From 14 to 20 November 2016, Vienna Art Week has happened, guided by the motto of Seeking Beauty. Exhibitions, performances, interventions and discussions explored the question of how beauty is perceived today in all its diversity and contradictions, opening new aesthetic, philosophical and socio- political perspectives in the process.
With some 200 events from around 100 program partners, Vienna was all about art during Vienna Art Week. From the start, the festival has been a crowd puller for professional art audiences and the general public alike, with last year’s edition drawing some 35,000 visitors from Austria and abroad.
Popular and highly successful Vienna Art Week formats from past years were back in 2016, including Open Studio Day: on Saturday, 19 November, some 70 studios have opened their doors to the public. A number of studio visit tours have taken visitors to (partly unknown) spots in the city’s lively art scene, with curator talks and other supporting events to round out the day.
Vienna Art Week 2016 was once again promoting exchange between the Austrian and international art scenes. The thriving Curators‘ Picks format brought to Vienna international curators such as Julia Peyton-Jones (from the Serpentine Galleries in London) and others with the intention of reinforcing the dialogue across borders.
Moreover major Vienna exhibition venues, art spaces, galleries and independent artist-run spaces had a varied program in store, with highlights including a panel discussion with directors of renowned Viennese art institutions on the importance of their houses for the city’s creative development.
“With our eclectic calendar of art events, Vienna Art Week speaks to professional audiences and casual art enthusiasts alike. The mix of top-class programs covering everything from the Baroque to the contemporary and experimental give Vienna Art Week a distinct atmosphere all its own.” – Martin Böhm, initiator of the Art Week and President of Art Cluster Vienna