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Sculpture Garden

Since 2012, the sculpture garden of the 21er Haus has hosted works by internationally known artists who predominantly work in Austria. From the beginning, outdoor sculptures were an integral part of the overall architectural principle of the building. Today, the centre of the garden houses five concrete bases by Heimo Zobernig, which were developed in 2013 specifically for the museum's outdoor space.
With his flat pedestals Heimo Zobernig offers a platform for other artworks, thereby playing on the basic idea of the modernist exhibition pavilion and the prevailing notions of that period of interaction between art and architecture. As in a glyptotheque, works of Austrian sculpture are gathered within the 21er Haus’ courtyard as objects of study that possess historical reference. Since the first presentation of works by Franz West in 2012, works mounted on the bases have been rotated regularly, chosen from the Belvedere’s collection as well as from the Fritz Wotruba Private Foundation.

Besides the Zobernig pedestals, other works relevant to the museum’s context can be found in the sculpture garden. With his Wild Cube, Lois Weinberger deliberately plays on the question of pure exhibition space that has yet to be filled with meaning. Leopold Kessler’s Ghost Garden is removed from any function and is only loaded with significance via the participation of the viewer. There is also the participatory attitude behind Weltwunder (Wonder of the World) by the artist collective Gelatin, because it is only by literally immersing oneself into the work of art that one can experience it in its full dimension. Overall, the works in the sculpture garden raise the question of whether a sculpture can be read only by virtue of its form, and thus provoke a new way of looking at art.

The sculpture garden is open year-round. However, in winter it may not always be accessible due to weather conditions.

Quartier Belvedere, Arsenalstraße 1,
1030 Vienna

Wednesday to Sunday and on public holidays11 am to 6 pm
Wednesday and Fridayuntil 9 pm