This year VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary once again coincides with curated by_vienna, a project by the creative unit of Vienna’s Business Agency departure, where international curators present exhibitions in Vienna’s leading contemporary art galleries. Learn how gallerists chose curators for the show and what their thematic focus of an exhibition in the context of “The Century of the Bed” is.
Reflections on the intersection between art and architecture have been the impetus of this year’s edition of curated by_vienna. Based on these reflections, the renowned architectural historian Beatriz Colomina wrote an essay with the title “The Century of the Bed”, which serves as the basis for all the galleries and curators involved in this project.
Carson Chan | Kerstin Engholm Galerie
I invited Carson because it makes sense on a lot of levels. But to keep it short: Carson Chan has a great theoretical background – especially in architectural theory – and a deep interest and extensive knowledge of contemporary art. We first met on the occasion of the Marrakesh Biennale in 2012. He curated the show “Higher Atlas” and exhibited a piece by Eva Grubinger, one of the gallery artists. Afterwards we followed his projects, and the moment the new topic for curated by_ was clear, we knew that we wanted to invite him. Sleeping seems to be one of the few things in life that cannot be influenced consciously. So it’s really interesting how the topos of sleep, the bed, and its cultural meaning have changed over the last decades. The concept of Beatriz Colomina has a very contemporary approach, and it’s possible to develop some very diverse shows with it.
Carson Chan (*1980, lives and works in Berlin) is an architecture writer and curator. After working at Barkow Leibinger Architects and the Neue Nationalgalerie’s architecture exhibitions department in Berlin, he founded PROGRAM in 2006, a non-commercial initiative for art and architecture collaborations. His writing on art, architecture and contemporary culture appears in books and periodicals worldwide, including Kaleidoscope, where he is a contributing editor, and 032c (Berlin), where he is editor-at-large. Furthermore, Chan is an active advisor to several cultural institutions including DLD (Munich), Europan, and the Premio Furla – a biennial prize given to the most promising emerging artists in Italy. With Nadim Samman, Chan curated the 4th Marrakech Biennale 2012, presenting newly commissioned works by more than 40 artists, architects, writers, musicians and composers at 5 locations throughout the city. Chan was Executive Curator at the Biennial of the Americas 2013, in Denver, Colorado.
Kerstin Engholm Galerie | Schleifmuehlgasse 3, 1040 Vienna
Maja & Reuben Fowkes | Knoll Galerie Wien
Reuben and Maja Fowkes are very active in Central and Eastern Europe, they are best informed, and do very independent and contemporary projects. I have known them for years, and it’s hard to say when we first met. From a Western viewpoint, the century can be viewed as being one of the bed – the view from Eastern Europe is quite different. This differing experience and approach make participating quite interesting, and I expect that we shall be able to contribute something unique and valuable to this joint project from a larger European perspective.
Maja & Reuben Fowkes (live and work in Budapest) are curators and art historians who pursue their shared interests in East European art and ecology through the Translocal Institute for Contemporary Art (www.translocal.org). Through exhibitions, symposia and writings, their work has explored key ideas and practices around green curating, environmental art history, and the theory and aesthetics of Eastern European art.
Selected curatorial projects include their Revolution Trilogy of “Revolution is not a Garden Party” (2006), “Revolution I Love You” (2008) and “Revolutionary Decadence” (2009), “Loophole to Happiness” (2011) and “Like a Bird: Avian Ecologies in Contemporary Art” (2013–2014).
Currently they are working on a River School on the Danube on sustainability and contemporary art, a museum show of leading Hungarian artist Csaba Nemes, and a symposium on Art, Eco-power and the Liberation of Energy.
Knoll Galerie Wien | Gumpendorferstraße 18, 1060 Vienna
Liam Gillick & Rachel Harrison | Galerie Meyer Kainer
Artists used to also work as writers, scientists, museums directors, and gallery owners, so I like the consequence if they work as curators. We have been making exhibitions together with Liam Gillick since 1993 and with Rachel Harrison since 2007. Architecture and film are the major collapsed utopias of modernity. It is good to stay in bed.
Liam Gillick is an artist based in New York. Solo exhibitions include Whitechapel Gallery, London (2002); Palais de Tokyo (2005); retrospectives at Witte de With, Rotterdam, Kunsthalle Zurich, Kunstverein München and the MCA, Chicago, 2008-2010; Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn 2010; CCS Bard Hessel Museum 2012. Gillicks writings include Proxemics (Selected writing 1988-2006), 2007; Factories in the Snow, 2007;Meaning Liam Gillick, 2009; Allbooks, 2009. Liam Gillick represented Germany at the 53rd Venice Biennale in 2009.
