20 four 7 – Collecting The New Contemporary

The conversations with highly respected art collectors are focused on the issue of collecting as a big narrative.

Art works comprehend in their visual form a concentrated analysis of the world. Since art refrains from the practical constraints of daily life, it mediates a confident view onto the world, a world view. Every work of art is in itself a small unrivaled story. Collectors of contemporary art write a grandiose novel with intertwined story lines. They draft a narration without using language and text but through the sensual and visual immediacy of art works and their references among each other.

Behind each collection of contemporary art stands an exceptionally gifted tale-teller. It is exactly these stories that we want to talk and hear about at 20 four 7 – Collecting The New Contemporary.

Program – Rainald Schumacher in conversation with….

Thursday, 2 October 2014 – 3:30 – 5:00 pm

… Alain Servais – Collector and blogger, Brussels/Belgium

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What is Art? This question will be the starting point for our conversation. Is art still how an older generation of artists and critics perceived it, one of the best tools to understand our world and ourselves a little better? Or is art a Babylonian whore, taking a bath in the flow of cash and diverting a small elite with glaring distraction from their existential emptiness? Is this prostitute providing only an alibi for the general lack of interest, to invest seriously in the most obvious problems of our planet?
Alain Servais is looking for answers to such question. Answers which we might find in the art works from his collection which can partly be seen in his loft in Brussel. Part of his thinking and his commentaries about the art he encounters can be followed on Twitter (@aservais1).

Friday, 3 October 2014 – 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Stephan Oehmen – Collector Hilden/Germany, Kunstsäle Berlin/Germany & Rik Reinking – Reinking collection, Hamburg/Germany

What is Art? The same question will also be the starting point for our talk with Stephan Oehmen and Rik Reinking. What meaning might art have for both of these collectors? omeone like Stephan Oehmen, who has designed his whole house as an art work, must have a specific relation to art. There must be something different that drives Stephan Oehmen than the capers of the latest speculation in the artmarket. Art must have for him something of real importance and of vital interests. In some similar way, also Rik Reinking must be convinced of the relevance of art. He finds art in some areas that try to escape the game of the gallery market. In areas where the boundaries blend into each other, where no white cube protects the work, but where the city itself art makes vulnerable. For many years he was concerned with so called Street Art. It will be interesting to hear what he considers art and what possibilities in what ways art might interact with us as spectators outside the market game.


Saturday, 4 October 2014 – 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Venke & Rolf A. Hoff – Collectors, KaviarFactory, Oslo&Lofoten/Norway

What is Art? What answer might we get if we leave the urban centers behind and move to the borders of the so similarily organized life in the global village? If we move to Lofoten, in the north of Norway, where nature can so openly unfold her powerful presence and strength ? What happens when art and artists leave the field of hip openings, of VIP receptions and parties behind them and move to some kind of monasterial rest and remoteness? Does art there concentrate on its intrinsic mission? Does the glittering coat of soaring prices fall off and does it become visible, is there still some real meaning behind the golden surface?
That there might be a chance for an experience of real importance?
What has two collectors moved to go to the edge of the world and what happens there with art? That is exactly, what we want to ask Venke & Rolf A. Hoff.


Sunday, 5 October 2014 – 1:30 – 3:00 pm

Monika Lahrkamp – Director Julia Stoschek Collection, Dusseldorf/Germany

What is Art? What might be the answer to this question if we look into a collection which concentrates so consciously on time-based media? What understanding of art does such a collection convey, which collects, supports and conserves art works, which unfold their aesthetic presence parallel to the lapse of time or in case of performance only exist in the actual moment, when do they happen? Art works, which might require – as for example a multi-channel medial installation – very expensive technical equipment to become real. It seems to be clear that the cliché of the collector-venturer does not apply. Maybe we find an answer here, which might reconcile us with art and the art market, as a necessary suffering. Maybe we will again understand that art has real importance, understand ourselves and our position in real life much better?

We are looking forward to hearing what Monika Lahrkamp, the director of Julia Stoschek Collection, might think about this concept.


You will find program of VIENNA Talks here: http://wp.me/p2sAJ4-4zS—

For more info visit www.viennafair.at 

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