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Top 5 Exhibitions in Vienna | May

Our Top 5 selection of exhibitions this May brings together galleries and institutions that are showcasing a compilation of artworks by different artists under one roof. At the Secession, works by Peter Doig, Martine Syms and Fernanda Gomes presents an immersive sculptural, spatial and sound experience. Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälders’ exhibition is the first collaborative show by the two artists, Polly Apfelbaum and Isa Melsheimer, inspired by their experiences in Appian Way in Rome in 2013. Galerie Krinzinger brings together three exhibitions by artists Mark Wallinger, William Mackrell and Radhika Khimji namely, “Upside Down Inside Out Back to Front”, “Here is where we meet” and “Shift” respectively. “grey time” presents two collaborative paintings by artists Jeremias Altmann and Andreas Tanzer, which were  created in the public galleries of the Kunsthistorisches Museum (along with photographs by Barbara Herbst). Last but not least, Toni Schmale at Christine König Galerie explores the dialogue between the artist and hard materials, questioning their inner functions and surfaces.

Discover contemporary Vienna by visiting the exhibitions listed further.

Martine Syms, Peter Doig and Fernanda Gomes at Secession
| Friedrichstraße 12, 1010

 

From April 12 – June 16, Secession presents three exhibitions from three renowned artists, Martine Syms, Peter Doig and Fernanda Gomes. Martine Syms has created an immersive installation composed of a sculptural intervention, a sound installation, and a photographic collage, with each element referencing the Detroit-based Simpson’s Record Shop. Peter Doig has his first solo show in Austria in which he continues to explore recurring motifs, drawing from the physical and cultural landscape that surrounds him in Trinidad, where these works were made. Fernanda Gomes applies her usual approach of letting the space reverberate with her: “much of the process is purely mental, and unpredictable. Each exhibition is a piece in itself, created from the perspective of a given situation. The core of the action is to produce a state of being, thinking, feeling, moving, also to produce joy.


Polly Apfelbaum and Isa Melsheimer at Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder | Grünangergasse 1, 1010

 

The double exhibition of Polly Apfelbaum and Isa Melsheimer shows new ceramics as well as paper- and textile-based works that highlight the artistic focal points of both artists. This is Polly Apfelbaum and Isa Melsheimer’s first collaboration. The exhibition owes its title to an encounter on the Appian Way in Rome in 2013 when Polly Apfelbaum was on a scholarship from the American Academy and Isa Melsheimer on a scholarship from the German Academy Villa Massimo. Both had been equally enthralled and captivated by the block paving of the famous road lined with cypress trees and the relics of tombs and graves dating from Ancient Rome. Such was their shared interest in architecture and in ancient and modern ruins that they would subsequently meet up again many times in Rome.


Mark Wallinger, William Mackrell, Radhika Khimji at Galerie Krinzinger
| Seilerstätte 16, 1010

 

Galerie Krinzinger brings together three exhibitions by artists Mark Wallinger, William Mackrell and Radhika Khimji. “Upside Down Inside Out Back to Front” is a compilation of Mark Wallingers’ paintings since 2015, incorporating three distinct, but related bodies of work, entirely hand-made and related to the proportions of the artist. With “Here is where we meet”, William Mackrells’ dialogues in his installations ignite a constant push-pull of control and release, which run through his work, setting up unsettling scenarios that blur beauty with a sinister unraveling of his thoughts. Lastly, “Shift” by Radhika Khimji presents works borrowed from a surrealistic language to shift cultural stereotypes and make visible a body screened by certain censorships.


grey time – Fractions of the Museum at Kunsthistorisches Museum
| Maria-Theresien-Platz, 1010

 

Jeremias Altmann and Andreas Tanzer have been collaborating for some years on the series grey time – a continually growing collection focused on decay. Last spring, the two draughtsmen and painters broke with their usual practice – they normally work in strict isolation in their studios – in favour of the two-part oil painting Bruchteile (Fractions), which they created in the public galleries of the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Across several galleries, they interpreted artefacts from Ancient Egypt to classical antiquity to sixteenth and seventeenth century painting. The exhibition grey time – Fractions of the Museum presents the two paintings in the Collection of Greek and Roman Antiquities. The diptych is complemented by a sculpture from the grey time series and photographs by Barbara Herbst.


Toni Schmale at Christine König Galerie | Schleifmühlgasse 1A, 1040

 

Surface precision, veneration and submission to the material as well as physicality are constants yet also parameters of change in the new works by Toni Schmale (b. 1980 in Hamburg, lives and works in Vienna) at Christine König Galerie. Whereas her sculptures formerly made an offer to the viewer of what can be done with them, now, as a substitute for this, an action occurs. In the dialogue between the artist and the hard materials – often unyielding yet always with the hope of coercion – scarcely any trace of this dialogue is left behind on the works. The bent pipes, kinked slabs and balancing concrete blocks conceal their own, inner function – an own will – by means of the grinding, polishing, burnishing and sandblasting and their interdependent manner of construction.


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