Austrian Cultural Forum London

Austrian Cultural Forum London
28 Rutland Gate
Greater London



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The Austrian Cultural Forum London is the Cultural Section of the Austrian Embassy in London. We provide a space in central London for non-commercial arts projects such as exhibitions, concerts, films, literature events, talks and performances.

Venue Type:

Association or society, Gallery, Library

Opening hours

Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, and during evening events

Admission charges

admission is free

Additional info

Please note that this is a historic buiding and its original features might not comply with current building regulations. Unfortunately we are not wheelchair-accessible.

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Olaf Osten's Notebook with sketches

TIME(LESS) SIGNS: Otto Neurath and Reflections in Austrian Contemporary Art

  • 30 September 2014 — 9 January 2015 *on now

What is the state of art in today’s visual language? Signs, icons and ideograms determine our daily communication; pictographic guidance systems dominate public space. Much of what we understand as visual language originates in Otto Neurath’s Vienna Method of Pictorial Statistics, later known as ISOTYPE (International System of Typographic Picture Education).

This multi-media exhibition, curated by Maria Christine Holter and Christopher Burke, features over 30 contributions from renowned contemporary Austria based artists, whose work is either directly or indirectly inspired by Neurath. The exhibition presents various artistic strategies for using pictograms and pictorial statistics to visualise political, social, global or purely individual agendas. Original works by social economist and Vienna Circle philosopher Neurath (1882 Vienna – 1945 Oxford) will feature alongside contemporary pieces.

Participating artists:

Bernhard Cella, Ilse Chlan, Hazem El Mestikawy, Nikolaus Gansterer, Wilfried Gerstel, Christoph Hinterhuber, Barbara Höller, Christian Hutzinger, Martin Kaltenbrunner et al., Karl-Heinz Klopf, Matthias Klos, Lena Knilli, Clemens Kogler/ Karo Szmit, Richard Kriesche, Gert Linke,, Bernd Oppl, Olaf Osten, Hermann Josef Painitz, Waltraud Palme, Andrea Ressi, Christian Rupp, Sito Schwarzenberger, Niko Wahl, Michael Wegerer, Peter Weibel, Jun Yang and Anthony Burrill (UK).


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opera house early 20th century


  • 25 October 2014

A unique celebration of the explosive intellectual and artistic culture of Habsburg Austria 100 years ago through brand new contemporary commissions from leading lights in London’s poetry and art scene.

The tumult of early 20th century Austria reshaped culture forever through the outpouring and intermingling of titanic figures like Freud, Musil, Schnitzler, Zweig, Mahler, Wittgenstein, Schiele and many, endless others. In this night of performance, literature, poetry and art, groundbreaking artists from our own tumultuous city will call back against or in celebration of, these great figures. Curated by SJ Fowler and supported by the ACF London, this is the first in a series of four events.


Arturo Fuentes is one of the composers from Austria

Soundings XI

  • 28 — 31 October 2014

The ACF’s contemporary music platform brings together composers from Austria and the UK for a week of events including concerts, talks, and open rehearsals. Now in its 11th year, the project will join forces with students at the Royal College of Music. This is a unique opportunity to gain insight into the world of new music and to compare and contrast the work being produced in both of these dynamic and creative countries.

Curated by Mary Dullea from the Fidelio Trio, this year’s featured composers include Joanna Lee, Rúaidhrí Mannion and Tom Coult from the UK alongside Julia Purgina, Arturo Fuentes and Šimon Voseček from Austria. Concerts will take place on 30 October, 7pm at the ACF London and on Friday 31 October at the Royal College of Music.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Soundings 2014: Thursday Evening Concert

  • 30 October 2014 From 7pm

In the first evening concert from our Soundings 2014 platform for new music we present six pieces by young composers. Each composer, in conversation with Piers Hellawell, will introduce their works. The evening concerts are the highlight amongst several intensive days of open rehearsals, composer presentations, and discussions.

Šimon Voseček Haarausfall (piccolo, harp, percussion) UK premiere

Joanna Lee The Hungry Caterpillar (solo piano)

Rúaidhrí Mannion [le socrú] (violin and electronics)

Julia Purgina 4 Intermezzi (solo piano) UK premiere

Arturo Fuentes Lood (bass clarinet and electronics) UK premiere

Tom Coult Enmîmés sont les gougebosqueux (flute, piano, viola, cello)

Performed by:

Mary Dullea (piano)
Pete Furniss (clarinet)
Darragh Morgan (violin, conductor)
Alice Purton (cello)
Rowland Sutherland (flute)
Students from the Royal College of Music.


Soundings 2014: Friday Evening Concert

  • 31 October 2014 From 7pm

The second and final concert in our Soundings 2014 platform takes place at the Royal College of Music. Again we present six pieces by young composers, based in the UK and Austria, who come together for a week of workshops, rehearsals, and performances. Each composer, in conversation with Piers Hellawell, will introduce their works. The concert will be preceded by a panel discussion from 6.30-7pm.

Tom Coult Sparking and Slipping (solo violin, piano, harp, percussion)

Šimon Voseček Schatten (bass clarinet, viola, guitar, piano) UK premiere

Julia Purgina Fatrasien (clarinet, violin, cello) UK premiere

Arturo Fuentes Mimik (violin, cello, piano) UK premiere

Joanna Lee Pierrot! (flute/piccolo, clarinet/bass clarinet, female voice, piano, violin, cello)

Rúaidhrí Mannion Scáil Cruach (string quartet, bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, trumpet, tenor trombone and live electronics) World premiere

Performed by:

Deirdre Cooper (cello)
Mary Dullea (piano)
Pete Furniss (clarinet)
Darragh Morgan (violin, conductor)
Rose Redgrave (viola)
Rowland Sutherland (flute)
James Woodrow (guitar)
Students from the Royal College of Music.