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Vienna, forever the Eldorado of art

Art lovers are truly spoilt for choice in the Austrian capital. The trendy MuseumsQuartier is highly recommended for short trips, with a number of institutions on offer, each of which with their own focus. For those with more time, the Baroque architecture in the Oberes Belvedere and the Museum Liechtenstein are guaranteed to impress, housing first-class collections of paintings. Peaks of artistic excellence spanning many centuries are on display in the Kunsthistorische Museum and the Albertina. But lovers of contemporary art will take time to visit the Kunsthalle, Secession and the internationally operating galleries there.

Vienna classics - Leopold Museum and MuseumsQuartier

The world’s leading Egon Schiele collection: The focus of the Rudolf Leopold collection is Austrian Modernism. In this, the most visited establishment in the MuseumsQuartier, the public can view extracts from the collection and special exhibitions < more >

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Vienna classics - Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna (MUMOK), MuseumsQuartier

An extensive collection: The Museum’s collection comprises 9,000 20th-century artworks. The main focus is the permanent collection "Rebellion and Awakening in the 1960s" < more >

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Vienna classics - Oberes Belvedere

A popular destination for international art tourists: In the Baroque Palace, along with the world-famous Gustav Klimt collection, amongst others, works by artists Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka are on display < more >

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Vienna classics - Kunsthistorisches Museum

Museum collections of distinction: The attractions include artefacts from Ancient Egypt through to the 18th century, Renaissance paintings and Baroque paintings such as the world’s largest Bruegel collection < more >

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Vienna classics - Albertina

From late Gothic period to the present day: In the neoclassical Palais Albertina, one of the world’s most important print collections with works by Raffael, Michelangelo and Anselm Kiefer can be found < more >

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Vienna classics - Liechtenstein-Museum

One of the largest private collections worldwide: Parts of the collection belonging to the Fürstenhaus Liechtenstein are on display in the Gartenpalais, adjacent to which is a reconstructed Baroque garden and 19th-century landscape park < more >

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Vienna classics - Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste

European painting from the 15th to the 19th century: Works by Rubens, Tizian and Rembrandt form part of the collection. The gallery spaces in the Akademie were renovated over many years and reopened in Fall 2010 < more >

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Vienna classics - Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAK)

A museum steeped in tradition: Amongst other things, the Museum’s collection features ceramic, jewellery, woodcarvings, textiles and modern design. The Museum’s Director Peter Noever places emphasis on contemporary art, promoting new perspectives < more >

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Inside tipp Vienna - Kunsthalle/MuseumsQuartier

Photography, video, installations and new media: The former riding hall, together with a new building by architects Ortner & Ortner, houses exhibitions of international contemporary art < more >

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Inside tip Vienna - Wiener Secession

International pieces of topical interest: In 1898, the Wiener Secession building was constructed for the Vereinigung bildender Künstler (Association of Visual Artists), whose chairman at the time was Gustav Klimt < more >

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Inside tip Vienna - Galleries on Schleifmühlgasse

Successful galleries: The renowned galleries of Georg Kargl, Gabriele Senn, Kerstin Engholm and Klaus Engelhorn as well as Christine König - all representatives of international artists - can all be found on the Schleifmühlgasse < more >

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Leopold Museum/MuseumsQuartier (1), Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Vienna (MUMOK)/MuseumsQuartier (2), Oberes Belvedere (3), Kunsthistorisches Museum (4), Albertina (5), Liechtenstein-Museum (6), Stadtpalais (6), Gemäldegalerie der Akademie der bildenden Künste (7), Museum für Angewandte Kunst, MAK (8), Kunsthalle/MuseumsQuartier (9), "project space"/Kunsthalle (9), Wiener Secession (10), Georg Kargl (11), Gabriele Senn Galerie (11), Christine König Galerie (11)