Photo of the old Anker bread factory, in the foreground metal prongs


One subject, two photographic forms of mass media, 150 years in between. The Wien Museum’s “Almost“ exhibition combines two photo series that fall into the genre of “imaginary journeys.” The point of departure for these journeys is a project launched by the architecture journalist Wojciech Czaja in the spring 2020. Czaja explored the wide world within Vienna’s city limits on his Vespa, photographing buildings, architectural details, and urban atmospheres that reminded him of foreign places and distant metropolises — almost Paris, almost New York City, almost the New Territories of Hong Kong. For months he posted his snapshots on Facebook, triggering a storm of enthusiasm.

The Covid measures of 2020 made travel difficult. 1873 posed difficulties as well: Exploring the world was, in principle, still prohibitively expensive for most people. The World's Fair in the Prater thus offered people the opportunity not only to learn about the latest industrial and cultural achievements of the participating countries, but also to embark on a “world tour in miniature”. Spread across the 230-hectare exhibition grounds, roughly 200 mainly temporary buildings invited visitors to do just that. Viennese Photographers’ Association offered souvenir photos of these journeys in what was then a new mass medium. The Wien Museum holds hundreds of these photos in its collection.

Spaces of thought open up in this dialogue between the two photo series, spaces that encompass questions of authenticity and similarity, image-formation and cliché, memory and imagination.

“Almost“ is both a world tour and a journey through time along the construction fence on Karlsplatz.


Wien Museum Karlsplatz

1040 Wien

Tickets & Info

Open-Air-Ausstellung / open-air exhibition

Current Dates

  • Sat. 06 Mar 2021
  • Sun. 07 Mar 2021
  • Mon. 08 Mar 2021
  • Tue. 09 Mar 2021
  • Wed. 10 Mar 2021
  • Thu. 11 Mar 2021
  • Fri. 12 Mar 2021
  • Sat. 13 Mar 2021
  • Sun. 14 Mar 2021
  • Mon. 15 Mar 2021
All dates

All Dates


  • Tue. 16 Mar 2021
  • Wed. 17 Mar 2021
  • Thu. 18 Mar 2021
  • Fri. 19 Mar 2021
  • Sat. 20 Mar 2021
  • Sun. 21 Mar 2021
  • Mon. 22 Mar 2021
  • Tue. 23 Mar 2021
  • Wed. 24 Mar 2021
  • Thu. 25 Mar 2021
  • Fri. 26 Mar 2021
  • Sat. 27 Mar 2021
  • Sun. 28 Mar 2021