viennacontemporary 2015 | Reflections

With its presentation format REFLECTIONS, viennacontemporary underlines the curatorial aspect of gallery work and offers participating galleries a particular presentation platform for exhibitions that have been specifically conceived for the fair.


Geukens & De Vil from Belgium (Antwerp/Knokke) will take advantage of the new format to show Sophie Kuijken and Gideon Kiefer, two artists dealing with human identity and existence in a doomed world. Galerija Škuc will present three artistic positions, Alban Muja, Jasmina Cibic, and Matej Andraž Vogrinčič, at REFLECTIONS; three artists who reflect socio-cultural contexts of local political situations in their site-specific works. Galerija Photon will try to track down the spirit of Dadaism and Surrealism in 20th century photography in Eastern Europe and present Ladislav Postupa, Stane Jagodič, and Roberto Kusterle. Daily routines and constraints we are hardly aware of anymore, form the basis for the exhibition concept of Galerija P74, which will be highlighted by works of Jože Barši, Polonca Lovšin, and Uroš Potočnik. Warsaw-based Propaganda Gallery, which will participate for the first time, will present three young artists, Tomasz Kulka, Jakub Ciężki and Adam Jastrzębski, who deal with processes of transience, both in society and nature. Ingo Nussbaumer, represented by Galerie Hubert Winter from Vienna, will present his artistic research in the area of color theory with a general booth installation at viennacontemporary.


Berlin | DE | Stand: E06 | Artist at viennacontemporary 2015: Nam Tchun-Mo | Curated by AANDO FINE ART Team
First showing of contemporary Korean artist Nam Tchun-Mo in Austria will reveal previously unseen body of work of his trademark series “Beam”. NAM’s art works are introspective geometric objects that play on both chromatic intensity and opposing values, responding, each in their own way, to ideas associated with spatiality. Here, light is the true keystone that determines the existence of the works and governs the gaze brought to bear on them. The core of his projects resides in his ability to involve the medium’s particular materiality, forms, and history into the ongoing dialogue of painting and sculpture. AANDO FINE ART is showing his trademark series ‘Beam’ and ‘Beam_Stroke’ which demonstrate NAM’s relation to the South Korean statements to monochrome painting: Dansaekhwa.

Ambacher Contemporary

Munich | DE | Stand: F28 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Frank Maier, Tom Hackney, Armin Mühsam, Sylvie Arlaud, Ernesto Canovas, Thomas Draschan, Daniel Schüßler, Otto Muehl, John Giorno | Curated by Horst Ambacher & Sylvie Arlaud
Playful installation of concrete-art, rhythmic installation of paintings and sculptures, geometrical-figurative work that references american realism, collages and mixed-media paintings, photo performances all that is combined into one diverse exhibition presented by Ambacher Contemporary.

Ani Molnár Gallery

Budapest | HU | Stand: D36 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Éva Mayer, Péter Mátyási, Szilárd Cseke, István B. Gellér | Curated by Annamária Molnar 
The works address issues concerning the personal aspects of impersonal, industrialized space. The four exhibiting artists are Szilárd Cseke (1967, HUN), Eva Mayer, Istvan B. Gellér and Péter Mátyási (1982, HUN), who create works with the use of industrial materials and depict modern structures. All artists evoke personal memories in the viewer through the materials and subjects that are traditionally considered alien to human nature.


Vienna | AT | Stand: F31 | Artist at viennacontemporary 2015: Gerald Moser, Irina Georgieva, Thomas Gänszler | Curated by Lara Starhemberg
Thomas Gänszler’s work always talks about the room and works with the duality of the surfaces in photography and painting. Gerald Moser in his work explores materials, with a focus on their potential rather than the mondaine meaning. Multi-part drawings of Irina Georgieva step out of the flat surface of the paper as soon as they are combined into conceptual space installations in the room. Together these three artists create a vibrant exhibition of different solutions on dealing with the space and material.


Trento | IT | Stand: F17 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Nebojša Despotović, Valentina Miorandi, Vlad Nanca | Curated by Maja Ćirić
Three very different emerging artists with joint aspects of their practices exhibit their playful and conceptual work. It is gathered around versatile view on the crowd as a concept-social, formal, as well as in the sense that artists are dealing with crowds in the absence.

Carbon 12

Dubai | AE | Stand: A13 | Artist at viennacontemporary 2015: Bernhard Buhmann, Gil Heitor Cortesão, Hazem Mahdy, Philip Mueller, Anahita Razmiand | Curated by Philip Mueller & Kourosh Nouri
An attempt at the Anti-Heimatfilm: This mind developing instrument is the basis for a consistent combination of positions, controversial cultural structures and its borders, curated and conceptualised by Philip Mueller.


