In the middle of the Museumquartier area in Vienna’s Neubau (7th) district, you will find the Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig (Mumok for short), which translates as the Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig. The 20th century museum was founded by Werner Hofmann on September 20th, 1962. It was originally located in the 20er Haus at Schweizergarten.
The Austrian Ludwig Foundation was founded by Irene and Peter Ludwig from Aachen in 1981. They eventually entrusted a part of their collection of modern artworks to the museum on permanent loan, which is why it was named the “Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig Vienna” in 1991. It was first reopened at its new location in Museumsquartier in 2001. In 2006, the Austrian Ludwig Foundation celebrated their 25th anniversary.
Collection and themes at the mumok
The collection features around 9,000 exhibition pieces, including works of modern and contemporary art by famous artists such as Pablo Picasso or Andy Warhol. Its focuses are Classical Modernism (funded by founding member Werner Hofmann until the middle of the 20th century), the Hahn & Ludwig collections, Vienna Actionism, and Contemporary Art.
- Classical Modernism: Expressionism (Richard Gerstl, Oskar Kokoschka, Ernst Kirchner), cubism & futurism (Henri Laurens, Giacomo Balla), constructivism and Bauhaus (Piet Mondrian, László Moholy-Nagy), Dada and surrealism (Francis Picabia, Max Ernst, René Magritte), incunabula (prints from the early days of book printing), constructivist modernism from Vienna (Johannes Itten).
- Hahn & Ludwig Collections: Avant-gardes of the 1960s and 1970s – Pop art from the Ludwig collection (incl. Mouse Museum by Claes Oldenburg, Orange Car Crash by Andy Warhol), as well as works from the Hahn collection with a focus on nouveau réalisme and Fluxus; conceptual art, post minimal, arte povera.
- Vienna Actionism: A worldwide unique collection of records and documentation from one of the most radical art forms of the 20th century, prominent works from the Viennese actionists (Günter Brus, Otto Muehl, Hermann Nitsch, Rudolf Schwarzkogler), including photography, notes, sketches, and exchanges of letters.
- Contemporary Art: A collection of contemporary works from national and international artists that is constantly being expanded with new pieces. It also includes work from film and photography and a media collection.
Artworks and exhibits:
Opening hours & guided tours
Accessible offers and reductions available in the Mumok. Free entry for those under 19!
Guided tours: Tip! “Art on Thursdays” tour. The museum offers general overview tours (Thursdays 7:00 p.m., Sundays 2:00 p.m.), seated tours (Saturdays 2:00 p.m.), Tour in English (Saturdays 4:00 p.m.), and themed tours (Sundays 4:00 p.m.). There are also a multimedia guide and mumok cinema. When booking through the museum, you can freely select the focuses of your visit. Workshops are also offered.
Please note: All tours mentioned above are in German, excluding the Tour in English.
Opening times: Monday 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
360-degree interior view of the exhibition rooms
How to reach the Museum of Modern Art
Address: Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna
Public transport: Underground line U2, stop: Museumsquartier; U2/U3, stop: Volkstheater; bus line 48A and tram line 49, stop: Volkstheater; tram lines D, 1, 2, 71, stop: Dr.-Karl-Renner-Ring/Burgring (15 minutes away on foot)
Further information on the opening hours and exhibits of the art museum