viennacontemporary 2015 | Talks

With its complementary program, viennacontemporary offers a chance for all interested fair visitors to enhance their knowledge about contemporary art and to find out more about the most relevant international art collections.

The series “Keys to Contemporary Art”, co-curated by Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt, artistic director viennacontemporary, Nicolaus Schafhausen, director Kunsthalle Wien, and Vanessa Joan Müller, head of Dramaturgy at Kunsthalle Wien, that will take place during those four days at Marx Halle will range from the beginning rediscovery of avant-garde movements in Eastern Europe, the influence of contemporary socio-critical art and the performative strategies of current art production, which are gradually becoming more and more important, to the concepts of interpretation of contemporary art at museums and art spaces.

THURSDAY, 24 September

3:30 – 4:30 pm | How Does the Art World React to Challenges and Changes in Society?

chaired by Vanessa Joan Müller – Head of Dramaturgy Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna

Bassam El Baroni – Independent Curator and Art Critic, Alexandria, EG
Séamus Kealy – Director Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg, AT
Catrin Lorch – Art Critic Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, DE

Contemporary Art is often understood as a mirror of the society it arises from, as a critical commentary or an analysis through aesthetics. Currently, our world is changing at a pace that does not leave much room for long-term reflection. Even the art world itself is undergoing changes to an extent that forces curators and other protagonists to question their own position. The speakers will discuss the challenges of our time and how and if the art world can react to them.

5:00 – 6:00 pm  | Contemporary Art Futures: Redefining the Role of Applied Art Museums

chaired by Julien Robson –Independent Curator, NYC, US

Aldy Milliken – Director Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, US
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein – Director MAK, Vienna, AT

Gradually more and more artists choose a cross-disciplinary approach. The museums of applied art are, thus, faced with new questions concerning the presentation of collections and the role of artisanry in contemporary art. The speakers discuss the new permeability between fine and applied art.

FRIDAY, 25 September

12:30 – 1:30 pm | Corporate Collections
supported by Gazprombank and Sotheby’s

chaired by Mario Codognato – Curatorial Director, 21er Haus, Vienna

Silvia Eiblmayr – Art Historian and Member of the Artistic Board of KONTAKT. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation.
Grazia Quaroni – Senior Curator, Head of Collections Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, FR
Jo Vickery – International Director Russian Art, Sotheby’s, London, UK

On the occasion of Gazprombank’s and Sotheby’s recent release of their „Corporate Collections“ book, our panelists will discuss the characteristics and roles of their respective collections in institutions and the present art scene. Private and Corporate Collections have a long tradition of patronage in the Anglo-Saxon countries and Japan, have recently expanded in continental Europe and even more clearly in South America, Russia and China. With soaring art prices and limited budgets for public institutions, Corporate Collections have become, more than ever, an important player in the art market and in support of artists and museums alike.

3:30 – 4:30 pm | Rediscovery of the Avant-Garde
supported by Aksenov Family Foundation

chaired by Rainer Fuchs – Deputy Director, mumok, Vienna

Kathy Battista – Director Modern & Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, NYC, US; Curator E.A.T. – Experiments in Art and Technology exhibition at Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
Maria Rus Bojan – Curator and Art Historian, Amsterdam, NL
Marika Kuźmicz – Head of ARTon Foundation, Warsaw, PL

Subject of the discussion is the rediscovery of avantgardistic and neo-avantgardistic art from Eastern European countries both in the different Easter European spheres as well as in an international framework. To evaluate the current situation, historic experience is fundamental. The basic questions are thus: What relations between social policy and the development of art are reflected in the history of reception of Eastern European avant-gardes both in East and West? What role does the current rediscovery play? In what way do art-theory, exhibitions and the art market influence this rediscovery?

5:00 – 6:00 pm | curated by_vienna: Tomorrow Today

Armen Avanessian – Philosopher, Literary Scholar, Curator curated by_vienna talks about art and capital with:
Kolja Reichert – Art Critic, Author, Editor Spike Art Quarterly, Berlin, DE

The essay “Tomorrow Today”, which is also the title of this talk, deals with artistic strategies for a post- capitalistic era. Avanessian raises questions regarding future (and already existing) alternative models for art and economy. International curators have taken part in this experiment and present their exhibitions on this topic in 20 selected Viennese galleries.

SATURDAY, 26 September

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Founders – Culture – Technology: The Use of Open Space
supported by Aksenov Family Foundation

chaired by Markus Lust – Editor in Chief, Vice Magazine, Vienna

Michael Breidenbrücker – Serial Entrepreneur (Co-Founder of Last.fm, Artist and Engineer), Vienna
Oliver Holle
– Founder and CEO Speedinvest, Vienna,AT
Rupert Huber – Composer and Musician, Vienna, AT
Marko Košnik – Poly media Artist, Egon March Institute, Ljubljana, SL

The rethinking of distinctive new cultural elements of society is a permanent process. All over the world, people are coming up with pioneering spirit and exiting new forms of cultural production, aesthetics and perception.

