“Fired But Unexploded” – An Interview With The Hungarian Artist Zsolt Asztalos
Hungary / Places

“Fired But Unexploded” – An Interview With The Hungarian Artist Zsolt Asztalos

To give an insight into the Hungarian art scene I think it’s good to introduce you to the artist who is going to represent the country at one of the most significant events in the art world, at the Venice Biennale. I met with Zsolt Asztalos in a book shop’s cafe close to Budapest’s recently renamed, … Continue reading

Don’t Call It Offspace! – Alexandra Grausam From “Das Weisse Haus”
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Don’t Call It Offspace! – Alexandra Grausam From “Das Weisse Haus”

Another great woman of Vienna’s art scene! Alexandra Grausam likes the idea of alternative art spaces, but as one of the founders of Das Weisse Haus (The White House) she doesn’t want to use the term “offspace”. Das Weisse Haus is an institution. But more than that, it’s young, fresh, and it  has definitely become an important … Continue reading

From Russia With Love: The Homestory …
Places / Russia

From Russia With Love: The Homestory …

Home exhibitions have a long tradition in Moscow. In the Soviet time the artistic underground was shown in this format. As underground art was forbidden there was no other possibility for presenting the artworks. And now after some time home exhibitions are appearing again – last week, for example: Alina Gutkina and Anastasia Potemkina, two great Moscow … Continue reading

Bavaria – Istanbul: An Interview With Turkish Artist Irem Tok
Places / Turkey

Bavaria – Istanbul: An Interview With Turkish Artist Irem Tok

“Urban life makes us forget our real needs” (Irem Tok, *1982) What a contrast! Bavaria and Istanbul! Leaving the chaotic urban life of Istanbul and spending some peaceful time as an artist-in-residence in Bavarian Feldafing, a small village with a picturesque view over Lake Starnberg (close to Munich), Turkish artist Irem Tok had the chance … Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Generali Foundation! We Met Director Sabine Folie …
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Happy Birthday, Generali Foundation! We Met Director Sabine Folie …

This year the Generali Foundation celebrates its 25th anniversary! Congratulations from The New Contemporary Blog Team. What makes contemporary art so popular? Primarily its visual power. Hence, it is not so common that a corporate foundation focuses on a niche, as it can be seen as an intentional counterpart to the mainstream. Conceptual art and … Continue reading

The Workers’ Club – Open Studio In A Moscow Office Space
Places / Russia

The Workers’ Club – Open Studio In A Moscow Office Space

How nice it can be to watch other people work during the weekend! This is meant neither ironically nor offendingly! The company “Dream Industries” moved out of their office building and invited artists to move in for a two-day social media art project, as long as the most important equipment such as computers, the coffee … Continue reading

“A Triennial In Vienna Makes Sense” – MAK Director Thun-Hohenstein
People / Places

“A Triennial In Vienna Makes Sense” – MAK Director Thun-Hohenstein

Christoph Thun-Hohenstein is without question a big player in the Austrian art scene. From 1999 to 2007 he was well known as director of the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York. Later he came back to Austria to push the local creative industry as director of departure – the creative agency of Vienna. Since 2011 … Continue reading