Rachel Harrison is an artist based in New York. Recent solo exhibitions include CCS Bard/Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson (2009); Portikus, Frankfurt (2009); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2010); Kestnergesellschaft, Hannover (2013); and S.M.A.K., Ghent (2013). Her work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam among many others.
Galerie Meyer Kainer | Eschenbachgasse 9, 1010 Vienna
Max Hollein | Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman
We invited Max Hollein not just because he is a professional but also because he is familiar in past experience with e.g. “Schlafsaal” (1968) by Walter Pichler, a key work for Beatriz Colomina, this year’s invited curator of curated by_vienna. We present “Schlafsaal” by Walter Pichler: a group of beds with a built-in picture, built-in radio, built-in … We came to know Max Hollein as well as his father through Walter Pichler, whom we worked with for many years. Walter Pichler and Hans Hollein have a very important common work from the early 1960… It is radical architecture … They also shared first solo exhibitions at Moma New York in 1967. “Little Nemo” is the title of the exhibition curated by Max Hollein for us as part of the curated by_vienna 2014 program. Winsor McCay (1871–1934) created the comic “Little Nemo”, which appeared weekly from October 15, 1905 through to April 23, 1911 in the New York Herald and from April 30, 1911 until 1913 in the New York American under the new title “In the Land of Wonderful Dreams”. Each episode depicts the fantastic adventures experienced by the little boy Nemo in his sleep.
Elisabeth and Klaus Thoman
Max Hollein (*1969, lives and works in Frankfurt/Main) has been the director of the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt since 2001, and director of the Städel Museum as well as the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung since January 2006.
During 1995 and 2000 he worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, from 1998 onward, as Chief of Staff and Manager of European Relations. Max Hollein was general commissioner and curator of the American pavilion at the Seventh Venice Architecture Biennale in 2000, general commissioner and curator of the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale in 2005 and 2006 curator of the avant-garde festival “kontra.com” in Salzburg.
He is a member of various supervisory and advisory boards of cultural institutions worldwide, including the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Istanbul Modern Museum, the Neue Galerie in New York. He has curated numerous shows and published a large number of exhibition catalogues and a wide spectrum of other writings on contemporary art, modern art and museum management.
Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman | Seilerstaette 7, 1010 Vienna
Moritz Küng | Galerie Raum mit Licht
I know Moritz Küng’s work since a long time. When I visited his past exhibitions, e.g. at the Secession in Vienna, I had the chance to appreciate his research, which combines both contexts, art and architecture. After reading the concept for the new edition of curated by, I thought this would be the perfect situation to work together. I invited Moritz for a prospect visit in my gallery. It was on that occasion that we first met. I was surprised by that topic, and the exhibition with Aglaia Konrad will certainly give it another twist: her catalog contribution – a list of 675 city concepts – is a proof of that.
Moritz Küng (*1961 in Lucerne, lives and works in Barcelona) is an exhibition curator and book editor working above all at the intersection between art and architecture.
Recent projects include “Mevis & Van Deursen – Our Art” at the Brno Biennial for Graphic Design (2014), “Peter Downsbrough – The Book(s)” at Fabra i Coats, Barcelona (2013), “The Umbrella Corner series” at ProjecteSD, Barcelona (2012-13), “The fifth column” at the Secession, Vienna (2011), the symposium “The Age of Less” at La Loge, Brussels (2013) or the seminar “The disappearance of the exhibition” at the HfG-University of Arts and Design, Karlsruhe (2013).
He curated twice the Belgium pavilion at the 25th art biennial in Sao Paulo (2002) and the 11th architecture biennial in Venice (2008) where he acted in 2010 as well as member of the jury for the Golden Lions.
Galerie Raum mit Licht | Kaiserstraße 32, 1070 Vienna
Dirck Möllmann | Gabriele Senn Galerie
I have been following Dirck Möllmann’s projects for a long time already, and we are both interested in public art. We met at an exhibition together with Marko Lulić, where Dirck Möllmann was invited as a speaker. “The Century of the Bed” theme fits very well in the speed of our modern world and provides a conceptual impetus for contemporary art.
