The history of the house


Thonet Building

On 9 April 1991, after two years of reconstruction, KUNST HAUS WIEN was opened in the buildings erected for the brothers Thonet in 1892.

KUNST HAUS WIEN houses the only permanent presentation of Friedensreich Hundertwasser's work worldwide – his philosophy, his contribution to painting, graphic arts, ecology and architecture; also his early work and tapestry as well as various models of completed and anticipated projects.

Furthermore, KUNST HAUS WIEN has so far shown more than 70 international exhibitions since 1991. Their realization became possible due to contacts with museum directors, museums, art historians and curators all over the world in cooperation with the team of KUNST HAUS WIEN.

KUNST HAUS WIEN, open daily (also on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays) from 10 am to 6 pm, secured its firm position among the established museums in Vienna within a very short time. The visitors from Austria as well as from abroad have expressed a very positive opinion on their experience at KUNST HAUS WIEN. The local and international press have certainly contributed to the great success of KUNST HAUS WIEN.


The KUNST HAUS WIEN MuseumShop, Austria's first museum shop complying to international standards and an important economic asset of the museum, also open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, has attracted the particular interest of visitors with more than 800 products.


Another big success, with its meanwhile innumerable regular guests, is the café, today the "TIAN bistro", with its paradise-like garden.


Wien Holding takes over KUNST HAUS WIEN

On 1 October 2007, after founding director Joram Harel's farewell, Wien Holding took over KUNST HAUS WIEN. Thus it ensured the museum's future in the long term, as an important factor for Vienna's cultural life and tourism economy.

By taking over 100 percent of the shares of KUNST HAUS WIEN, the cultural portfolio of Wien Holding was  strengthened with a long-term effect. Wien Holding manages KUNST HAUS WIEN as successfully as the company's whole cultural group, currently consisting of Vereinigte Bühnen Wien with the venues Theater an der Wien, Raimund Theater and Ronacher, Wiener Stadthalle, Mozarthaus Vienna, Haus der Musik and the Jewish Museum Vienna. Adding all enterprises of the cultural cluster, they attract a total of more than 3.5 million visitors per year.

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