Check out institutions participating in the 10th edition of VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary(organized by VF Betriebsgesellschaft mbH).
DEPARTURE the creative unit of the Vienna Business Agency
With the project curated by_vienna, departure, the creative unit of the Vienna Business Agency, supports the systematic collaboration of selected Viennese galleries with international curators. The objective of curated by_vienna is to strengthen the international networks of galleries, curators, and art institutions.
Reflections on the intersections between art and architecture provide the impetus for the sixth edition of curated by_vienna. Accordingly, the renowned architectural historian and theorist Beatriz Colomina has written an essay entitled “The Century of the Bed” for which this year’s event has been named. This theme provides a theoretical basis for both the participating galleries, and for the curators invited by the galleries.
Citing a 2012 article in the Wall Street Journal, which reported that 80 percent of young New York City professionals work regularly from bed thanks to today’s extensive digital technology, Beatriz Colomina establishes that a unique horizontal architecture has taken over between the bed inserted in the office and the office inserted in the bed. It is magnified by the “flat” networks of social media that have themselves been fully integrated into the professional, business and industrial environment in a collapse of traditional distinctions between private and public, work and play, rest and action. The curators and galleries involved in the project pick up these aspects in manifold ways.
Thursday, 2 October 2014
6:00–9:00 pm in all participating galleries
Further information: http://www.curatedby.at
Duration 3 October–8 November 2014
The University of Applied Arts Vienna is home to more than 2.000 students, many of whom come from other countries, both within Europe and abroad.
The broad spectrum of artistic disciplines, complemented by a large number of scientific subjects, certainly enriches the special atmosphere that prevails at the »Angewandte«.
The concept of the university as a place for critical reflection upon one’s personal thought and action, a place where questions are more important than patent solutions – this idea flourishes at the Angewandte. Studies are not limited to the mere conveyance of artistic techniques and skills. Rather, the development of individual artistic creativity and critical reflection upon one’s work on the basis of theories and concepts are our foremost priorities. Students learn and experience art not just as an end in itself, but fundamentally as a departure point and medium for communication, where the analysis of the significance and effects art has in society play an important role. Encouraging the development of creative visions and facilitating artistic experiments, in tandem with a commitment to technical excellence and conceptual brilliance, are the basic elements of the quality standard the Angewandte sets for both teachers and students alike.
The Angewandte sees itself as a place for free artistic and academic expression, as a forum for open debate, and as a laboratory for artistic visions, which unfold their potentials in the society of the future. Our goal to remain one of the best art schools in the world is inextricably linked to the consistent effort invested into continually increasing our quality standards, the ongoing renewal of creative potential, and our uncompromising advocacy of artistic and academic freedom.
ALERT studio is an independent project initiated by Raluca Demetrescu, Alina Buga and Catalin Burcea in order to create a platform for research and promotion of contemporary artistic production. Assuming the function of a laboratory space, Studio Alert proposes a meeting between artists, ideas, directions and speeches from different areas of conceptual and cultural spaces. Critical thinking and interrogation are important and valued as research methods in the contemporary cultural and artistic field.
ALERT studio stands as a gallery project, connecting three areas of artistic exploration – PINK | RED | WHITE – into one space. But these coordinates do not mean indexing, labelling and restriction. They may intersect, combine in new shades, and may always communicate and trigger debates.
Atelier 030202 Gallery is a platform for contemporary art based in Bucharest (RO) which is dedicated to Young artists, curators and art historians with a passion for experimentation and innovation in contemporary art. Atelier 030202 Gallery is a non-profit art space, hosted in a Comedy Theatre, where artistic events are alive and art interventions of all kinds can be discovered – music, performance art, contemporary dance, video projections, installations, urban art. They have a strong curatorial program, but welcome challenging and consistent proposals. The platform is open to partnerships with different artists, Romanian and international curators, as well as other institutions and bodies.
The numerous projects displayed at Atelier 030202 Gallery, created a unique identity, a new vibe, a special interaction between the exhibiting artists and the viewer.
