Literature Centres and Organisers of Literary Events

With the appearances of the Wiener Gruppe around Gerhard Rühm, H. C. Artmann, Friedrich Achleitner, Oswald Wiener and Konrad Bayer in the 1950s, literary presentation platforms developed along similar lines as publishing houses. New partnerships replaced firmly entrenched structures, and these activities provided opportunities for authors to present themselves and their works in Austria. 1961 saw the foundation of the Österreichische Gesellschaft für Literatur which was inaugurated with a reading by Heimito von Doderer from his 1962 novel Die Merowinger. In 1975, the second literary venue was established in Vienna with the Alte Schmiede. It was 15 years later that the Literaturhaus Wien opened its doors after several years of preparation. Step by step, such literature centres – albeit not all carrying the term “literature” in their name – were created in all the Austrian Länder, for instance the Robert-Musil-Haus in Klagenfurt or the Adalbert-Stifter-Haus in Linz.