Monthly overview on #viennacontemporaryMag of the most interesting exhibitions across Eastern Europe, handpicked by Tina Kaplar, editor in chief of Art Guide East. THE PORTENT OF LIGHT I Meetfactory, Prague
artists: Caroline Achaintre, Agnieszka Brzeżańska, Dominik Císař, Mark Fridvalszki, Maria Loboda, Milan Mikuláštík, Shana Moulton
curators: Jaro Varga, Lucia Tkáčová
The show, titled The Portent of Light is inspired by the oeuvre of Ludvík Souček (1926-1978), an excellent sci-fi writer and a unique occurrence on the literary scene of former socialist Czechoslovakia. The Portent of Light wants to pursue the enticing phenomenon of “lost knowledge”. It follows the comet/fantasy of highly advanced civilizations that vanished in the murkiness of oblivion and explores how the heritage of ancient wisdom seeps into the current thinking and resonates in the contemporary art practice.
artists: Mihuț Bosçu-Kafchin, Yane Calovski, Stanisław Dróżdż, Ksenia Gnilitska, Igor Grubić, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Nilbar Güres, Petrit Halilaj, Vladimir Houdek, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Ali Kazma, Šejla Kamerić, Lesia Khomenko, Genti Korini, Eva Kotátková, Zofia Kulik, Vlado Martek, Radenko Milak, Sükran Moral, Ciprian Mureşan, Vlad Nancă, Ioana Nemes, Paulina Ołowska, Roman Ondák, Dan Perjovschi, Agnieszka Polska, Tobias Putrih, Nedko Solakov, Mladen Stilinović
curators: Adriana Oprea, Nathalie Hoyos, Rainald Schumacher
‘Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia’ emphasises the strong narrative aspect of Eastern European art, relating the history of and stories from the countries of Eastern Europe. They are stories that reveal an engagement with the past or a vision of the future; all are characterised by a reflection on how history is constructed and modified. Who is telling the narratives? How is time shaped? It counts for the past as well as for the future. ‘Nostalgia’, as Svetlana Boym analyses in ‘The Future of Nostalgia’ is a symptom of our age. It may seem retrospective, but ‘the fantasies of the past, determined by the needs of the present, have a direct impact on the realities of the future’.
As one of the few presentations of a corporate collection in Romania, Art Collection Telekom offers a model for a way in which a vital and diverse culture can be promoted by the private sector’s participation.
artists: Marina Abramović | Igor Anđelić | Miroslav Bałka | Đorđe Balmazović | Jože Barši | Walter Benjamin | Luchezar Boyadjiev | Jasmina Cibic | Vuk Ćosić | Josef Dabernig | Juraj Dobrović (participant in the New Tendencies movement) | EXAT 51 (Bernardo Bernardi, Zdravko Bregovac, Vlado Kristl, Ivan Picelj, Zvonimir Radić, Božidar Rašica, Vjenceslav Richter, Aleksandar Srnec, Vladimir Zarahović) | Stano Filko | Vadim Fishkin | Božidar Flajšman | György Galántai | Gorgona | Egon March Institute | Ion Grigorescu | Dmitry Gutov | Jenny Holzer | IRWIN | Janez Janša & Janez Janša & Janez Janša | Zmago Jeraj | Ilya & Emilia Kabakov | Staš Kleindienst | Komar & Melamid | Neven Korda Andrič | Andreja Kulunčić (& Ibrahim Ćurić, Said Mujić, Osman Pezić) | Vladimir Kupriyanov | Laibach | Kazimir Malevich | David Maljković | Saša Marković Mikrob | Paul Neagu | Ivan Moudov | Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) | New Collectivism | OHO | Anatoly Osmolovsky | Tanja Ostojić | Alen Ožbolt | Adrian Paci | Marko Peljhan | Ivan Picelj (participant in the New Tendencies movement) | Alenka Pirman | Zora Plešnar | Tadej Pogačar & The P.A.R.A.S.I.T.E. Museum of Contemporary Art | Darinka Pop – Mitić | Uroš Potočnik | Marjetica Potrč | Arjan Pregl | Franc Purg & Sara Heitlinger | Punk Museum | Tobias Putrih | Vjenceslav Richter (participant in the New Tendencies movement) | Arsen Savadov | Sašo Sedlaček | Nedko Solakov | Aleksandar Srnec (participant in the New Tendencies movement) | Mladen Stilinović | Tone Stojko | Škart | Jane Štravs | Krassimir Terziev | Slaven Tolj | Goran Trbuljak | Vinko Tušek | Josip Vaništa | Sašo Vrabič | Konstantin Zvezdochotov | Dunja Zupančič :: Miha Turšič ::Dragan Živadinov
curators: Zdenka Badovinac and Bojana Piškur
The exhibition Low-Budget Utopias presents works that come largely from the Moderna galerija’s Arteast 2000+ Collection. This is the eighth installation of the collection in which we develop the notion of the collection as a tool. In the present exhibition we explain the collection and the museum as tools that help to sustain a utopian consciousness.
