Having presented 120 galleries this year, viennacontemporary also offered a wide range of special projects to the visitors: from lecture series, CultTech Hackathon to Talks, Media Talks!, Family program and five special presentations: ZONE1, Solo& Sculpture, Focus: Hungary, Nordic Highlights and Cinema program.
ZONE1 was dedicated to young Austrian artists. 10 artists below 40, born or educated in Austria, presented their artworks on various topics from self-optimization, information, and data transfer on the internet, matter as information storage for human civilization, over expanding the notion of painting and strategies of its spatial experience, to the basic conditions of artistic creation and the political and sociological dimensions of art.
The program, including different media from photography, extended painting and sculpture to installation and performance, was curated by Marlies Wirth, curator at the MAK – Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna
The artists and galleries: Peter Jellitsch, Galerie Clemens Gunzer (CH/AT) | Maria Anwander and Ruben Aubrecht, Galerie Lisi Hämmerle (AT) | Sarah Pichlkostner, Galerie Hubert Winter (AT) | Flora Hauser, Galerie Meyer Kainer (AT) | Florian Schmidt, Philipp von Rosen Galerie (DE) | Theresa Eipeldauer, KROBATH (AT) | Thilo Jenssen, KOENIG2 (AT) | Kay Walkowiak, Zeller van Almsick (AT) | Christian Falsnaes, PSM (DE) | Samuel Schaab, unttld contemporary (AT)
Solo & Sculpture
Solo & Sculpture program was represented by 9 artistic statements — high-quality sculptures, created by international artists. Curated by Miguel Wandschneider, it aimed to show the primacy of the object and its materiality over meaning.
The artists and galleries: Werner Feiersinger (AT), Galerie Martin Janda (AT) | Koenraad Dedobbeleer (BE), Gesellschaft für projektive Ästhetik vormals Georg Kargl Fine Arts (AT) | Bruno Gironcoli (AT), Galerie Krinzinger (AT) | Michael E. Smith (US), KOW (DE) | Belén Uriel (ES), Galeria Madragoa (PT) | Joëlle Tuerlinckx (BE), Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder (AT) | Ana Santos (PT), Galeria Quadrado Azul (PT) | Alexandre Estrela (PT), Travesia Cuatro (ES) | Suchan Kinoshita (JP), Galerie Nadja Vilenne (BE)
Focus: Hungary program was represented by three galleries: Budapest acb Gallery, Kisterem and Vintage Gallery. The special presentation dedicated to Hungarian neo-avant-garde art from the seventies and the dichotomy of “outside and inside” was curated by art historian and critic József Mélyi.
The artists of this period highlight their difference with the use of special media: action, conceptual photography, mail art, etc. Working outside of the official art scene, they were looking for a connection with global tendencies of contemporary art.
The exhibited artists and artist groups: Gábor Attalai | Imre Bak | Miklós Erdély | Árpád fenyvesi Tóth | Ferenc Ficzek | György Galántai | Tibor Gáyor | B. István Gellér | Tibor Hajas | Károly Hopp-Halász | Tamás Hencze | György Jovánovics | Károly Kismányoky 3 | Klára Kuchta | Katalin Ladik | Ferenc Lantos | Dóra Maurer | Vera Molnar | István Nádler | Sándor Pinczehelyi | Tamás Szentjóby | Kálmán Szijártó | Bálint Szombathy | Endre Tót | Péter Türk | János Vető
As a part of Nordic Highlights special presentation, the galleries from Finland, Denmark, and Sweden presented both international art and specific positions of the young and established generations from the artistic field of the Nordic countries.
The galleries : Galerie Mikael Andersen (DK) | Galleri Bo Bjerggaard (DK) | Cecilia Hillström Gallery (SE) | Gallery Taik Persons (DE/FI).
Cinema: my own little happiness
Curated by Olaf Stüber, this year’s Cinema program presented films and videos of Austrian and international artists on the topic of my own little happiness. Artists’ films and video works were exploring the subject of happiness and the process of searching for it.