Corona in Vienna:
A Collection Project on the History of the City
How will future generations know what the Corona crisis meant for Vienna? Digital formats come and go – objects remain.
On 25 March 2020, the Wien Museum launched an appeal to collect and asked for references to objects that tell of the changed private or professional lives in the times of Corona. In a first step, digital photos of the objects were collected. By the end of June 2020, more than 2,300 entries with over 6,000 picture suggestions had reached us; a selection of 235 photos can be seen here.
In June 2020, after the end of the first corona lockdown, the second phase of the project started, in which selected objects were also physically transferred to the collection of the City of Vienna, which is administered by the Wien Museum. Curator Martina Nußbaumer and Anna Jungmayr, Curatorial Junior Fellow at the Wien Museum, viewed the objects according to the following criteria, among others: Does the object have a concrete reference to Vienna? Does it tell a representative and socially relevant story about the Corona crisis? Can its material properties be permanently preserved? At the same time, the personal stories that the owners relate about their objects are also documented.
The selected objects were stored in the museum's depot and thus secured for posterity as well as future exhibitions, publications, and research. Furthermore, there is the ongoing possibility to send photos of your "Corona objects" to wien2020(at)wienmuseum.com. Please, convey what these things mean for you. (By sending the photos to us, you give your consent for the publication of the images by the Wien Museum).