In Low-Budget Utopias the low-budget work conditions experienced both by our own museum and by artists are discovered in the regions covered by our collection are continually imposing themselves on us as something permanent and that, to overcome them, we must find the potential that exists within these same conditions – without, however, actually consenting to them.
artists: Zsili Bertalan Babos | Dániel Bernáth | Borbála Blahó | György Bp. Szabó | Lola Cervant | Károly Elekes | Marcell Esterházy | István Felsmann | Comité de Réservation | Sára Gink | Kitti Gosztola | László Karácsonyi | Gábor Kerekes | Gábor Koós | Adrián Kupcsik | Ákos Matzon | Márta Rácz | Veronika Romhány | János Sugár | Hajnalka Tarr | Kata Tranker
curator: Zsuzsanna Szegedy-Maszák
The group exhibition Accumulator presents contemporary artists from various areas of the visual arts whose works in some manner reflect on the act of collecting. By focusing on a specific form of artistic behaviour, the show is a continuation of the exhibition entitled Creation-Works, organized in 2015 at the Budapest Gallery.
artist: Aneta Grzeszykowska
curator: Wojciech Nowicki
In her pictures, Aneta Grzeszykowska not only depicts the bodies of her multiple avatars, but also makes evident their ostensible, momentary existence, their fading and inescapable death. At times, she goes even further and shows their irrelevance. The exhibition features photographs from series representing various periods of Grzeszykowska’s art, such as Untitled Film Stills, Love Book, Acrobat Book, Negative Book, and Selfie, as well as her film Negative Process, a video documenting her work on Negative Book. The film can be interpreted as Grzeszykowska’s statement on her art, where revealing the technical aspect does not affect the deeper, truly relevant layer.
artists: Viktorija Eksta, Andrejs Strokins, Alissa Nirgi
organizer: Riga Photography Biennial in cooperation with Association of Culture Institutions of Riga City Council, exhibition hall Riga Art Space and NoRoutine Books (LT)
In August 2015, the Riga Photography Biennial 2016 launched a competition Seeking the Latest in Photography! with the aim of discovering and introducing to the wider public the creative efforts of young emerging artists. The competition was open to artists and photographers from the Baltic States aged 18 to 35 whose work revealed and demonstrated the power of image, and offered a relevant and original point of view which strived towards conceptual application of photography. Works by the winners of the top three prizes are now on show at Riga Art Space Intro Hall. The NoRoutine Books publishing initiative awarded its own special prize – an opportunity to publish her own photo book – to artist Ieva Balode.
artists:Siarhiej Babareka, Israel Basov, Belarusian Climate group, Bergamotgroup, Vladimir Tsesler / Sergey Voichenko, Anna Chkolnikova, Zhanna Gladko, Janna Grak, Oxana Gourinovitch, Mikhail Gulin, Lena Davidovich, Evelina Domnich / Dmitry Gelfand, Andrei Dureika, Sergey Kiryuschenko, Artur Klinov, Alexander Komarov, Alexej Koschkarow, Andrei Liankevich, Lipovy Cvet group, Alexey Lunev, Vika Mitrichenko, Galina Moskaleva / Vladimir Shakhlevich, Marina Naprushkina, Ales Pushkin, group Revision, Vitaly Rozhkov (Bismark), Ludmila Rusova, Igor Savchenko, Olga Sazykina, Sergey Shabohin, Antonina Slobodchikova, Anna Sokolova, Tamara Sokolova, Leon Tarasewicz, Oleg Tcherny, Igor Tishin, Maxim Tyminko / Gleb Choutov / Maja Ilic, Vasiliy Vasiliev, Alexey Velikjanin, Oleg Yushko / Kirill Lubenec.
curators: Andrei Dureika and Maxim Tyminko.