Budapest | HU | Stand: B31 | Artist at viennacontemporary 2015: Géza Perneczky | Curated by Bogi Mittich & Patrick Urwyler
Géza Perneczky is a protagonist of the Hungarian conceptual art, his early conceptual works and also his publications had a catalyst role on the Hungarian neo-avantgarde tendencies. On the international scene he became known as one of the founder of the post-fluxus Mail Art movement. For viennacontemporary Chimera-Project’s curators Boglarka Mittich and Patrick Urwyler make an extensive introduction crossing different medias including early conceptual works, artists books and stamp art works from the early 80ies.


Berlin | DE | Stand: E23 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Constantin Rudeshko, Serge Momot, Serhiy Popov, Tiberiy Szilvashi, Badri Gubianuri (Alliance 22) | Curated by Volker Diehl & Alliance 22

Diehl will present a non-commercial educational platform – New Artistic Alliance (later on re-named into [=] Alliance 22), which was founded in November 2012 by curatorial group of four Kiev artists.
The objective of founding [=] the Alliance 22 was studies and public promotion of the non-figurative art in Ukraine, motherland of world renowned artists, including Kazimierz Malewicz, David Burliuk, Alexandr Arkhipenko, Vladimir Tatlin, Alexandra Exter, Vasili Yermilov and Alexander Boghomasov. The Artistic Alliances are held regularly, on a pre-fixed date, each 22nd day of every month except for August, 11 times a year, in the premises best fit to our exhibitions, courtesy of The Mikhail Bulghakov Literature and Memorial Museum in Kiev, located at 13, Andrejevsky Uzviz, Kiev.


Bucuresti | RO | Stand: B29 | Artist at viennacontemporary 2015: Marilena Preda Sânc | Curated by Liviana Dan
Marilena Preda Sânc is one of the most important artists from the 80’s generation in Romania. Her works are included in collections in several museums, public and private collections worldwide. She has made a decisive contribution to the development of the contemporary artistic phenomenon in Romania.

Erika Deak Gallery

Budapest | HU | Stand: F19 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Alexander Tinei, Attila Szucs, Johan Tahon | Curated by Erika Deak & Zita Sarvari
Although living in three different countries and working in different mediums, these artists don’t only deal with the same subjects, but as well possess similar sensitivities and approaches to art making. Painting and sculpting our fragility, questioning today’s art practices and prevalent issues, keep experimenting in new materials, all in the most profound and intense way.

Galerie Andreas Binder

Munich | DE | Stand: F30 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Yigal Ozeri, Eugene Lemays, Matthias Meyer, Günther Förg, Pail Winstanley, Philipp Lachenmann | Curated by Andreas & Veronika Binder
The latest work of these six artists shares the tendency towards reduction of form and colour, creating both abstract and realistic motives. The existence of these works in the same space creates the tension that is charged with questions about surface and depth, projections of memories and thoughts.

Galeria Bernard Bouche

Paris | FR | Stand: C17 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Carlo Guaita, John Murphy, José Pedro Croft | Curated by Bernard Bouche 
This body of work could be characterised by a clean and refined minimalistic accrochage, including works by Italian artist Carlo Guaita, British artist John Murohy and Portuguese sculptor and painter José Pedro Croft.

Galerie Caroline Smulders

Paris | FR | Stand: A17 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Céline Cléron, Emmanuel Régent, Kimiko Yoshida | Curated by Caroline Smulders 
Galerie Caroline Smulders will present three artists in a conversation with one another. Kimiko Yoshida has carved a niche for herself in the self-portraiture genre. Marrying aesthetics from East and West – Zen minimalism and baroque profusion – Yoshida’s art lies between the figurative and the abstract, with a metaphysical edge. Céline Cléron’s work stems from her interest in history, the past, encyclopaedias and museums leading to a practice that hinges on the border between the sensory and the conceptual.  Emmanuel Régent practice is irrigated by a mixture of sources. More generally, in addition to books, history, and the landscape of contemporary art, he is influenced by the simple things in everyday life.

Galerie Christian Lethert

Köln | DE | Stand: A08 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Imi Knoebel, Winston Roeth, Frank Gerritz, Rana Begum, Daniel Lergon, Nelleke Beltjens | Curated by Christian Lethert 
This selection of work includes already internationally renowned artists in dialogue with young, emerging ones. Colourfield paintings along with minimalistic works engage in a rich conversation among one another and reflect the main focus of the gallery.

