The Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna is a non-collecting art centre which organizes and hosts temporary exhibitions of contemporary art. It opened in 1992, and was originally located on Karlsplatz, in a container-shaped building designed as a temporary site by the Austrian architect Adolf Krischanitz. In 2001, it moved into a new building in the Museumsquartier, along with other museums from Vienna. The Kunsthalle is international in scope and has a remit to exhibit local, national and international artists.
The temporary building erected in 1992 on Karlsplatz was heavily criticized and debated in the Austrian press. It was replaced by a smaller glass construction, which now serves as a "project space" exhibiting emerging artists and special group exhibitions for the Kunsthalle. One of the Kunsthalle's two cafes is also located on the old site.
In 2002, the Italian art magazine ARTE named the Kunsthalle Wien as one of the six best contemporary art centres in Europe.
- http://www.kunsthallewien.at/en/ Home page in English.
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