Atelier 030202 Gallery borrowed its named from its location’s zip code and now, five years after the official opening, has a hosting record of over 60 projects, art exhibitions and conferences. 120 Romanian and international artists have shown their artwork in the space and 19 curators and art historians have coordinated and written about their exhibitions. So far, Atelier 030202 Gallery has hosted major events, such as White Night of the Art Galleries, International Biennial of Experimental Print, The “George Enescu Festival” Biennial of Contemporary Art and Bucharest Biennale 6.
Atelier 030202 Gallery was founded in December 2009 by visual artist Mihai Zgondoiu, 20 years after the end of communist rule in Romania.
BLOCKFREI is an independent cultural organization and has been based in Vienna since May 2013. It is conceived as a platform for innovative contemporary cultural praxis, with the goal to support the cooperation between cultural groups from Austria and South-Eastern Europe. Such an interaction increases the visibility of cultural variety present in Austria today, where ethnic groups from the mentioned region form a significant part of society.
BLOCKFREI embodies the concept of mobility of artists and cultural professionals and strongly believes that multicultural projects are of highest importance and form a significant contribution to the global cultural and geopolitical sphere. BLOCKFREI, therefore, stands for the principles of a multicultural, open society and respect for different identities where critical discourse, freedom of thought and progressive ideas are manifest through direct engagement and action, endorsing the aforementioned values.
BLOCKFREI Association will present independent art from Serbia during VIENNAFAIR, aiming to provide an opportunity for interaction with other exhibited art and furthermore contributing to a higher presence of art from South-East Europe – one of the focuses of VIENNAFAIR itself.
As one of BLOCKFREI’s missions is to promote and affirm contemporary art and culture from Serbia, they strive to present an overview of the Serbian scene by introducing several different initiatives to an international audience.
Founded in 1986, Grazer Kunstverein is a non-profit organization located in Graz. It shall be conceived as place for production, exhibition-making and mediation in contemporary art. The quality of its activities follows an international advanced discourse. The aim is to promote and present recent artistic positions and address questions around current cultural and political tendencies. As a place for production of recent art and intermediation, the Grazer Kunstverein plays an important role in Graz as well as in Austria and abroad. In this interest, Grazer Kunstverein is collaborating with BLACK PAGES on this year’s VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary.
BLACK PAGES is a monthly released artist-fanzine with an edition of 300 pieces. BLACK PAGES comes in the format A5 and contains 20 pages, printed in black&white. BLACK PAGES invites one artist to collaborate and renames after his/her forename.
JEWISH MUSEUM AND TOLERANCE CENTER
The Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center were opened on 11 November 2012
in the building of Bakhmetievky Bus Park. It is a high-tech multimedia museum with a vast variety of resource and technical opportunities for realizing social and educational programs designed to develop a culture of social cooperation and to prevent an increase of xenophobia and extremism. Throughout its first one and half year, the Museum attained great successes in development and realization of research projects on a basis of the Study Centre; massive-scaled tolerance projects (which include corporate tolerance) have been created and put into practice; in addition the Museum has thoroughly supported and held educational events in a sphere of cultural heritage of the Avant-garde. The permanent exhibition includes 12 thematic spaces. Here you can relax at the Odessa cafe “Fanconi”, visit the shtetl marketplace, explore the biographies of Mikhail Romm, Grigory Zinoviev and many other figures of Soviet politics and culture and overhear conversations in the kitchen and typical Soviet dissidents stories, commemorating the deceased of the Great Patriotic War.
The initiative to develop this museum concept was inspired by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia. An important aim of this work was to create conditions that would improve the relations between Russian citizens of various religious and ethnic groups. Another essential aspect is the education and revival of Jewish identity.