For the first time in Ukraine, the exhibition ZBOR. Belarusian art movement (bel. zbor — collection) presents an overview of Belarusian contemporary art. It is a key event, which enables understanding of how Belarusian cultural space has transformed over the last 25 years.
ZBOR encompasses the results of a research led by KALEKTAR platform that was established by a group of artists and curators to study and preserve the newest history of Belarusian art. The exhibition is based on forty key art pieces, which, according to the experts’ council of KALEKTAR platform, have determined the main trends and directions in the development of the Belarusian contemporary art. The exhibition includes over 200 exhibit items such as documentary photographs, scholarly essays, as well as original works by Belarusian artists, created between the 1980s and today. One of the central pieces of the exhibition is a big media presentation comprising original video works by over twenty authors and rare archival footage of performances and artistic actions. More than fifty Belarusian artists, residing in the country or abroad, are represented at the exhibition.
artists: Zofia Kulik and Przemysław Kwiek
KwieKulik is an artistic duo consisting of Zofia Kulik and Przemysław Kwiek who were active between 1971 to 1987 in Poland. They suggested connecting art and politics by using artistic demonstrations and performances, which they called ‘activities.’ Their work originated from their interaction with the society they lived in and the effects on their daily lives. Partly, the artistic expression of their critical attitude towards the regime resulted in restrictions of their own personal freedom – an effect they again processed into art. This can be seen in the work “A Monument without a Passport” (1978), which gives this show its title. It was an activity the artists carried out in response to the denial of their passports for travelling to a festival in the Netherlands. This constraint had been imposed upon them on account of the publication of a state-critical piece of work. Despite such difficulties, the duo continued working and documenting all of their artistic activities. They described and photographed their practices, creating an archive, which was always of a radical, social and highly political bent. Put in the context of the current political situation today, the critical approach of their work assumes new relevance.
performers: Tomas Dapšauskas, Raima Drąsutytė, Lema Lungytė, Viktoras Michnevičius, Greta Petrovskytė, Andrius Pulkauninkas, Matas Saladžius, Kristina Aglaja Skaldina, Povilas Šimoni
concept and choreography: Eglė Budvytytė
curators: Virginija Januškevičiūtė and Rūta Junevičiūtė
Skateboard Prayer, or Head Below the Heart is an exhibition organised around a daily ritual, featuring seven performers who slowly trace a route through the spaces of the CAC. Their practice – a choreography of gestures reminiscent of various spiritual traditions – carries them to and through various states of inwardness, intimacy, playfulness and humbleness. Through gestures of care they embrace their interdependency, remaining mostly indifferent to the presence of audience. The ritual starts daily at 6pm and lasts an hour. During the opening night the audience is invited to attend a ‘suspended’ version of the piece.
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1. Caroline Achaintre: Lee Vee Double D. photo courtesy of Arcade London
2. Aneta Grzeszykowska, Negative Book, 2012–2013,Pigment print on paper, 50 cm x 38 cm
3. Vinko Tušek, Ambient M1, 1971, Moderna galerija’s national collection. Photo: Matija Pavlovec.
4. Marcell Esterházy The Circle is Not Round, 2012, giclée print, 140 × 140 cm
5. Aneta Grzeszykowska, Selfie #3, 2014 ⓒ Aneta Grzeszykowska. Courtesy of the artist and Raster Gallery in Warsaw
6. Viktorija Eksta, from the series God, Nature, Toil, 2013‒2015
7. Zbigniew Rogalski, Sea, 2012, object, lightbox, property: Raster Gallery
8. The Monument Without a Passport, 1978 | © the artists, Courtesy ŻAK | BRANICKA
9. Exhibition view, courtesy: Zpace
10. Ștefan Sava : The Falling of the Arches, still, courtesy: Ivan Gallery