Moving History. Viyana - Beč - Vienna

5 Oct 2017 – 11 Feb 2018

Wien Museum

Vienna, Austria


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​Labour migration from former Yugoslavia and from Turkey has made its imprint on Vienna since the 1960s and has wrought substantial changes in the city.


Recruiting agreements concluded at the time sought to help Austrian businesses overcome an acute shortage of domestic labour. Among the migrant workers who came to Austria, many believed they would take a job here for a while to save up for a better life in their home countries. But the plans for non-permanent working arrangements turned out to be unrealistic in many cases. Workers were joined by their families, and migrants founded civic associations, opened shops and other businesses – and kept postponing their planned return. 

Using objects and materials which Wien Museum acquired through its project “Migration Sammeln – Collecting Migration” in 2015-16, the exhibition “Moving history. Viyana Beč Vienna” has been designed to give visitors insights into the daily lives of migrants – at work, at school and in their spare time. Many of the items on display are unspectacular as such, but all of them are intimately linked to personal memories and tell many different stories, speaking of personal experiences and life events. The history of migration is thus shown as an integral part of Vienna’s city history.

With this exhibition, Wien Museum is highlighting the significance of immigration. Beyond that, we wish to honour those who were prepared share their personal life story with others by donating objects to the museum.


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