KONTAKT. ART COLLECTION / ERSTE FOUNDATION
Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation was founded in 2004 with the programmatic aim of devoting itself to important artistic developments in the countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe that had not yet been adequately anchored in recent art history or in public awareness. This called for a new collecting model and for the involvement of an art advisory committee. This committee’s profound reflection on artistic stances against the backdrop of the dramatic political events of 1968 and 1989 was the starting point for Kontakt’s collecting policy, focusing on “works by major artists from the ́heroic ́ period of postwar art whose influence extended to subsequent generations in a way that was not confined to local scenes”.
Reflections on such developments in these regions have served as the point of departure for assembling and expanding a collection of artworks in a variety of media and formats. The younger artists represented by Kontakt often relate to the works of their precursors from the 1960s and 1970s, lending the collection coherence both in media and in thought.
In this way, a unique collection of modern and contemporary art from Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe has been created, keeping past artistic energies alive in order to associate and gauge them within the context of new developments. This commitment is also mirrored in the collection’s public representation. Its presentation of artworks remains decentralized and nomadic, and is independent of an institutional or locally anchored exhibition space.
Kunsthalle Wien is Vienna’s exhibition space for international contemporary art and discourse. At two locations – one at Museumsquartier and one at Karlsplatz – Kunsthalle Wien presents artistic positions that increase the awareness of current issues, both in terms of themes relating to art and in the context
of society. Kunsthalle Wien is a place of encounter and experimentation, of constant action and change, a place for questioning and discovering society. Thematic group exhibitions, solo exhibitions by international artists, retrospectives by well-known representatives of contemporary art as well as exhibitions by emerging artists add to the outstanding profile of Kunsthalle Wien that highlights its relations with both the international and the local art scene. With its broad program, Kunsthalle Wien emphasizes that the themes taken up by contemporary art are manifold. The combination of artistic practice and its theoretical reflection are, therefore, most important for its many exhibition activities. The intense debate on important questions of our time is also reflected in an extensive program of events.
“Brutal, but sexy” – The attributes with which Nicolaus Schafhausen described the new graphic design of Kunsthalle Wien correspond to the institutions focus in general: Kunsthalle Wien will be in the next years style-defining, discursive, but also provocative – a venue conveying vast amounts of self-irony and fun.
1 Ticket – 5 Museums – 29 Euros
Kunstmeile Hamburg consists of the five most renowned art institutions in the center of Hamburg: Bucerius Kunst Forum, Deichtorhallen Hamburg with its exhibition halls for contemporary art and photography, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Kunstverein Hamburg and the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe (Museum of Arts and Crafts) are all located within walking distance of each other along the art mile. Their excellent location close to the Alster is an invitation to visitors to take a stroll of discovery and to exhibit an up-to-date vibrant selection of contemporary and historical art in all media including painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, applied arts and design.
Kunstmeile Hamburg features outstanding exhibitions of visual arts, photography, applied arts and design. The Kunstmeile pass is valid for 12 months, allowing you to visit each of the five institutions once, including special exhibitions.
KUNSTMEILE PASS 29,00 euros
reduced rate 15,00 euros
free admission for persons under 18
The Kunstmeile pass is available at the ticket counters of any Kunstmeile venues. Further possibilities of purchase:
Konzertkasse Gerdes: http://www.konzertkassegerdes.de
In 2012, mumok celebrated its 50th anniversary. The presentation and support of singular artistic practices has always been at the very core of the museum’s mission. Therefore, Director Karola Kraus invited artists who had held solo exhibitions at mumok over the past years to create editions for the institution and thereby make them available to a broader public.
This tradition has since been continued with great success, as every new exhibition is accompanied by a special edition of the artist presented. At VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary, editions by Josef Dabernig, Simon Denny, Albert Oehlen, Jenni Tischer, and Cosima von Bonin will be presented for the first time.
The Edition mumok includes works by Günter Brus, Josef Dabernig, Plamen Dejanoff, Thomas Demand, Simon Denny, Gabi Dziuba, Flaka Haliti, Christian Hutzinger, Michael Kienzer, Jakob Lena Knebl, Peter Kogler, Roland Kollnitz, Dorit Margreiter, Hermann Nitsch, Albert Oehlen, Claes Oldenburg, Florian Pumhösl, Gerhard Rühm, Peter Sandbichler, Thomas Stimm, Kamen Stoyanov, Jenni Tischer, Cosima von Bonin, Franz West, Joseph Zehrer, and Otto Zitko.