Galerie Hammelehle und Ahrens

Köln | DE | Stand: A03 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Vincent Tavenne, Matthias Schaufler, Thomas Arnolds | Curated by Sven O. Ahrens & Bernd Hammelehle
Selected work includes three diametrically different artists who are being placed in the same context, thus creating tension-filled experience for the viewer. Vincent Tavenne is exploring the presentational and experiential aspects of space, always finding new ways and materials to do so. Matthias Schaufler often works in classical motives of painting such as landscapes, portraits and nudes. Thomas Arnolds works mainly in a non-representative manner.

Galerie Hubert Winter

Vienna | AT | Stand: C19 | Artist at viennacontemporary 2015: Ingo Nussbaumer | Curated by Ingo Nussbaumer & Galerie Hubert Winter
The work of Ingo Nussbaumer has for decades alternated between real materials and imaginary colour spaces, between scientific research and artistic action. Although art is the real issue for Ingo Nussbaumer, his systematically searching gaze again and again moves in a symptomatic manner between the ‘actual’ and artistic productions.

Galerie Iragui

Moscow | RU | Stand: D19 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Nikita Alexeev, Pavel Pepperstein, Valeria Nibiru, Viktor Pipovarov, Brigitte NaHon | Curated by Ekatherina Iragui
Galerie Irague is curating an exhibition about traces of suprematism in Russian contemporary art. Russain avante-garde ideas influence the contemporary artists today noticeably, inspire to experiment with the visuality of the beginning of 20 century. Examples of its resonance in the woks of Moscow conceptualists will be shown, such as Nikita Alexeev, Viktor Pivovarov, Pavel Pepperstein, the younger follower of post-conseptual drawing Valeria Nibiru and to put Russian suprematistic traces into a dialogue with a French-Israeli artist Brigitte NaHoN.

Galerie Rothamel

Frankfurt | DE |Stand: E36 | Artist at viennacontemporary 2015: Eckart Hahn | Curated by Jörk Rothamel
Eckart Hahn is attuned to paradoxes, to imperfections in the world and to cracks in the surface. These impressions are intensified by the audio books which are his constant companions while he is working. These literary influences play a part in the intuitive selection of motifs and moods in Hahn’s pictures which captivate viewers with their poetic and surreal power.

Galerija Škuc

Ljubljana | SI | Stand: B17 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Jasmina Cibic, Alban Muja, Matej Andraž Vogrinčič | Curated by Vladimir Vidmar
Context sensitive works of these artists all revolve around a response to specific surroundings, which are either a result of their travels or spring from a certain local idiosyncrasies of their own environments. While their practices employ very diverse media, from photography, film, performance, drawing and installation, and although their starting points often differ, they share the strategy of carefully examining the specifics of a context, reacting to it with a firm intention of showing the underlying ideological grid.

Geukens & De Vil

Antwerp/Knokke | BE | Stand: D27 | Artist at viennacontemporary 2015: Sophie Kuijken, Gideon Kiefer | Curated by Yasmine Geukens & Marie-Paule De Vil
The work by Gideon Kiefer and Sophie Kuijken correlates in an interesting way. Both focus on ‘Man’, however in a unique manner. Gideon Kiefer’s drawings and installations illustrate an internal and external human struggle, while Sophie Kuijken researches mankind by means of preparatory collages that result in oil paintings, she transforms numerous identities into a sole character.


Bucharest | RO | Stand: A18 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Ștefan Sava, Geta Brătescu, Paul Neagu | Curated by Diana Ursan
This is a mixture of contemporary art practice, with the young Romanian artist Ștefan Sava, art history, represented by the British-based postmodern icon Paul Neagu and with the work of the renown Romanian artist Geta Brătescu.


