Preview: Parallel Vienna art fair

PARALELL VIENNA is a satellite fair and curated exhibition that remains true to its principle of using abandoned property in the city centre as a presentation platform for contemporary art. It’s taking place for the forth time in Vienna simultaneously to the “Viennacontemporary” art fair. This year’s fair takes place from 21st to 25th September at the „Alte Post“ (old post office) building.

Parallel Vienna chooses galleries, artists and curators and additionally invites project spaces which fit into the overall concept. That pools the urban forces of contemporary art production and offers an insight into different scenes, communities and areas of Vienna.

“The goal is to place more of the Austrian art production in an international context, where more potential for contemporary artists exists. On one hand, young artists miss galleries and on the other hand there’s not enough space for young positions. This is a deficit that Parallel Vienna wants to point out and to once again efficiently counteract with high artistic standards”, says Stefan Bidner, artistic director of the fair.

Parallel Vienna presents young and aspiring as well as established artistic works and collects art initiatives of every kind – art associations, galleries, project spaces, curated project spaces and artist spaces – all under one roof.

Additionally, in cooperation with the Austrian Federal Chancellery, 10 independent international curators from Croatia, Denmark, Albania, Lithuania, Romania, Greece, Georgia, Germany and USA are invited to curate their own rooms.

Every afternoon and evening at the fair there’ll be artist talks, panels and performances – the full program can be found here.

What Atelier Judith says: “Visiting this art fair was really inspiring for me as I had the chance to talk with the artists and curators personally. I also loved meeting young designers and art students and taking photos of the abandoned location. You should discover this building as it will sadly be pulled down very soon.”

Adress: Alte Post, Dominikanerbastei 11, 1010 Vienna (Underground: U1 “Schwedenplatz”, U4 “Landstraße” or U3 “Stubentor”)

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