Dragging your kids along to the museum can be boring for them in a best-case-scenario and cause thousands of Euros worth of damage at worst. Luckily, there are better ways for the young ones to get involved with classic and contemporary art. To show off what Viennese institutions have to offer, they will be hosting fun workshops at viennacontemporary.
Arsenalstraße 1 | 1030 Vienna
After two exciting months of interactive art weeks and summer games at 21er Haus and its sister museum Belvedere, the contemporary art museum continues to invite children to experience Ai Wei Wei’s exhibition Translocation – Transformation, celebrate the year of the ape and learn about China in the process. Workshops on tea houses and temples are on until November. 21er Haus workshops cater to ages 3 – 13, but at the weekly Baby at the Museum guided tours, toddlers and their parents are welcome as well.
ZOOM Children’s Museum
Museumsplatz 1 |1070 Vienna
As the name suggests, this is a whole museum dedicated to children aged zero to fourteen. It offers a changing array of interactive exhibitions and workshops on sciences, art, architecture and everyday culture. In contrast to museums for adults, ZOOM invites children to touch and try out exhibits and experience the world through their tactile sense. Joungsters aged 8 and over can engage their technical as well as artistic sides in animated film and sound workshops, starting from September 30th after a summer break.
Stubenring 5 |1010 Vienna
The Austrian Museum of Applied Art offers MAK Design Kids workshops for everyone aged aged 8 and over, or, if you prefer to stay together, MAK4FAMILY worshops for the whole family (ages 4 and older). The workshops take place on alternating Sundays from 2 -4 pm.
MAK also offers guided tours for Families on Sundays, vacation programs on school holidays in February and July, as well as the opportunity to go on individual tours about the topic of your choice. For independent visitors, the MINI MAK Guide (available at the museum shop) gives the “Minis” a manual for exploring the museum their way.
For young and old visitors with a newfound obsession with Pokemon Go, MAK offers reduced entry to the lucky ones that “catch them all” in and around the museum.
Kunst Haus Wien
Weißgerberlände 14 | 1030 Wien
The colourful art of Friedensreich Hundertwasser has a lot that appeals to children, aas does the uneven ground and the small but lush garden at creatively designed Museum Hundertwasser. There are various German-Language programs for different ages to engage with the Austrian painter and architect. For visitors up to the age of 18 years one-hour guided tours in various languages are available upon request. There are also tours for school-aged children for current exhibition Martin Parr – A Photographic Journey (until November 2nd).
Museumsplatz 1 | 1070 Wien
Kunsthalle regurlarly offers workshops for children and teens that give insight into the exhibitions and the artists’ creative processes, as well as support children and teens in acquiring practical skills and techniques. Workshops always accompany current exhibitions – e.g. for the show Beton (concrete), there even is a concrete work city where kids can learn how to make and modulate this difficult material themselves.
Museumsplatz 1 | 1070 Vienna
Vienna’s Museum of Modern Art regularly offers open art studios for the it’s youngest visitors, called x-small studio, where children between 4 and 6 can have fun painting, scribbling or making clay models. The next dates coming up are September 4th and 8th. For older children, there are workshops on Saturdays and Sundays, sometimes with special guest like visiting artists or with a specific theme. Kids can borrow Art-Transporters at the front desk. Filled with different materials, pencils and paper, as well as ideas for exploring the museum. The young art aficionados can also use it as a drawing board, to carry their stuff or to sit on if they get tired. Also keep an eye out for the Christmas special! Used gift wrappers can be transformed into sculptures in January.
Vienna’s Art History Museum (KHM), Albertina, Museum Leopold, and Belvedere offer extensive program for kids of all ages as well. As in all of Austria’s Federal Museums (inclusing also MAK, mumok, or 21er Haus) entry is free for those under 19.
Family program during viennacontemporary
In 2016 viennacontemporary will collaborate each day with a different Viennese art institution, which will offer its own special educational program for children ages 3 to 12. There will also be an open painting studio for kids of all ages.
AI WEIWEI workshop for children
hosted by 21er Haus | 22 September, 2:00–5:00 pm
The 21er Haus kid’s workshop at viennacontemporary is dedicated to Chinese calligraphy and to the Chinese dragon. Visitors are invited to create colourful dragon masks or experiment with fire-breathing dragons, and explore the art of book binding and decorating with Chinese or Latin characters.
WE ARE THE MAK – What and where is the MAK?
hosted by MINI MAK | 23 September, 2:00–5:00 pm
What is applied art? What is a museum? Where are the borders between applied art and fine art? Finding objects at viennacontemporary that bridge the gap between these two areas is the focus of this workshop – besides self-designing and creating an object out of wire and cardboard. From an art object to a car, almost anything can be created!
hosted by mumok | 24 September, 2:00–5:00 pm
mumok’s children’s club will bring their Art Transporters to viennacontemporary. Aside from the usual content, they will also pack their children’s books “Lilli scribbles” and “Lilli blots”, and everyone will explore the fair and their own artistic ambitions together.
The Colourful Print Workshop
hosted by Kunsthalle Wien | 25 September, 12 – 3 pm
Nathalie Du Pasquier’s artistic world is like an explosion of colors, shapes, and patterns. The current exhibition at Kunsthalle Wien includes furniture, materials, and carpets she created as a designer, or things she finds particularly interesting, such as vases, tools, or stones. The workshop at viennacontemporary was inspired by Nathalie Du Pasquier’s art. At the colourful print workshop, young visitors can experiment with colors and patterns and create a print for their own tote bag.
The Contemporary Malraum
… is a platform for uninhibited painting and encourages young visitors to freely express their fantasy and creativity. This open painting studio will be presented by Dr. Ulrich Jordis, who regularly holds Malraum-sessions at three Vienna-based primary schools. Contemporary Malraum is accessible for the complete duration of the fair during regular opening hours.
For further information on the Family program at viennacontemporary, please check our website.
22–25 September 2016
Marx Halle Vienna