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History of the Belvedere 21


The Belvedere 21 is located in one of the most significant post-war era buildings. Awarded the Grand Prix d’Architecture, the museum was initially constructed by Viennese architect Karl Schwanzer for the 1958 Brussels World Expo. Its sleek formal structure, glass halls and use of fresh building materials class the pavilion as a prime example of modern architecture. After the Brussels World’s Fair the building was reinstalled in the Viennese Schweizer Garten, adapted to the museum’s purposes and opened as the Museum of the Twentieth Century in September 1962. Under the name 20er Haus, it quickly established itself as an important site for the exposition of modern and contemporary art in Vienna. Once the Mumok moved into the newly built MuseumsQuartier at the end of 2001, the building stood empty. In 2002 the building was transferred to the Belvedere and in 2007 Adolf Krischanitz, a student of Karl Schwanzer, was awarded the contract to renovate this former architectural jewel. In November of 2011, the museum celebrated its reopening with its new name, 21er Haus – Museum of Contemporary Art. In January 2018, the museum was renamed from 21er Haus to Belvedere 21. Fortified under the strength of the Belvedere umbrella brand, the Belvedere 21 has been repositioned as a meeting place within an urban district of the future, a vibrant art space with high-calibre exhibitions and interdisciplinary and multimedia formats.

Quartier Belvedere, Arsenalstraße 1,
1030 Vienna

Wednesday to Sunday11 am to 6 pm
(also valid on public holidays)
Long Evenings: Wednesday and Friday11 am to 9 pm
(also valid on public holidays)

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