We picked the best art exhibitions on display in Vienna this March. Explore the contemporary side of the city and visit museums and galleries listed further.
Albert Mertz at Croy Nielsen | Parkring 4, 1010
The main-feature of the exhibition is the spatial installation Dekonstruktion af maleriets møblement (Deconstruction of the furnishing of painting), which Mertz realized for the first time in 1974 at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning in Copenhagen. It consists of almost 40 canvases, each measuring 70 x 70 cm: hanging on the walls, from the ceiling, leaning, or set up as a sort of gate at the entrance to the space. The ones lying on the floor force the viewer to step over and into the installation as such. In a sequence of apparently systematic operations the canvases are split open in various ways, folding diagonally within the frame, or dangling below it, for example.
Haris Epaminonda at secession | Friedrichstraße 12, 1010
In Haris Epaminonda’s exhibitions, fragments from the natural world find their counterparts in shards of historical materials. Found and crafted elements such as architectural carvings and modifications, support structures in the form of pedestals and platforms, draperies, vessels and statuettes as well as pages from old books form the visual vocabulary out of which Epaminonda weaves unimagined narratives. The individual components arranged in the gallery are in palpable interaction, though the specific character of their interrelation remains enigmatic. It is here that Epaminonda’s art of visual storytelling encounters the particular history of the exhibition site.
‘Optik Schröder II’ at mumok | Museumsplatz 1, 1070
The exhibition Optik Schröder II presents a representative selection from the collection of Alexander Schröder. This includes important works by Kai Althoff, Tom Burr, Bernadette Corporation, Claire Fontaine, Gelitin, Isa Genzken, Anne Imhof, Sergej Jensen, Pierre Klossowski, Manfred Pernice, Martha Rosler, and Reena Spaulings, and is one of the most important German private collections of contemporary art.
Rachel Whiteread at Belvedere 21 | Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030
Rachel Whiteread is recognised internationally as one of the leading artists of her generation. In Vienna she is best known for her Holocaust Memorial on the Judenplatz, with which the British artist has had a lasting effect on the city and changed the discourse about the past. For the first time in Austria, the Belvedere 21 is showing a substantial survey of the renowned Turner Prize- winner’s thirty-year oeuvre.
WOW! The Heidi Horten Collection at Leopold Museum | Museumsplatz 1, 1070
The exhibition “WOW! The Heidi Horten Collection” is the first public presentation of one of the most impressive European private collections. The presentation at the Leopold Museum fulfils the collector’s long-cherished wish to make the masterpieces meticulously collected by her since the 1990s by artists from Gustav Klimt to Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst accessible to a wide audience. Featuring more than 150 works from 100 years of art history, the presentation affords individual insights into the spectrum of art and artists united by Heidi Goess-Horten under one roof. The largest groups of works are those of Expressionism and American Pop Art.