Queer Museum Vienna is the first Viennese museum devoted exclusively to queer history and queer art. Its mission is to collect and archive queer art and culture as well as mount public exhibitions. A further major aspect is education and outreach on queer themes, including via programs for young audiences. And finally, the Museum also views itself as a locus of encounter and community-building in the city.
Permanent Collection / Exhibitions:
The Museum aims to help still-peripheral artistic stances become part of the established canon, doing so as an organization consisting of peers and allies and in accordance with its own chosen parameters. An important concern is to normalize queer artworks’ exhibition and visibility in a museum context, with queer curators deciding on the forms that this contextualization takes. What’s more, queer art can only be understood based on knowledge of its history, and it is always created in interplay with society at large— which is why we accord equal importance to the project of an art collection and on exhibiting objects relevant to cultural history.
Communicating History and Culture
In collaboration with established institutions such as QWien, the Museum will make archives permanently accessible and facilitate the study and appraisal of a history characterized by the individual and collective search for identity and the attempt to find a place in the social order in terms of such things as legalization, equality, and pride.
Education and Information, Artistic and Cultural Outreach
The main concern in all this is outreach— in terms of both art education and mediation between different social groups. Each new generation of queer people comes into this world without a memory. Which is to say: it is extremely rare for children and adolescents to be informed in thoroughly and without prejudice about LGBTQI* themes by their parents, guardians, or teachers. It will hence be a priority of ours to contact schools and initiate tours and workshops for various age groups. Children’s book readings by drag queens and kings or experimental photography workshops are just a couple examples of what such offerings might include.