1945: Vienna is at the end of the Second World War 1945; Hotel Metropole lies in ruins. It had been one of the most elegant hotels of the city and a typical example of the Gründerzeit buildings that dot the Vienna Ringstrasse. Immediately after the anschluss, it was taken over by the National Socialists, who transformed it to the biggest Gestapo headquarters of the German Reich. Between 1938 and 1945, the building was the workplace of up to 900 staff members, on whom rests the responsibility for several 10,000 persons being apprehended, arrested, interrogated, tortured, deported and, in some cases, murdered or driven to suicide on the spot. In the context of Into the City, Austrian and international artists will address the culture of memory and the politics of history. Morzinplatz square, Hotel Metropole and other vanished building complexes in the Schwedenplatz area will become the starting points of an exploration of the submerged, forgotten and repressed. Four thematic areas will make up the programme, which in addition to artworks and actions will give space to numerous eyewitnesses, residents and experts as well as to the activists who are dedicated in many places to keeping the memory of the crimes and victims of National Socialism alive. The commitment of individuals and (often small-scale) initiatives will be specially emphasised in this context and critically juxtaposed with the role of local or municipal authorities in present-day endeavours to deal with history.
28 to 31 May Repressed History and Contaminated Sites
4 to 7 June Resistance and the Culture of Remembrance
11 to 14 June Aryanisation, Expulsion and Deportation
18 to 21 June Politics of History and Areas of Action
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29 May to 21 June
Into the City Centrale
Thursday to Sunday 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Art in public space
Morzinplatz and neighborghood
Das abwesende Gedächtnis
Memorial Site for the Victims of the Vienna Gestapo
Salztorgasse 6, 1010 Vienna
Thursdays through Sundays, 2 to 9 p.m.
Illusion der Schatten. Eine fotografische Annäherungen an das Simon
Galerie Splitter Art Salvatorgasse 10, 1010 Vienna
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 12 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 4 to 5.30 p.m.
Thursday and Friday 12 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. and 2 to 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 2 to 9 p.m.
In co-operation with a.punkt – Bookshop Brigitte Salanda, Augustin, Office of the 1st Municipal District of the City of Vienna, Bundeskanzleramt Österreich, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Frauen, Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance (DÖW), Blinklicht, erinnern.at, Galerie Splitter Art, Culinary School Judenplatz (GAFA), Vienna, Jewish Community of Vienna (IKG), Jewish Museum Vienna, Simon Wiesenthal Archive / Documentation Center of the Association of Jewish Victims of the Nazi Regime (BJVN), Nationalfonds, Österreich 1 (Ö1), Austrian Academy of Sciences. Institute for Cultural Studies and Theatre History, Polish Institute Vienna, Theater Nestroyhof Hamakom, Wien Museum, Wiener Stadt- und Landesarchiv, Zukunftsfonds and others
Into the City is supported by:
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Frauen
Nationalfonds der Republik Österreich für Opfer des Nationalsozialismus
Bundeskanzleramt Österreich | Kunst & Kultur
erinnern.at | Nationalsozialismus und Holocaust. Gedächtnis und Gegenwart
ZukunftsFonds der Republik Österreich