Timisoara | RO | Stand: D24 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Liviu Stoicoviciu, Amelie Grözinger | Curated by Andrei Jecza
Jecza Gallery is interested to create artistic and conceptual dialogues between different generations of artists, after showcasing the work of Genti Korini alongside the Sigma1 Group, now its time for Amelie Grözinger (b.1982) next to Liviu Stoicoviciu (b.1942). Among the Romanian painters, Liviu Stoicoviciu is the most devoted to geometry, and one of the more subtle European artists in this genre. It would be no exaggeration to call him a genius, since his unique, stubborn, clearly focused effort, remind us of the application of the great explorers. Currently, many of his paintings (…) could be patented, just as Fuller patented his geodesic dome. It must be stated that, leaving aside the geometric explanation, the charm of Liviu Stoicoviciu’s artworks is complex, its major feature remaining the sensitive principle. (Tudor Octavian, 1994) Liviu Stoicoviciu declares: „Sometimes I would like to believe that my artworks could be regarded as attempts to represent the fourth dimension in our three-dimensional world, to represent four-dimensional hyper-curves (growing in time). If we take a 1 meter long painting, its duration in space, according to Einstein’s formula, should be only 0.000000003 seconds. But, after a while, let’s say, 2-3 weeks, you should see the growth of the painting, in the direction of the temporal axis.” In a similar way, to Stoicoviciu’s own vision, the German artist, Amelie Grözinger is also interested in fractal theories, which undermine her work, which unfolds in her work practices.


Budapest | HU | Stand: D31 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Bartosz Kokosiński, Kamil Kukla, Tomek Baran | Curated by Hans Knoll


Berlin | DE | Stand: A12 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Franz Erhard Walter, Renzo Martens, Tobias Zielony, Chto Delat | Curated by Alexander Koch, Nikolaus Oberhuber and Raphael Oberhuber
Among other artists KOW will present works by Tobias Zielony (b.1973 Wuppertal, Germany). His critical aproach to social documentarism makes him one of the most discussed artists in contemporary german photography. After studying Documentary Photography at the University of Wales, Newport, Zielony enters Timm Rauterts’ class for artistic photography at the HGB Leipzig in 2001. In 2006 he moves to Berlin and receives the GASAG-Kunstpreis as well as grants for New York and Los Angeles. Solo exhibitions follow at C/O Berlin (2007), Kunstverein Hamburg (2010), Folkwang Museum Essen, MMK Zollamt Frankfurt, Camera Austria Graz (2011), and Berlinische Galerie (2013). In 2014 he was selected for the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennial 2015.


Vienna | AT | Stand: A20 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Sofie Thorsen | Curated by Helga & Peter Krobath
Krobath will present a solo show of Sofie Thorsen, whose works often concern concrete places, specific territories and their spaces.

Martin Asbæk Gallery

Copenhagen | DK | Stand: B01 | Artist at viennacontemporary 2015: Sofie Bird Møller | Curated by Martin Asbæk Gallery team 
This gallery will present a solo exhibition by Sofie Bird Møller. The Danish artist is known for her work with fashion advertisements and poster from the public space. The advertisements are torn out from well-known magazines or advertisement posters and with precision but also decided violence Sofie Bird Møller has painted over the models in the advertisements so they appear as abstract forms and so the painted shapes partly obscure what lies underneath. Anthropomorphic figures are suggested by thick, lush brushstrokes that have been laid over models striking elegant poses. The texture and viscosity of the paint are suggestive of naked flesh, even muscle tissue, meat.

P74 Gallery

Ljubljana | SI | Stand: D08 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Jože Barši, Polonca Lovšin, Uroš Potočnik | Curated by Tadej Pogačar
Three artists in this exhibition represent three generations and each of them deals with the detailed observing and analysing of the everyday; of the everyday relations, behaviours and processes, to which we are constantly subordinated, yet, because of our daily routines, we no longer notice nor understand.

Photon Gallery

Ljubljana | SI | Stand: F37 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Stane Jagodič, Roberto Kusterle, Ladislav Postupa | Curated by Dejan Sluga
This exhibition, “Ghosts of Dada”, pays homage to the tradition of Surrealism in Central Europe, which produced some remarkable works of photography.

Plan B

Berlin | DE | Stand: E18 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Serban Savu, Gheorghe Ilea, Victor Ciato, Ioana Batranu, Mihai Olos, Miklos Onucsan, Ciprian Muresan | Curated by Mihai Pop & Mihaela Lutea

pop/off/art gallery

Moscow | RU | Stand: E34 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Vlad Yurashko, Vika Shumskaya | Curated by Alexander Bikbov
The project is called “Total Darkness” and includes 8 works by Vika Shumskaya from the series “Non-sublime and Non-beautiful” and 5 paintings by Vlad Yurashko from the series “Landing denied”. Both Vika and Vlad are Ukrainian artists that live and work in Moscow and this project reflects anxiety and drama experienced in the times of open armed conflict. Paintings are accompanied by a short film played on the loop (a collaborative work of Vlad Yurashko and Vika Shumskaya, “Children’s Crusades”), born out of a documentary shooting in 2002. Today this video is perceived as an anticipation of a war as well as a warning against what leads to its eruption.


