“Turning and turning in the widening gyre the falcon cannot hear the falconer; Thing fall apart; The center cannot hold… and everywhere the ceremony of innocence is drowned.” –William Butler Yeats
Kunsthalle Wien opened its doors at Karlsplatz in 1992. The initially rather controversial yellow container structure not only shaped the Viennese cityscape, but also changed the local art and exhibition scene. In 2001, Kunsthalle Wien eventually moved into its new headquarters, designed by the architect duo Ortner & Ortner, at the Museumsquartier.
Kunsthalle Wien is a space which comprises the broad diversity of international contemporary art and its related contemporary discourses. To this effect, Kunsthalle Wien has been developing innovative exhibition and communication formats. As an open forum, it is not a collection, but rather both a space for established art and a negotiation site for current issues and future developments. It attaches great importance to the reflection of art and culture in addition to the presentation of art, and is equally concerned with its responsibility towards its visitors. Kunsthalle Wien is open and accessible to all.