Dirck Möllmann (*1963, lives and works in Graz) is curator at Institute for the arts in public sphere Styria, Universalmuseum Joanneum, Graz. Selected projects include: “kunstwegen raumsichten”, nine landscape sculpture projects, Grafschaft Bentheim; “Stile der Stadt. Videopanel”, Hamburg, 006/2008/2011. Exhibitions (selection): “Spring! Kunstfrühling”, Gleishalle Bremen, 2009; “MAN SON 1969. The horror oft the situation”, Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2009; “Joseph Beuys. Das Gesamtkunstwerk Freie und Hansestadt Hamburg 1983-1984”, Altonaer Museum, 2007; “SNAFU. Media Myths Mind Control”, Hamburger Kunsthalle, 2006
Gabriele Senn Galerie | Schleifmuehlgasse 1A, 1040 Vienna
Luca Lo Pinto | Christine König Galerie
Luca Lo Pinto is a curator at Kunsthalle, Vienna. His fame is large, and he is the best looking young man ever. In 2007 he wrote me a sweet letter, in which he asked me to connect him with Cameron Jamie. He wanted him to take part in a project, “for the four central pages of the mag”. As a loyal reader of Nero Magazine (founded by Luca in 2003) I immediately supported his plans.
Luca Lo Pinto is a very smart, intellectual, and young Italian curator. We immediately loved his new perceptions of how our sensory experience represents an artistic value, and his perspectives on modern technique of the arts.
For this show a number of artists have been invited to produce and present a series of works, which will not be presented physically in the exhibition space rather within the architecture of an image. The process is very similar to that of a fashion shooting, where a full-blown real scenario is constructed yet in the end only reaches the recipient as an image.
Luca Lo Pinto
Luca Lo Pinto (*1981,lives and works in Rome and Vienna) is founder and editor in chief of the magazine NERO and a regular contributor to the online cultural magazine Doppiozero. He has written for several catalogues and international magazines. His curatorial projects include, among others, “Trapped in the closet” (Carnegie Library/FRAC Champagne Ardenne, Reims, 2013); “Antigrazioso” (Palais de Toyko, Paris, 2013); Luigi Ontani-AnderSennoSogno (H.C. Andersen Museum, Rome 2012/2013); “D’après Giorgio” (Giorgio e Isa de Chirico Foundation, Rome 2012); “When In Rome” (IIC, Hammer Museum, La Art, Los Angeles 2011); “Roommates” (MACRO Museum, Rome 2009); “Maria Colao. A Bibliography/Conversation Pieces” (Praz Museum, Rome 2006). In 2012 he curated “Una Storia” a program of talks at MACRO Museum. He has edited artist books by Olaf Nicolai, Luigi Ontani, Nicola Pecoraro, Emilio Prini, Alexandre Singh and Mario Garcia Torres. Recently he edited the book “Documenta 1955-2012. The endless story of two lovers”. Luca Lo Pinto is a member of the advisory board of Depart Foundation. Since spring 2014 he works as curator at the Kunsthalle Wien.
Christine König Galerie | Schleifmuehlgasse 1A, 1040 Vienna
Kristina Scepanski | Galerie Andreas Huber
I invited Kristina to curate the show because she is the right person for it. We met in 2012 in New York. The most appealing thing to me about this year’s topic is the bed as a physical space in virtual reality. But I am open for surprises from my curator Kristina Scepanski.
Kristina Scepanski (lives and works in Cologne and Münster) is an art historian and since 2013 she’s the director of Westfälische Kunstverein in Münster. There she realized exhibitions, among others with works by Maria Loboda, Jeronimo Voss, Jean-Pascal Flavien, Ditte Gantriis, Jeanette Mundt, Calla Henkel and Max Pitegoff as well as solo exhibitions with works by Liz Magic Laser and Virginia Overton. Before that, Scepanski worked at the European Kunsthalle in Cologne and the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen in Düsseldorf. In 2011/12 she attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York as Helena Rubinstein Curatorial Fellow.
Galerie Andreas Huber | Schleifmuehlgasse 6-8, 1040 Vienna
Stephane Ackermann & Basak Senova | Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art
We decided to invite the curatorial duo Basak Senova & Stephane Ackermann because of their common interest in the synergy between architecture and art. Basak Senova, who is not only an art curator but also a designer, holds a PhD in Art, Design and Architecture from Bilkent University (Turkey). Hence, her interest in the correlation of the arts is a main research focus of hers. Stephane Ackermann is known for his interdisciplinary thinking and is affiliated with hybrid artists, designers, and architects. We have known Stephane Ackermann for five years and met him in Istanbul, where he is now artistic director of Art International – a successful art fair that will take place for the second time this September.
