Vienna Contemporary: Artists to watch at the fair and in the future

Vienna Contemporary is back with loads of great art and even more young galleries and artists that you should keep an eye on in the near future. For general information about VC please head over to my fair report from 2016. This year Vienna Contemporary, located at Marx Halle, opened with 118 galleries and institutions from 27 different countries, presenting works by more than 400 artists. Because of this density it’s rather challenging to choose artists. 

Highlights not to be missed at Parallel Vienna 2018

The aim of Parallel Vienna is to present young and emerging artists, side by side, bringing together artistic initiatives of all kind. Furthermore, Parallel wishes to give equal space to both Austrian and international artists / galleries, fostering a platform of exchange. 

W&K Gallery: From European modernism to Austrian contemporary art

The Baroque State rooms of the Palais Schönborn-Batthyány, built in the 17th century are deemed for the presentation of museum exhibitions. From 25 May until 14 September, W&K is presenting selected works by the Austrian artist Walter Vopava in the baroque Palais Schönborn-Batthyany. The installation is evoking an interesting and harmonic interplay of abstract paintings and baroque state rooms.

Heidi Horten: Private modernist collection goes public

The exhibition “WOW! The Heidi Horten Collection” is the first public unveiling of one of Europe’s most sensational private art collections. The exhibition fulfills the collector’s long-cherished wish to make the masterpieces she has carefully assembled since the 1990s, spanning from Gustav Klimt to Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst, available to a broad audience.

Keith Haring: The street artist as political activist

Keith Haring’s art gets very often associated with rather amusing or humorous illustrations. But if you dare to take a closer look, you may as well find some rather negative, sometimes even frightening symbols of topics such as violence, hate and power structures. Haring himself conceived his artistic practice as a political statement in the public realm of New York.

Madame Rubinstein: A female mission of beauty, style and art

Madame Rubinstein was known throughout the world as a collector, friend and patroness of the arts. Since her Paris days (1930s), Rubinstein had been collecting contemporary art, as well as African sculptures, which were exhibited in 1935 at MoMA. The salons were embellished with works by Brancusi, de Chirico, Laurencin, Marcoussis, Modigliani and Nadelman, among others.

Questioning cultural identity at the Weltmuseum Wien

Lisl Ponger has long explored the constructed nature of (cultural) identity, our—often stereotypical— ideas and images of “the other” and the associated questions of visual representation. Her works frequently engage with the academic disciplines of ethnology and anthropology, whose methods and politics become manifest in the collection and exhibition practices of ethnographic museums.

Behind the scenes: Rubens in Vienna

While any usual visitor is mot able to see how much work and preparation lies behind a big exhibition, I have been experiencing the organization very closely. Altogether the exhibition process took around two years, which results an intensive working time. Not only the curator herself was placing high expectations in the show – Indeed the show is being very successful, so far.

Raphael: A retrospective in Vienna

The Albertina Museum is paying tribute to Raphael with a major exhibition of 150 paintings and drawings. Starting from the Museum’s own significant holdings and rounded out by the most impressive and important drawings from famous museums such as the Uffizi, the Royal Collection of the British Royal Family, the British Museum, the Louvre, the Vatican Museums, and the Ashmolean Museum, this monographic presentation places Raphael’s thinking and conceptual process front and center.

Curator’s talk with Marlies Wirth

“It is very important to have a strong focus on the new generation of emerging artists based in the city – with 10 positions selected by different curators each year ZONE1 gives visitors and collectors an insight into the current scene and the most recent works of artists under 40.”

Contemporary gallery talk in Vienna

Mr. Mauroner tells: “As a gallery owner you really have to be courageous and show something that nobody else is showing. You have to be brave enough to display different and even provocative artworks, if you want to be successful.”

Finest vintage boutique in Vienna

Burggasse 24 is the vintage shop “par excellence”, the melting pot of old and modern urban style. The large rooms, fancy smell and high-quality products will make you fall in love with this vintage boutique.