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Vienna Gallery Weekend Is Open!

Maybe you have no plans for the weekend yet – then don’t miss the Vienna Gallery Weekend with guided tours and extended opening hours! Yesterday The New Contemporary enjoyed the official opening of this annual must-be-there event at Charim Galerie in Dorotheagasse in the 1st district and Schleifmühlgasse in the 4th district. We met Antonio Coppola, Tamuna Srbliladze, Marco Lulic, Gabriele Senn, Christine König, and many, many more …

For fresh impressions by Alexander Schwarzinger click here

Antonio Coppola, Andrea Zanelli, Vincenzo Della Corte, Marialiusa Macehia

Antonio Coppola, Andrea Zanelli, Vincenzo Della Corte, Marialiusa Macehia


At Charim Galerie we met the Italian collector Antonio Coppola, who bought two of the biggest paintings by the young Czech artist Daniel Pitín. Daniel told us briefly about his exhibition: This exhibition I call “Traps”. I am trying to show some situations in the human mind which somehow trap us, and we are trying to find a way to get out, to get over it… I love to work with the spaces, and I would like to make an illusion of the space, which is somehow connected with the mind and the memory, my personal and hopefully public as well.”

His pantings reminded me of the movie Synecdoche, New York, and it also appeared to be Daniel’s favorite movie: “I like this movie because it is somehow showing what I am thinking about, that our minds build up movie scenes; a psychological life of everyone is somehow also creating spaces which are in some way connected with real spaces… And I am trying to keep this border, to stay on this tiny birder between a normal life and outside life…”

Daniel Pitín lives in Prague but visits Vienna very often: “I love Vienna because it is a very open city and they invite a lot of artists to meet here and discuss art. That makes Vienna very contemporary, it is a little bit against the big tradition behind it, but this is the way how modern cities can be more open and the direction in which culture is going.

At Gabriele Senn Gallery, one of the two galleries that had a vernissage yesterday, we met the artist Marko Lulic. He told us about his exhibition “Psychogeography”.

“For this exhibition I used a bit outdated technique called “Frottage”. It is not the most fashionable technique in our days. Before I started working with locations I had the number 12 in my mind, and 12 is, of course, not only in our culture, a symbolic number of the circle of life, circle of the world, etc. etc… So I visited all the houses that I lived in in Vienna since I was six years old… To come to 12 locations I had to add to the seven buildings I lived in my studios and some places of my ex-girlfriends. The concept is: I visit the location, use the frottage paper, press it to the surface of the wall of the house and frottage with graphite. Frottage itself is from French frotter, “to rub”, so it has something quite intimate, it is tangible but on the other hand it is also distant, you are not touching the surface itself, there is a paper in-between like a filter. I like this intimate process of being imprinted… It has a lot to do with archiving memory… “

We also visited Christine König, and she told us about a group of young artists from Eastern Europe: VICKEN PARSONS / NATALIA ZAŁUSKA / ANETTA MONA CHIŞA & LUCIA TKÁČOVÁ (this weekend is the last chance to see the show at the gallery).

“These young artists are very smart. They went to Austrian galleries to steal things (ten years ago). They stole our stuff and then they say: ‘So this is art…’ As the Western art world decides what is art that comes from Eastern Europe, they are double clever. Here, they present the Vienna private collection, but they also have a much bigger one, with 80 or 90 things from all over the world that they stole… I showed it at Art Basel once, and everyone was amazed… People came by and noticed: ‘Oh, this is my door stopper, I missed it so much…’ Another series was made when they were at a residence in Palestine and they saw young boys taking stones and throwing them at the Israelis… When they came back, they decided to reproduce it themselves from porcelain (it is extremely light and looks identical to the real stones) – they did it with a porcelain powder, burnt it, did everything themselves and hand-painted it with watercolor. It also somehow depicts the fragility between Palestine and Israel. It has a lot to do with painting because it is an exhibition about painting. We sell these stones as either 350 or 600 pieces or you can buy a single one as well (the price of one piece is 100 EUR). Alone it works perfectly as a little sculpture.”

As everyone around me was wondering: Why are not all of the galleries opening today on Schleifmühlgasse? Christine answered this question: “We had our Vienna Gallery Weekend last year parallel with VIENNAFAIR (in November), and then we decided to put it to a spring time date, which we did, but we all already had our program for this year, except for Gabi, she was the only one who could move, but we could not, so that is only the reason why…”

Vienna Gallery Weekend starts TODAY…

Contemporary Art | 3 days | all over Vienna
FREE ADMISSION to all events |

Fri, May 3, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat, May 4, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sun, May 5, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat, May 4, 3:00 pm with Susanne Neuburger
Sun, May 5, 12:00 pm with Walter Seidl
Sun, May 5, 1:00 pm with Bettina Steinbrügge

Sat, May 4, 11:00 am
with Nicolaus Schafhausen, Bettina Steinbrügge, and Marko Lulic moderated by Isolde Charim

Check out the participating galleries HERE and plan your route for this year’s VIENNA GALLERY WEEKEND:

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