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Celebrating 30 Years

30 Years of the Az W

Let's celebrate!

Fri 30.06.2023, 15:00-22:00
Many colourfully dressed people in front of a brick wall, confetti flying through the air and the number 30 stuck to the wall

30 years of the Az W
© photograph: Katharina Gossow

For 30 years, the Architekturzentrum Wien has been showing what architecture can do, and what education, research and a collection can achieve. To mark this anniversary, we are opening up the entire building and inviting visitors to take a look behind the scenes of the museum's multifaceted work.

In 1993 the Architekturzentrum Wien began its test run in what was then the Messepalast trade fair centre. This was the beginning of a success story. Three decades later, the Az W has long since become one of the world’s leading architecture museums and plays a decisive role in shaping the architectural discourse. On around 2,200 square metres in the MQ, the Az W engages with current issues and the future, and always sees itself as a bridge between the professional world and everyday expertise. Have you ever wondered how an exhibition is created, how people work in a collection, what can be done in a museum’s workshop, or how to reach the Az W’s attic? From 15:00, you are all cordially invited to see the Az W from a different perspective. There is a gathering of international and local voices for the official part of the evening, after which it’s partytime in the courtyard.


All Open Az W from 15:00
Admission free, Join in at any time

Library: Bookbinding Workshop
Workshop: Build your own Insect Hotel
Staatsratshof: Starting point for the Az W Treasure Hunt
Sattlerhof: Building Neighbourhoods with Lego
Yasmeen Lari exhibition: Information About The Future
Gallery: eSeL Photo Station — What can Architecture do for the Future?

15:30 & 17:30 Permanent Exhibition A special guided tour — at ground level and on the first floor
15:00 & 17:00 Special excursion „On Stables, Trade Fairs and Museums“ Excursion of the MQ and the Az W premises and grounds

Free ice cream for all children to celebrate the end of term!

19:00 Anniversary Ceremony

Andrea Mayer State Secretary for Arts and Culture
Michael Ludwig Mayor and Governor of Vienna
Veronica Kaup-Hasler Executive City Councillor of Vienna for Cultural Affairs and Science (Video greeting)
Hannes Swoboda President of the Az W
Angelika Fitz Director of the Az W
Karin Lux Executive director of the Az W

… and many others

Moderation: Anna Soucek, Journalistin Ö1

Followed by a party in the Az W-courtyard!

Az W 30 Jahre