As in London and New York, galleries hoard together in one place so that they cannot be overseen. This also goes for Vienna. There are gallery nests, among others in Schleifmühlgasse in the 4th district and Seilerstätte and Eschenbachgasse in the 1st district. Five high profile Viennese galleries found their home in Eschenbachgasse: Galerie Steinek, Meyer Kainer, Martin Janda, Krobath, and Mezzanin, which regularly open their doors together for a collective vernissage. Like yesterday. Beautiful, intellectual, important or not so important but funny people met in a good mood!
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Galerie Steinek presents the exhibition “go to reference” by Ilse Haider from April 10 to May 31, 2013. She questions the fundamental qualities of the photographic image: surface, image carrier, mediality, contents. Her photographic works assume a sculpture-like character; she no longer uses paper as substrate, as in classical photography, but wood panels, wickerwork, and uneven surfaces made of cotton swabs.
Galerie Meyer Kainer presents the exhibition “Villeperdue” by Rachel Harrison from April 10 to June 1, 2013. Harrison’s works combine various elements, which couldn’t be more disparate, into heterogeneous complex objects, images, and videos (John Kelsey calls her works “complexes” instead of “combines” in order to distance them from Rauschenberg).
Galerie Martin Janda presents the exhibition U.F.O.-NAUT JK (Július Koller) orchestrated by Rirkrit Tiravanija from April 10 to May 25, 2013. Based on Július Koller’s conceptual work, Rirkrit Tiravanija (*1961) developed new works that reflect the subversion, irony, and symbolic language of the Slovakian artist who died in 2007.
Galerie Mezzanin presents the second Vienna solo exhibition of Michael Hakimi: “Nuts should chew themselves” from April 10 to May 31, 2013. The artist lives and works in Berlin. Hakimi’s works are repeatedly described as acts of formalisation given how he checks information for its semiotic character, form, and substance and signs of their ability to represent and communicate.
Galerie Krobath presents Esther Stocker’s artworks from April 10 to June 1, 2013. Her modernist formal language manifests in a variety of artistic media, addressing a theme that dates back to the abstraction of painting in the early 20th century when Kasimir Malevich’s Black Square on White (1915) transferred painting into the non-representational realm and introduced a spatial dimension. The departure of painting towards a three-dimensional approach that goes beyond figurative representation created a wider range of possibilities to view art as a holistic experience of philosophical issues.