NATIONAL CENTRE FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
The National Centre for Contemporary Arts (NCCA) is a museum, exhibition and research organization which aims at the development of contemporary Russian art within the context of the global art process, at the creation and implementation of programs and projects in the sphere of contemporary art, architecture and design both in this country, and beyond its borders. NCCA has been active in the development and popularization of contemporary art. Currently, NCCA is a network institution with branches in major cultural centers of Russia, such as St. Petersburg, Nizhnii Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Vladikavkaz, Tomskand Kaliningrad.
The National Centre for Contemporary Arts was created in Moscow in 1992, at the moment when contemporary art was only acquiring the basis for its normal existence and development in Russia. The Centre has, thus, provided an important and crucial structure consolidating the activities of masters of contemporary art, stimulating their creative efforts. The activity of NCCA has been essential in the processes of the reorganization of artistic life in Russia during the 1990s.
Today, NCCA is a leading Russian state institution specializing in the issues of contemporary art. The activity of the Centre evolves in close cooperation with artists and independent experts in the sphere of contemporary art, art culture and various organizations, such as museums, research institutions, public organizations, both in Russia and abroad.
RDI CULTURE PRESENTS «NAMES»
For more information on the RDI Culture publishing program contact Victoria Kondrashova, firstname.lastname@example.org
Moscow | RU
The interest of RDI Culture for the organization of educational art projects has led to establishing a publishing program in cooperation with renowned publishing house Ad Marginem, specialized in contemporary Russian fiction, Western fiction, postmodern philosophy classics and actual non-fiction.
“NAMES” is the first project in the framework of this cooperation. It aims to create a framework to position contemporary Russian art in the context of XXth century art. Leading Russian and Western experts, specialized in Russian art, are invited to contribute to the series. Each book contains an essay that represents the author’s subjective view on the artist.
The “NAMES” series will include the portraits of contemporary Russian artists, Russian avant-garde artists, representatives of the “unofficial” art of the Soviet period and artists of official Soviet art, as well as accounts of specific art projects or events.
At VIENNAFAIR RDI Culture will present the following books:
Boris Groys about Alexander Deyneka and Kazimir Malevich
Viktor Misiano about Vladimir Arkhipov
Ekaterina Degot about Dmitry Prigov and Andrei Monastyrsky
Ekaterina Andreeva about Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe
Vladimir Levashov about Victor Popkov
Margarita Tupitsyna about Erik Bulatov
Victor Agamov-Tupitsyn about The famous Moscow Bulldozer Exhibiton.
Each volume is published in English and Russian language, with color illustrations.
In the near future, in addition to the continuing work on “NAMES”, RDI Culture will make the first publications in Russian of extensive international works on the XXth century art history such as “Art since 1900” by Hal Foster and Rosalind Krauss and “ISMS. Understanding modern art” by Sam Phillips, as well as the re-release of the famous monography by Ekaterina Degot “Russian art in XX century”.
RED CARPET ART AWARD
”Red Carpet for Young Art“ is an art award that offers more than just a onetime subsidy. Organizers Manuel Gras and Marcus Schober are interested in providing ongoing support for Young artists. Since 2009, an alternating jury has been selecting four artists every year, whose works are displayed in a solo exhibition and several group exhibitions throughout the first year. The exhibitions take place at partnering galleries and off spaces. An additional level of support is the purchase of award winner’s artwork and PR as well as marketing activities for the award winners. This way of support lasts for several years and offers the artists an additional basis for their careers.
The Red Carpet also gets Viennese students and graduates in touch with international art fairs and galleries. Even turbulent times call for institutions that are open to new ideas. If we don’t act now, the Herman Nitsch, Franz West and Erwin Wurm of 2050 will be Herman Nitsch, Franz West and Erwin Wurm.
