The UN Vienna art collection was started by Austria, the host country, as a representation of Austrian contemporary art trends at the time of the VIC's opening, back in 1979. Since then many other Member States have added their own contributions to the collection, creating a unique mix of artistic styles, forms of expressions and cultural traditions. The pieces coexist in an environment as diverse as the art itself.
The collection includes works by Austrian modern masters such as Rudolf Hausner, Alfred Hrdlicka, Martha Jungwirth, Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Hermann Nitsch, Marcus Prachensky, Max Weiler and many more. Other highlights include a beautiful depiction of the 'Ho-o Raigi' sacred birds by Japanese artist Sagenji Yoshida; a Scholar's Pavilion built as a 'Chartaghi', a typical characteristic of Iranian architecture; and a Mongolian 'Gerege' used as a diplomatic passport in the times of Genghis Khan.
A glossy 16-page colour booklet (in German) documenting some of the highlights of the art collection is available for purchase with your in-person tour of the UN in Vienna.
The headquarters of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) houses the largest UN art collection with more than 700 works.
The United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG), housed at the historic Palais des Nations, is the second largest United Nations centre after New York.