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the Vienna Museum Quarter

FROM THE STREET, everything looks more or less the way it has since the Baroque era. Vienna's once-upon-a-time imperial stables, commissioned by Emperor Karl VI in the early eighteenth century, present an unadorned two-story facade stretching about a quarter of a mile along the city's Museumsplatz. Only on passing into the central courtyard do visitors catch sight of the monumental structures that have risen within.

Opening to the public later this month, the MuseumsQuartier, or MQ as its logo (already emblazoned on coffee cups and Frisbees) has it, is a “cultural cluster” that will eventually house some twenty institutions dedicated to art, dance, film, architecture, theater, and new media. Acres of usable space, innovative architecture and restoration, and hearty city support have drawn these organizations, some newly formed and others long established. The MQ is doubtless an enormous

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