Weekly Essentials: 27 Things to Do in Vienna

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Monira Al Qadiri »Phantom Beard«. Photo by Robert Reiger

Essentials May 13 - 19

Where to go and what to do in Vienna: We’ve selected the most exciting events and exhibition openings that should not be missed this week.

Monday

Performance
Colonial Cocktail Volume 2: Spirits
Stefanie Sourial distils the essence out of the last four-hundred years of European colonial history and packs it into a fluent sixty-minute performance at studio brut.

Festwochen
3 Episodes of Life
Markus Öhrn’s latest work draws on the #MeToo movement and investigates instances of abuse in the work environment. This journey into the darkest depths of the human psyche is surreal, highly topical and analytically accurate!

Festwochen
The Scarlett Letter
In the midst of naked male bodies, armed with such postmodern greats as Foucault and Derrida, Angélica Liddell takes on the burdens of a highly rationalized present that keeps itself captive.

Tuesday

Festwochen
The Scarlett Letter
In the midst of naked male bodies, armed with such postmodern greats as Foucault and Derrida, Angélica Liddell takes on the burdens of a highly rationalized present that keeps itself captive.

Festwochen
Diamante
Diamante – a beautiful name for a fictional city brought to life in a spectacular theatrical event by Mariano Pensotti whose three-act live epos draws on telenovela elements to depict the decline of a utopia.

Fashion
Take Festival
For five days, the Take Festival for Independent Fashion and Arts turns the former Sophienspital into Vienna’s fashion and art hotspot.

Wednesday

Festwochen
Diamante
Diamante – a beautiful name for a fictional city brought to life in a spectacular theatrical event by Mariano Pensotti whose three-act live epos draws on telenovela elements to depict the decline of a utopia.

Screening
The Blind Spot Is the Most Recent Past
Students of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna together with Diedrich Diederichsen present a short film program that aims to mediate between historical and present knowledge at mumok cinema.

Thursday

Opening
Hermann Nitsch: Spaces of Color
Painting represents both the origin and the outcome of Hermann Nitsch’s actions. The Albertina Museum now aims to allow his painted works to be perceived not as part of a greater whole, but as paintings in and of themselves for the first time.

Opening
Caroline Achaintre: Permanent Wave
Belvedere 21’s exhibition provides an insight into the wide-ranging oeuvre of Caroline Achaintre who uses traditional techniques like tapestry, drawing and ceramic in an unconventional way.

Opening
Lawrence Weiner: Just in Time
The exhibition at Galerie Hubert Winter marks the 35th year of collaboration with Lawrence Weiner, whose works, from the moment they are created in the studio, are embedded in a continuous relationship of translatability.

Opening
Leone Contini: A Bowl of Dust
Leone Contini’s exhibition at Kevin Space challenges the image of Europe and its ruins as an expression of a romantic longing permeated by the idea of new beginnings.

Curator’s tour
Vanessa Joan Müller
Vanessa Joan Müller discusses topics addressed by the presented works of Peter Friedl and elaborates on their background at Kunsthalle Wien.

Screening
At the Interface
Belvedere 21 shows film fragments by Maria Lassnig from the 70s in dialogue with scenes from Mara Mattuschka’s recent longer movies.

Festwochen
Agora
A not-to-be-missed opportunity to hear Christian Fennesz, one of the best-known representatives of the electronic »sound of Vienna«, live at Volkstheater.

Concert
Tents & Pü
Viennese pop band Tents will play a concert alongside Cut Surface’s label boss Anna Pü and her haunting solo project at Grillx.

Friday

Opening
Elke Silvia Krystufek: 30 Years - No Overview
Croy Nielsen presents Elke Silvia Krystufek’s first solo at the gallery, featuring mainly new works of the Vienna-based concept artist.

Opening
James Lewis: Sagas
»Times are legion: a different one for every point in space.« – Art space Futur2 will open an exhibition of new works by James Lewis on Friday.

Party
Fish Market
»Der Kreis schließt sich.« – Meat Market and Dead Sea Diaries will increase your heart rate with SHXCXCHCXSH at Grelle Forelle.

Festival
Hyperreality
On two weekends in May, Hyperreality will transform an abandoned hotel on an alpine pasture on the edge of Vienna into a pulsating center of club culture and present more than 60 performing artists at Sophienalpe.

Saturday

Performance
Development
Meet Scarlet, who re-imagines herself during a series of dissociative episodes, and her dubious doctor, who believes he holds the key to understanding her desire, in the performance by Emma LaMorte and Ben Marvin at Gärtnergasse.

Festwochen
3 Episodes of Life
Markus Öhrn’s latest work draws on the #MeToo movement and investigates instances of abuse in the work environment. This journey into the darkest depths of the human psyche is surreal, highly topical and analytically accurate!

Festwochen
Phantom Beard
Monira Al Qadiri’s »Phantom Beard« is a cultural fusion in which she turns Japan’s traditions and its often cheesy pop into fertile ground for dealing with the past, present-day war and uncertain future of the Middle East.

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Ruhrtriennale Koproduktion Wiener Festwochen, Grand Theatre Groningen, Berliner Festspiele / Immersion »Diamante«. Photo by Annette Hauschild, Ruhrtriennale 2018

Festwochen
Diamante
Diamante – a beautiful name for a fictional city brought to life in a spectacular theatrical event by Mariano Pensotti whose three-act live epos draws on telenovela elements to depict the decline of a utopia.

Festival
Hyperreality
On two weekends in May, Hyperreality will transform an abandoned hotel on an alpine pasture on the edge of Vienna into a pulsating center of club culture and present more than 60 performing artists at Sophienalpe.

Sunday

Festwochen
Phantom Beard
Monira Al Qadiri’s »Phantom Beard is a cultural fusion in which she turns Japan’s traditions and its often cheesy pop into fertile ground for dealing with the past, present-day war and uncertain future of the Middle East.

Festwochen
Diamante
Diamante – a beautiful name for a fictional city brought to life in a spectacular theatrical event by Mariano Pensotti whose three-act live epos draws on telenovela elements to depict the decline of a utopia.

Concert
Werk Statt Sonntag
On three Sundays in May and June, Das Werk puts a spotlight on Vienna-based musicians: the second round is done by Fingers Of God and Kobermann, both performing live.

Concert
Synesthetic Project
In collaboration with dancers, visual and multimedia artists, Nika Bauman creates relationships, connections and expressions of classical music through contemporary art using the format of a concert at Die Turnhalle.

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