Warsaw | PL | Stand: E20 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Tomasz Kulka, Jakub Ciężki, Adam Jastrzębski | Curated by Jacek Sosnowski
The body of work exhibits three remarkable artists of young generation, who create multidimensional space of relationships trough various ecstatic means, but with common philosophical rigour that binds them together. All the works are equally similar and equally different in their nature.


Warsaw | PL | Stand: A05 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Michał Budny, Rafał Bujnowski, Aneta Grzeszykowska | Curated by Raster team 
Each of represented artists use various media and different kind of artistic approach. The idea for the exhibition is to try to link these generically diverse pieces by focusing on how do they reflect contemporary methods of artistic production using the particulars of three basic media of the arts: photography, sculpture and painting, and to focus on their individual ways of stressing a tension between different factors and matters they take up in their artistic process.

Richard Saltoun

London | UK | Stand: A15 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Renate Bertlmann, Valie Export, Jo Spence | Curated by Richard Saltoun
The special focus dedicated to feminist artists in the ‘70sVienna: Renate Bertlmann (1943-), VALIE EXPORT (1940-). The stand will showcase the variety and richness of feminist politics and aesthetics active in Vienna during that time, and their legacy.


Warsawa | PL | Stand: D11 | Artist at viennacontemporary 2015: Jakub Czyszczon | Curated by Stereo team
At viennacontemporary Stereo will present young polish painter Jakub Czyszczon. His work encourages a subtle intellectual play with the perception of information, of signifying fragments that are identified by collective memory. Czyszczoń’s paintings feature carefully selected,  artistically reduced motifs and borrowings from the worlds of media, popular culture, found photographs and images of childhood heroes.

Thaddaeus Ropac

Salzburg/Paris | AT/FR | Stand: E16/F15 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Imran Qureshi | Curated by Xenia Geroulanos
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac will present the solo presentation of of Imran Qureshi (b.1972), who lives and works in Lahore, Pakistan. His unique style combines the motifs, symbolism, and ornamental techniques of Mughal miniature painting with contemporary conceptual approaches.
The stand will present the The Idea of Life that bring together paintings, works on paper and one very formally painted miniature painting. His work explores the dialogue between life and death. Leaves and nature represent the idea of life, whilst the colour red (that appears at first glance like real blood) represents death.  The red also reminds Qureshi of the situation today in his country, Pakistan, and the world, where violence is almost a daily occurrence.  “But somehow, people still have hope,” Qureshi says “hence the flowers that emerge from the red paint in my work represent the hope that—despite everything—the people sustain somehow, their hope for a better future.”

Triumph Gallery

Moscow | RU | Stand: B32 | Artists at viennacontemporary: Alexander Brodsky, Recycle Art Group, Taisia Korotkova | Curated by Natalya Nusinova

Galerie Heike Curtze and Petra Seiser

Vienna | AT | Stand: F38 | Artist at viennacontemporary: Nestor Kovachev | Curated by Heike Curtze and Pera Seiser
Galerie Heike Curze and Petra Seiser will present a solo show of Bulgarian artist Nestor Kovachev. Exhibition ‘Fisherman`s Fire – The Past Unearthed’ consists of series of 42 drawings. It is a story about loss and those who have left their home. It is also about the troubles one experiences while aspiring for life in the city. The film follows a mode of reminiscence through a plot that focuses on the loss and difficult feeling of a woman.



Cluj | RO | Stand: D34 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Kinema Ikon, Sasha Auerbakh, Mihai Iepure-Gorski | Curated by Sorin Neamtu
The exhibition is putting in relation conceptual works of Saha and Mihai with an video installation (2015) of kinema ikon called Time Ma- chine. It will be a proper real size (half of a) car, with 2 projections of historical 16mm digitalised films from headlamps. The dashboard of the car will be “contemporary“ with video games console like, suggesting the idea of traveling in time.

418 Contemporary Art Gallery

Bucharest | RO | Stand: F39 | Artists at viennacontemporary 2015: Diet Sayler and Romul Nutiu | Curated by Joana Grevers
Two Romanian artists Diet Sayler (1939) and Romil Nutiu (1932-2012) are key figures of the Eastern European Abstraction, were both active in Timisoara in the 60s and early 70s. The obstinate cultivation of their non-figurative, can also be seen as an imperative need for freedom of thought, action and creation in Romania of the 60s and 70s.


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