 2011, will include examples of his work from all stages of a prolific career spanning 70 years.

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