viennacontemporary 2015 | Collectors Talks

20four7 – Contemporary Collecting is a series of talks that takes place daily at viennacontemporary, dealing with the subject of collecting art in the context of a globalized art scene that propagates new and current art 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The series of intimate conversations with some of the most outstanding collectors of today’s contemporary art scene will focus on their personal enthusiasm and vision for collecting. The series of talks intends to highlight individual models of building up a collection and different concepts of working with a collection by giving something back to the public. The series 20four7 – Contemporary Collecting is curated by Rainald Schumacher and is now in its 3rd edition at viennacontemporary.

THURSDAY, 24 September

2:00 – 3:00 pm | Romania: Art Encounters: Timişoara/Arad

Rainald Schumacher in conversation with
Ovidiu Sandor – Collector, Founder and President Art Encounters Foundation – Timişoara, RO
Nathalie Hoyos – Curator, Art Encounters, Berlin, DE

Besides Poland, Romania is among the few former Eastern Bloc countries with an art scene of international reputation. A relatively high number of Romanian galleries regularly exhibits contemporary art, fostering the young and established art scene and representing artists at international fairs. However, the situation remains extremely difficult for individual artists. There are only few subsidies by public institutions, and only a handful of collectors focus on Romanian art. Ovidiu Sandor, one of these very active private collectors, has founded the Art Encounters Foundation, organizing a regular exhibition on the status quo of Romanian art in the international discourse, Art Encounters, which will take place for the first time this October in both Timişoara and Arad.

FRIDAY, 25 September

2:00 – 3:00 pm | Spotlight Bulgaria – Which Role do Fine Arts Play in the Country that Joined the EU in 2007?

Rainald Schumacher in conversation with

Spas Roussev – Collector, Sofia, BG & London, UK
Gaudenz B. Ruf –Collector and Founder of the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for Bulgarian Art, Zurich, CH
Nedko Solakov – Artist and collector, Sofia, BG

Bulgarian contemporary art only plays a minor role in the global art discourse. Only few galleries operate on an international level and offer a platform for the presentation of Bulgarian positions. How can we overcome this situation? How can we prevent talented and promising artists from finding their happiness abroad? How can we trigger societal changes inspiring a better understanding for the importance of contemporary art? How can we help society to be open to dialog about controversial topics, as they are often provoked and persistently formulated.

SATURDAY, 26 September

3:30 – 4:30 pm | On the Status Quo of the Art Market and the Role as well as Relevance of an Art Fair in Vienna

Ingrid & Thomas Jochheim (on the left)

Ingrid & Thomas Jochheim (on the left)

Rainald Schumacher in conversation with
Ingrid & Thomas Jochheim – Collectors, Berlin, DE

The other talks focus on the status quo of contemporary art in Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. But does Vienna as an art fair venue really have the potential to build bridges to the cultural area of Eastern Europe? What are collectors Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim interested in at the fair and which individual pieces caught their eye?

SUNDAY, 27 September

2:00 – 3:00 pm | Talking to the IZOLYATSIA Foundation from Donetsk, on Exile in Kyiv, About the Status Quo of Art in Ukraine

Rainald Schumacher in conversation with
Anya Medvedeva – Director IZOLYATSIA, Kyiv, UA
Luba Michailova – Collector and Founder IZOLYATSIA, Kyiv, UA

This talk offers a glimpse into the difficult situation of art in Ukraine. There are hardly any state-funded subsidies for art, culture or creativity. IZOLYATSIA Foundation is among the few private initiatives. It opened on the premises of a former factory in Donetsk in 2010, but since 9 June 2014, the premises are occupied by militia forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and now serve as military training area. Many of the artworks created on site have been destroyed. In 2015, the foundation opened its new center “in exile” at the premises of a big shipyard in Kyiv with workshops, artist studios and exhibition rooms. The non-governmental and non-profit foundation focuses on the promotion of contemporary art and culture, fostering creative initiatives and international dialog also regarding an open and democratic society.

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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