For our presentation Basak Senova & Stephane Ackermann selected two young artists who both deal with the different layers of architecture based on the mathematical recognition that “a rotation designates a rigid body movement by keeping a point fixed.” Whereas the Macedonian artist Yane Calovski’s practice is concerned with experiential ideas often situated in the site-specificity of a new cultural and political geography, the Palestinian artist Benji Boyadgian employs his forms of expression through the blending of watercolour techniques. His works feature encounters of architectural relics and consequences of political and social situations in combination with beautiful imageries of his perception.
Mario & Waltraud Mauroner
From a very young age Stephane Ackermann (*1969 in France) had a great admiration for art which developed into an extensive professional and personal commitment to the contemporary art field. After working for many years with a number of prominent galleries and institutions in Europe, among them the Musée d’Art Contemporain de la Ville de Paris, he became an art advisor for major private collections as well as an agent for artists and designers. After encountering the Istanbul art scene in the early 1990’s, he has since been engaged in various projects including art advisor, curator and artistic director of art fairs. In 2013, Ackermann became the artistic director of Art International in Istanbul.
Basak Senova (*1970) studied Literature and Graphic Design (MFA in Graphic Design & PHD in Art, Design and Architecture at Bilkent University) and attended the 7th Curatorial Training Programme of Stichting De Appel, Amsterdam. She has been writing on art, technology and media, initiating and developing projects and curating exhibitions since 1995. Senova was the curator of the Pavilion of Turkey at the 53rd Venice Biennial. As an assistant professor, she lectured at the Faculty of Communication, Kadir Has University, Istanbul (2006-2010) and is teaching at the Department of Media and Visual Arts, Koç University. She curated the Zorlu Center Collection from 2011-2012. She co-curated the project “UNCOVERED (Cyprus) and the 2nd Biennial of Contemporary Art in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Senova is the curator of the Helsinki Photography Biennial 2014.
Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art | Weihburggasse 26, 1010 Vienna
Abigail Solomon-Godeau | Galerie Hubert Winter
I decided to invite Abigail Solomon-Godeau given her extensive experience as an art critic and her impressive knowledge of art history. Abigail was working on an essay about Birgit Jürgenssen when she came to my gallery for her first time in 2005. Abigail Solomon-Godeau changed the title to “Sleepless Nights”. She will deal with the topic from her position as an art critic and with a critical approach to the overall theory by Beatriz Colomina.
Abigail Solomon-Godeau (lives and works in Paris) is Professor Emerita in art history, University of California and the author of Photography at the Dock: Essays on Photographic Histories, Institutions, and Practices (1991),Male Trouble: A Crisis in Representation(1997) and Rosemary Laing (2010). Her essays on photography, art history, contemporary art and feminism are widely anthologized. Currently she is working on two books, The Face of Difference: Gender and Genre in Photography and Art Photography in the Age of Catastrophe.
Galerie Hubert Winter | Breite Gasse 17, 1070 Vienna
Peter Stastny | Galerie Steinek
The significant shift of the function of the bed – which has been described by Beatriz Colomina – allows, from a curatorial point of view, different ways to work on this topic: with an art historical, sociological, philosophical, or an economic perspective. We decided to question “The Century of the Bed” from a psychological point of view. That’s why we invited the New York based psychiatrist, documentary filmmaker, and art lover Peter Stastny. In 1990 I was on a journey in New York in order to explore the new museum and gallery scene and met Peter for the first time. Some of my friends introduced themselves, and they thought that I should really meet him, to get involved with different artistic fields. This year’s topic seems to be a very private one, but at the same time it appeals to every one of us. It reflects our contemporary lives, which are so much defined by the Internet and social media channels: the bed as an icon for the presence. One could regard this as an extension, but isn’t it a huge restriction at the same time? There is no need to leave the bed anymore. The bed isn’t just a place of calmness and silence, rather it becomes more and more difficult to relax in it. It can become like a prison. And that is where Peter Stastny comes into play with his show, based on the story of Procrustes, who invited weary travelers to rest on iron beds, where he stretched or cut them down to size. “Good Night, Mister Procrustes” shows different ways to free yourself from such restrictions – like chemical manipulation, dreaming, or burning down the walls. Seven artist positions – Francis Alys, Zipora Fried, Jim Shaw, Katrin Sigurdardottir, Kiki Smith, Jana Sterbak, and Jeanne Susplugas – will be presented in our gallery.
