This is our selection of Vienna’s top 5 exhibitions in March. Discover contemporary Vienna by visiting the exhibitions listed further.
Ernst Caramelle at mumok | Museumsplatz 1, 1070
mumok is presenting the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of the Austrian artist Ernst Caramelle. The exhibition includes all the phases of his work from 1974 to the present and attractively combines the artist’s various media and conceptual approaches. This exhibition does not focus entirely on chronology, but rather on the connections between works in different media (photos, videos, and reproductions of media images), mural painting, the so-called Gesso Pieces and Sun Pieces, drawings, watercolors, and prints.
Set This House in Order at Neuer Kunstverein Wien
| Goethegasse 1 Stiege 5, 1st Floor, 1010
Set This House in Order is an exhibition in progress with the artists Annja Krautgasser, Claudia Larcher and Bern Oppl entering into mutual dialogue in individual successive and complementary presentations. The artists focus on architectural, psychological and social spaces, which are contextualised in the new exhibition space of Neuer Kunstverein Wien. The title of the exhibition, which is one of the literature sources from Krautgasser’s presented performative installation refers to Matt Ruff’s detective story Set This House in Order, which tells the story of a man suffering from a multiple personality disorder.
Pensive State at Sophie Tappeiner | An der Hülben 3, 1010
For the exhibition Pensive State, Irina Lotarevich and Anna Schachinger have positioned ceramic figures on metal structures throughout the gallery. The metal structures, a collaboration between the two artists, resemble tall iron chairs or strange, multi-story architectural complexes. In order to form her ceramics, Schachinger cuts into the clay mass on the throwing wheel, and by turning its inside outwards and the outside inwards, defines and grows the sculpture’s surfaces from a common space. The resulting forms, hybrids of humans and furniture, settle down comfortably on the floors of the metal constructions.
Nicolas Jasmin at Belvedere 21| Arsenalstraße 1, 1030
Nicolas Jasmin’s artistic approach can be understood as pictorial archaeology. Jasmin has developed a method that combines painting with laser technology. A laser beam works its way through layers of paint that have been applied to hessian and exposes them to the primer, thereby revealing traces of the formation process. Jasmin also practises pictorial archaeology in terms of his subjects: he finds them in art history, in pop and everyday culture – in short: in our collective pictorial memory – and recontextualises them. Wide-ranging series of works thus arise in which Jasmin repeatedly explores simple gestures and forms. In the process, he is guided by both prescribed rules and happenstance, always questing after the unconscious and enigmatic aspects of his pictures.
Tomás Saraceno at Karlskirche Contemporary Arts | Kreuzherrengasse 1, 1040
The installation Aerocene by Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno is the first project by a contemporary artist to feature as part of Karlskirche Contemporary Arts, a programme launched in 2018. This new program is organised and financed entirely through private means and intends to connect the baroque church building with contemporary art in a way that is unique worldwide. Two giant spherical sculptures – two air-filled spheres with a diameter of more than 10 and 7 meters respectively – floats in the dome of the magnificent Baroque building.