21er Haus

© Belvedere, Vienna
© Belvedere, Vienna
© Belvedere, Vienna
© Belvedere,Vienna

The 21er Haus building was originally designed by Karl Schwanzer as the Austrian Pavilion for the 1958 Brussels World Expo. In 1962 it was adapted and opened as a museum of twentieth-century art in Vienna; until 2001 this architectural gem was used by Vienna’s Museum of Modern Art as an exhibition venue. After being transferred to the Belvedere, it was remodelled and adapted by Viennese architect Adolf Krischanitz, a student of Schwanzer, and reopened in November 2011 as the 21er Haus, a new museum of contemporary art. Besides this iconic building, temporary exhibitions, and presentations of the collection, the cinema Blickle Kino, the 21er Raum, Sculpture Garden, and Salon für Kunstbuch are all important features of the 21er Haus concept. The museum also houses the Artothek des Bundes and the archives of the Austrian sculptor Fritz Wotruba.

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