A short walk from the Belvedere, the Belvedere 21 is interesting both for its original design as well as its collection of contemporary art.
This impressive building was the Austrian pavilion for the World Expo held in Brussels in 1958. The Belvedere 21 earned the Austrian architect Karl Schwanzer the Grand Prix of Architecture for its ingenious design. The building was later transferred to Vienna and today is home to a museum of contemporary art. Since 2002 it is part of the Belvedere. Adolf Krischanitz, a disciple of Schwanzer’s, was responsible for its remodeling and adaptation in 2011.
The venue houses a collection of Austrian art dating from 1945 to the present day, complemented by works of contemporary art from the Belvedere. It also has a café-restaurant and a movie theater, in addition to the temporary exhibitions and events that are organized regularly.
Watching one of the films screened at the Blickle Kino – a cinema that dates back to the 1950s– and then have a Viennese coffee on the fabulous terrace of the sculpture courtyard.
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Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 Vienna
Please note that reconstruction measures will take place at the Lower Belvedere and Belvedere 21 during 2020. During this time partial or complete closures may occur:
Partial closure at the Lower Belvedere: 2nd June 2020 – 23rd June 2020.
Palace Stables and State Rooms (Hall of Grotesque, Marble Hall and Gold Cabinet) will be open.
Partial closure at the Lower Belvedere: 24th June 2020 – 30th Sept 2020
Orangery, Palace Stables and State Rooms (Hall of Grotesque, Marble Hall and Gold Cabinet) will be open.
Belvedere 21 lower floor. Complete closure expected: 13th Jan 2020 – 18th Oct 2020
Visiting the 21er Haus
I have been to the 21er Haus and it was awesome! The collection included works of art by great artists and it gave us an overview of what contemporary art really is. The Viennese coffee was a big plus, not only for its incredible taste but also for the location in which it was served, the terrace of the sculpture courtyard. The experience was absolutely positive and everone that goes to Vienna should not miss it!!