Blickle Kino

The Blickle Kino at the Belvedere 21 is the only wholly intact cinema from the 1950s in Vienna. The generous support of Ursula Blickle allowed for the renovation of this extraordinary cinema, which architect Karl Schwanzer designed initially as part of the World Exhibition Pavilion in Brussels. Today, the Blickle Kino meets all cinematic standards and features a variety of programs, including the Blickle Archive Series.

Blickle Kino Innenansicht
Foto: Natascha Unkart, © Belvedere, Wien


Video art has profoundly changed both the traditional understanding of and the reception of fine art. These changes manifest themselves in the way museums program their events. The Blickle Kino showcases current film and video works and places them in the context of the history of cinema and art, highlighting interrelationships and new developments in a way that can be experienced directly.

Film screenings take place at regular intervals at Blickle Kino: they seek to initiate debates on the history and future of moving images in the context of twenty-first-century image and media culture. Filmmakers and curators are invited to present and put their works up for discussion.

Programming follows a three-prong approach: to update the video art archive for use in the Blickle Archive Series; to support Belvedere 21 exhibitions with ancillary film programs; and to offer various partners in the cinematic field a venue and support for festivals, initiatives, and platforms.


Ursula Blickle Video Archive

UBVA Online


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"Actually, cinema is a great many things. It is the material place where we go to be entertained by a spectacle of shadows, although these shadows induce an emotion in us that is more secret than the one expressed by the condescending term entertainment. It is also the accumulation and sedimentation of those presences within us as their reality is erased and altered: the other cinema, which is recomposed by our memories and our words, and which, in the end, strongly differs from what was presented when it unspooled during projection. Cinema is also an ideological apparatus producing images that circulate in society, images in which the latter recognizes the present state of its types, its past legend or its imagined futures.” 

Jacques Rancière