12:30 – 1:30 pm | Urban Development & Contemporary Culture
supported by Aksenov Family Foundation

chaired by Lutz Engelke – Founder and CEO of TRIAD, Berlin, DE

Natalia Fishman – Advisor to the President of Tatarstan, Kazan, RU
Olivier Gabet – Director Musée Des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, FR
Alina Saprykina – Director Museum of Moscow, Moscow, RU
Alistair Spalding – Director, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, UK

The aim of this discussion is to facilitate a genuine exchange between cultural activists, representatives of the creative cluster and urban developers. In the last few years, urban development strategies have been strongly influenced by the beliefs of what makes cities desirable in an increasingly globalized economy, where knowledge, creativity and innovation are the driving forces for economic growth. Today, many policy makers believe that in order to prosper cities should be attractive for people. Vibrant cities offering a variety of cultural qualities and creating new systems are the most desirable places to live, consume and produce.

2:00 – 3:00 pm | Young Collectors Talk

chaired by Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt – Artistic Director viennacontemporary

Jacqueline Nowikovsky – Collector, Representative Bonhams Austria, Vienna
Sydney Ogidan – Collector, Vienna, AT
Ivo Wessel – Collector, Berlin, DE

The Young Collectors Talk targets an audience who is interested, but has not yet acquired profound knowledge in the field of contemporary art. This talk should answer questions and give a lead–in how to start collecting art, how to approach artists and galleries, how to make the right choices, and how to invest.

5:00 – 6:00 pm | Running Private Institutions

chaired by Julie Boukobza – Independent curator, Director 89plus europe, Paris FR

Inna Bazhenova – Founder In Artibus Foundation, Owner and Publisher The Art Newspaper, Moscow, RU
Miguel Rios – Director and Curator, Fundação Leal Rios, Lisbon, PT
Daniela Zyman – Chief Curator tba21, Vienna, AT

Private institutions are becoming increasingly important for both collecting art as well as for art education. What makes founders establish their institutions, what are the challenges of running them and how does one come up with an artistic program? How could fruitful collaborations between private and public institutions ideally work? Are they a complement, healthy competition for or even a danger to public institutions?

SUNDAY, 27 September

12:30 – 1:30 pm | International Art Events as Catalyst for Local and Regional Development
(talk in German)

chaired by Nadia Weiss – Journalist and Director, Vienna

Elisabeth Noever-Ginthör – Head of departure, the creative unit of the Vienna Business Agency
Florian Reither – Artist, Member of Gelitin Art Collective, Vienna
Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt – Artistic Director viennacontemporary
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein – Director MAK, Vienna

The public urban space is subject to a permanent process of change that no citizen can escape from. What influence does art have on the appearance of a city like Vienna? Are artists encouraged to participate or are their endeavours ignored, maybe even impeded?

3:30 – 5:00 pm | Bulgaria: Variable in appearance, sometimes vaporous, sometimes as plastic paste – A conversation piece with the participation of the artists from Focus Bulgaria Directed by Dessislava Dimova


In the context of this year’s country focus, Brussels-resident Bulgarian author and curator Dessislava Dimova talks with the Bulgarian artists participating in viennacontemporary about the current situation and development of contemporary art production in Bulgaria. In addition, talks with the title “Objects moving minds in space” between artists and Dessislava Dimova will take place daily in the context of the presentation. Among others, participants will include Luchezar Boyadjiev, Voin de Voin, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Lazar Lyutakov and Kamen Stoyanov.

To learn more about Bulgarian contemporary art, visit the Focus Bulgaria booth C16/C24 for everyday talks with artists. September 24-27 | 12:00-15:00

24 – 27 September 2015
Marx Halle
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, A-1030 Vienna

Opening hours:
Thursday, 24 September 2015: 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Friday, 25 September 2015: 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Saturday, 26 September 2015: 11:00 am–7:00 pm
Sunday: 27 September 2015: 11:00 am–6:00 pm

Public transport:
Underground: U3-Station Erdberg – Exit Nottendorfer Gasse via Karl-Farkas-Gasse Train: Line 7 – Stop St. Marx
Tram: Line 71 – Stop St. Marx, Line 18 – Stop Viehmarktgasse or St. Marx
Bus: Line 74A – Stop St. Marx, 80A – Final stop St. Marx

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