The Vienna School of Fantastic Realism is a legend, a living legend. The museum is dedicated to the collection and documentation of works of fine art of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism and allied art in a permanent exhibition that offers an overview of this international art scene.
Following discussions between the Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs and the publisher, organizer and writer Gerhard Habarta the concept was developed for the realization of a museum of fantastic art in Vienna. The Österreichische Kulturzentrum (Austrian Cultural Centre) established in 1958 at the Palais Palffy, was approached with the idea, and responded enthusiasticly about the idea. In the Autumn of 2010 the adaptation of the premises was begun, and completed in January 2011.The opening of the museum took place on 15 January 2011 under the patronage of Austrian Federal President Heinz Fischer.
On one of the upper floors of the Palais Palffy, is where a large part of the premises (approx. 350m² ) has been adapted as a gallery museum. It is designed as a comprehensive permanent exhibition, which will be expanded over time. Visitors move through 12 chronologically arranged areas, which indicate the development of the fantastic art from their first impulses to the present day. About 150 artworks by more than 120 artists from Austria and abroad are exhibited, supplemented by texts, newspaper clippings and photos.
The first presentation of the Vienna Phantasten Museum shows the evolution, from the roots and the works of the Viennese dreamers to the youngest artists who are committed to Fantastic Art. This is then supplemented by the works of some “International Ambassadors of the Fantastic Universe,” who are representatives of the developing networks.
The classics of Surrealism, Magical Realism and Symbolism in this first phase of the museum have been deliberately omitted, thus allowing more room for the living representatives of Fantastic Art.
In October 2011, the museum participated for the first time in the “Lange Nacht der Museen” (Long Night of the Museums) and received a record crowd of 2633 visitors on the evening.
Phantasten Museum Vienna
Tel: +43 1 512 56 810
Daily 10am – 6pm