The project is under the patronage of Professor Harry Kopietz, President of the Vienna State Parliament.
21er Haus, German for 21st House, is the name of Vienna’s most recent museum. Focusing on contemporary art, it brings together local and international art production, addressing the issues and aesthetic phenomena of our time. Located next to its parent museum – the Belvedere – it presents more than 15 solo, group and thematic exhibitions per year on three floors. In addition to the shows and an accompanying program of guided tours, workshops, talks, lectures, concerts and performances, the Blickle Kino presents films on art and artists’ films while the Salon für Kunstbuch features art-related publications. And the museum also houses the Fritz Wotruba Foundation and the Artothek des Bundes (the federal art archives). Originally conceived in 1958 as the Austrian pavilion for the expo in Brussels, the modernist architecture now serves as social space, stage and platform for artistic production, reception and reflection. After the opening in 2011, the 21er Haus’ contemporary collection was on permanent display in rotating presentations for two years and is blended into the shows since then. Marking the seventy-fifth anniversary of Sigmund Freud’s death in September 2014, the 21er Haus – in collaboration with the Sigmund Freud Museum – presents Freud’s theories reflected in today’s art with works by John Baldessari, Clegg & Guttmann, Jenny Holzer, Ilya Kabakov, Haim Steinbach, and Franz West in an installation by Joseph Kosuth.
In October, a retrospective is dedicated to a major figure within the art scene of Austria: media artist and theorist Peter Weibel.
At the beginning of 2015, the exhibition Sleepless will be exploring “the bed in art,” with works by the Old Masters through to contemporary artists like Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Yayoi Kusama, Nam June Paik, Franz West, and Erwin Wurm.
VORONEZH CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ARTS
Voronezh Center for Contemporary Art is a non-profit public organization founded by a group of Voronezh artists. Since 2009, it has pursued exhibition and educational activities. Most of the exhibitions have become important events in Voronezh and Moscow. Since the beginning of its activities, VCCA has organized more than 18 solo and group exhibitions with the participation of Russian and international artists, and has become one of the key regional centers for contemporary arts in Russia.
Exhibition projects of VCCA have been nominees for the state prize for contemporary art “INNOVATION”. Artists and founders of VCCA have also been nominated for the Russian national Kandinsky Prize. VCCA supports partnerships with the leading actors in the field of contemporary art in Russia. As part of the educational program, Voronezh Center for Contemporary Art carried out a series of public lectures on the history and theory of art. Successful Voronezh artists as well as teachers of Voronezh State University serve as lecturers. In the course of the year, several artist-talks, round tables and master classes by leading artists from Russia and Europe will take place. The educational program also includes workshops with the Voronezh artists. Following the results of the workshops an exhibition is held every year. Many students of previous exhibitions have become an integral part of the artist scene, and are now the leading cultural figures of Voronezh.
The integration of Voronezh Young artists into the Russian and international context is, therefore, just one priority besides others.
ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS VIENNA
Meeting Point: VIENNAFAIR Foyer Institution
Good guide. Bad guide.
Divided into “good guide” and “bad guide”, FREIE KUNSTVERMITTLUNG („free art mediation“) acts as an intermediary agent between art world and public. Led by an autonomous group of students and alumni of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, participants embark on a search for transparency, look for gaps in the space between art, market and mediation. The 90-minute tours are designed in such a way that the two guides can react spontaneously to situational needs and contextual interest – “free” in the group’s name is part of the concept. Beyond trends, genres or categories, FREIE KUNSTVERMITTLUNG invites you to observe, discuss and deconstruct. What is/ can art / do? What is/ can art mediation/ do? What is/ can art fair/ do?
Saturday, 4 October, 2014
1:00 pm / 3:00 pm / 5:00 pm Good guide. Bad guide.
Sunday, 5 October, 2014
1:00 pm / 3:00 pm / 5:00 pm Good guide. Bad guide.