Spielplan
Tue 31 October 2017
18:30 h Konzerteinführung Wien Modern Wiener Konzerthaus, Schönberg-Saal
19:30 h J'accuse Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal
Wed 01 November 2017
Thu 02 November 2017
16:00 h Bilder im Kopf Dschungel Wien
18:30 h Konzerteinführung Wien Modern Wiener Konzerthaus, Schönberg-Saal
19:30 h Das Floß der Medusa Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal
Fri 03 November 2017
16:00 h Bilder im Kopf Dschungel Wien
19:30 h Burning Bright MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle G
21:30 h Burning Bright MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle G
Sat 04 November 2017
16:00 h Bilder im Kopf Dschungel Wien
18:30 h Konzerteinführung Wien Modern Wiener Konzerthaus, Wotruba-Salon
19:30 h Claudio Abbado Konzert Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal
Sun 05 November 2017
13:00 h Cartier-Bresson Christine König Galerie
16:00 h Kopfaug Alte Schmiede
18:30 h Fremde Ohren oder: Wie Musiker das hören Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal
19:30 h Chinese Opera Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal
Mon 06 November 2017
Tue 07 November 2017
Wed 08 November 2017
Thu 09 November 2017
Fri 10 November 2017
Sat 11 November 2017
14:00 h An die Grenze 1-3 Auf der Schmelz
18:45 h Einführung Neue Oper Wien MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
19:30 h Die Antilope MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
20:00 h Die Reise Mondschein
Sun 12 November 2017
13:00 h Wasserwege Lusthauswasser im Prater
20:00 h Oh, I see Künstlerhaus
Mon 13 November 2017
19:30 h Arditti + Walshe Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal
Tue 14 November 2017
18:45 h Einführung Neue Oper Wien MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
19:00 h It's a bird! ORF RadioKulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal
19:30 h Die Antilope MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
21:00 h Wall Studies Galerie Jünger
Wed 15 November 2017
18:45 h Einführung Neue Oper Wien MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
19:30 h PHACE Wiener Konzerthaus, Berio-Saal
19:30 h Die Antilope MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
20:00 h Die Reise Mondschein
Thu 16 November 2017
17:00 h mdw-Rahmenhandlung: Workshop Wiener Konzerthaus, Wotruba-Salon
18:30 h Konzerteinführung Wien Modern Wiener Konzerthaus, Schönberg-Saal
18:45 h Einführung Neue Oper Wien MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
19:30 h Les Espaces Acoustiques Wiener Konzerthaus, Großer Saal
19:30 h Die Antilope MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
Fri 17 November 2017
20:00 h Les continents MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle G
20:00 h Die Reise Mondschein
22:00 h Two Whiskas MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle G
Sat 18 November 2017
16:00 h An die Grenze 4 MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle G
18:30 h Eyes wide shut I Austrian Film Museum
20:00 h Die Reise Mondschein
22:00 h Hecker MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle G
Sun 19 November 2017
Mon 20 November 2017
18:30 h Konzerteinführung Wien Modern MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle G
19:30 h Le Encantadas MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle E
Wed 22 November 2017
19:30 h Erste Bank Preisträgerkonzert Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal
Thu 23 November 2017
Fri 24 November 2017
Sat 25 November 2017
18:30 h The Acousmatic Project I Kuppelsaal der Technischen Universität
Sun 26 November 2017
13:00 h The Acousmatic Project II Kuppelsaal der Technischen Universität
18:30 h mdw-Rahmenhandlung: Konzerteinführung MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle G
19:30 h Daily transformations MuseumsQuartier Wien, Halle G
Mon 27 November 2017
Tue 28 November 2017
19:30 h La Lontananza Wiener Konzerthaus, Mozart-Saal
Wed 29 November 2017
19:30 h Imaginary Landscape ORF RadioKulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal
Thu 30 November 2017
19:30 h 13 Farben der Abendsonne Musikverein, Gläserner Saal
Fri 01 December 2017
11:00 h Generalprobe ORF RadioKulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal
18:30 h mdw-Rahmenhandlung: Konzerteinführung ORF RadioKulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal
19:00 h Bilder im Kopf ORF RadioKulturhaus, Großer Sendesaal

History Wien Modern

The festival owes its existence to the initiative of the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado. As music director of Vienna State Opera he convinced leading political and cultural representatives of the need to create an independent forum in Vienna for the music of the 20th century. The aim of the new festival, set up in 1988, was to re-vitalise Vienna’s traditional musical scene. In the dialectic betwee musical tradition and innovation, Wien Modern was conceived as an international platform for the latest musical trends, presenting major works of new music to Vienna’s public.

With this main idea in mind, Wien Modern focused between 1988 and 1995 on the presentation of leading composers of the 20th century. No less than 36 composers of different generations, cultural backgrounds and aesthetical concepts were invited to Vienna and showcased in portrait concerts, workshops and talks. The first years of Wien Modern have contributed to the festival's international reputation and have been decisive in establishing the musical avantgarde in Vienna’s music life.

Theme-related concerts marked the festival programme between 1996 and 1999. The titles of the festival «Foreign Worlds» (1996), «Voices.Words» (1997), «On the Fringe of Europe» (1998) and «Rites.Myths» (1999) highlighted different themes, which play a major role in the production of contemporary music. Wien Modern highlighted the influence of non-European music on the Western avantgarde, shed light on the treatment of the human voice in contemporary music and explored the existence of musical-aesthetical centres and peripheries in Europe.

The focus on theme-related questions has remained an essential aspect of Wien Modern’s artistic concept planning. For example, the production of electronic sound and its impact on New Music were highlighted in Wien Modern 2000. Since then, experimental electronic music has formed an essential part of the festival’s artistic profile. The integration of visual media in 2001 has opened the festival towards other arts: dance, performance, visual arts, film and video – as they interrelate with music have become a vital part of Wien Modern. Wien Modern sees itself today as a forum for the rich diversity of contemporary music and a network to other media.

Lothar Knessl, Karsten Witt, Christoph Becher, Thomas Schäfer and Berno Odo Polzer have shaped the festival's artistic profile since its foundation. In 2010 Matthias Lošek took over the artistic direction of Wien Modern. He has been instrumental in opening up Wien Modern still further to other arts. The focal points in recent years included «UK Collection», «Tanz – Wien Modern bewegt» and an evening of dance for the advanced «RSO Wien Modern TANZT», a complete performance of Friedrich Cerha's «Spiegel» and in 2014 «on screen» and the commission of a sitcom-opera. Under Lošek's artistic leadership, a whole range of new formats was introduced – such as «Wien Modern: Im Gespräch», «Easy Listening», «Wien Modern StudioNÄCHTE» and «Wien Modern KlubNÄCHTE» – with the aim of targetting new audiences.Wien Modern Transfer marked the expansion of the festival's outreach and youth work with workshops, audience debates and round-table discussions. Among the featured composers of recent festivals are Johannes Maria Staud, Mark Andre, Friedrich Cerha, Wolfgang Mitterer, Olga Neuwirth, Peter Eötvös and Georg Friedrich Haas.

Since 2016 Bernhard Günther is the festival's artistic director.

Contact

Wien Modern
Lothringerstraße 20
1030 Vienna

Tel.: +43 1 24200
office@wienmodern.at