Peter Stastny (lives and works in New York) is a psychiatrist, documentary filmmaker, cultural critic and innovator, who has made contributions to the fields of mental health care, the treatment of psychosis, the representation of madness in film and visual art, among sundry other topics. Since the early 1980s he has been involved as a critic and collector in the intersection between art, madness and psychiatric intervention. His documentary and experimental films have straddled the boundary between topical representation and historical redemption. Currently he is consultant to several federally funded system-transforming mental health projects in New York and Latin America; developing a documentary film on the waning of the Holocaust generation; and building a living archive for his many known and less known interventions. He is a founding member of the International Network of Alternatives toward Recovery (INTAR), which is about to hold its 7th interdisciplinary conference in Liverpool, UK (www.intar.org).
Galerie Steinek | Eschenbachgasse 4, 1010 Vienna
Olga Sviblova | Krinzinger Projekte
I highly prize Olga Sviblova as the director of the Multimedia Art Museum in Moscow and as a fantastic and most knowledgeable personality. Since years I have observed her fantastic work and her exuberant personality, and I’m very happy to work with her on this project.
Olga Sviblova (lives and works in Moscow) is the Founding Director of the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow, formerly known as the Moscow House of Photography. Sviblova has curated international exhibitions since 1988, when she organized the first “Festival of Soviet Underground Art” in Finland. Since then she has organized numerous contemporary art shows both in Moscow and abroad. She was organizer and Art-Director of the Moscow International Photography Festival “Fashion and Style in Photography” in 1999, and the International Month of Photography in Moscow, the Photobiennale in 1996 and its jubilee 10th edition in 2014. She was curator of the Russian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2007 and 2009. During her career, Sviblova has written and directed a number of documentaries, including “The Black Square” about Russian avant-garde art from 1953 to 1988, which won the Paris Critics Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 1988 and the Gold Plate at the Chicago Documentary Film Festival, among many other accolades.
Krinzinger Projekte | Schottenfeldgasse 45 , 1070 Vienna
Sabeth Buchmann | Galerie Mezzanin
Sabeth Buchmann is an excellent and renowned art historian. I greatly appreciate her and her work. I think this year’s exhibition with Mina Lunzer, Félix González-Torres, and Jan Timme has – together with such a dedicated curator – a high potential to become a very interesting and profound show. I didn’t know Sabeth in person until I called her asking if she would be interested in working with Galerie Mezzanin for this exhibition. In contrast to the previous exhibitions, the theme is different – more subtle. It doesn’t deal with general matters but leaves room for a more sensitive approach. Jan Timme, for example, shows the bed as a construction as well as a possible symbol for a feminized DIY movement; González-Torres combines social taboos with mainstream desires; and Mina Lunzer deals with neurobiological processes while dreaming. All three of them use the bed as an intersection between everyday objects and social issues.
Sabeth Buchmann (lives and works in Berlin and Vienna) is an art historian and art critic and Professor for Art History of Modernity and Postmodernity at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Buchmann regularly contributes to anthologies, exhibition catalogues and art journals. She is advisory member of Texte zur Kunst (Berlin). She is co-editor ofPoLyPen (b_books/ Berlin) and Exhibition Histories (Afterall/London). Her publications include: Hélio Oiticica & Neville D’Almeida, Experiments in Cosmococa (2013, co-edited with Max Jorge Hinderer Cruz), Film Avantgarde Biopolitics(co-edited with Helmut Draxler and Stephan Geene, 2009), Thinking against Thinking. Production, Technology, Subjectivity in works by Sol LeWitt, Yvonne Rainer and Hélio Oiticica (2007) and Art After Conceptual Art (co-edited with Alexander Alberro, 2006).
Galerie Mezzanin | Getreidemarkt 14/Eschenbachgasse, 1010 Vienna
Visit http://www.curatedby.at to find out information about other participating galleries and curators.
With the project curated by_vienna departure, the creative unit of Vienna’s Business Agency, supports the systematic collaboration of Viennese galleries with international curators. As multicultural metropolis in the heart of Europe, Vienna has a vibrant contemporary art scene, thanks to the galleries located in this city. With their cutting-edge programs and by regularly participating at international art fairs, they have not only contributed to an international reputation, but also to the image of Vienna as focal point of the contemporary art scene.
After its successful start in 2009, curated by_vienna is now taking place for the sixth time. Within the framework of this project, a selection of Viennese galleries present exhibitions conceived by international curators.
Reflections on the intersection between art and architecture have been the impetus for this year’s edition of curated by_vienna. Based on these reflections, the renowned architectural historian Beatriz Colomina wrote an essay with the title “The Century of the Bed”, which serves as the basis for all the galleries and curators involved in this project.
curated by_vienna: The Century of the Bed opens on October 2, 2014 in all the participating galleries (6:00 – 9:00 pm). The exhibitions are open until November 8, 2014.