An international fair for contemporary art, viennacontemporary is coming back to Viennese Marx Halle for its third strong edition. Founded in 2015, the fair has evolved into one of the finest European contemporary art fairs. Taking place at the end of September, viennacontemporary 2017 will present a top-quality selection of galleries and a program that provides an interesting mix of established art both for local art lovers and for international art collectors. Born in the city that serves as an important venue for discussion and education on art and culture, the fair has established an active role in the networking of Vienna’s cultural and creative scene.
This year, viennacontemporary will underline its significance as a location for the presentation of young and established artists with special presentations ZONE1, Solo & Sculpture, and Focus: Hungary and Nordic Highlights, providing relevant information on the development of the art scene in the focus countries of the program. The superb exhibition program will be accompanied by events such as the film and video program, talks and discussions, and the art-education program with guided tours on selected subjects.
For the third edition, viennacontemporary has prepared a comprehensive program and balanced list of exhibitors comprising the most significant galleries from Austria as well as young and established galleries from the western and eastern hemisphere. The selection included new discoveries particularly with regard to young art and important artistic positions from Eastern Europe. The fair will present over 100 galleries and institutions from 26 countries around the globe. Be sure to check out booths by Galerie Ernst Hilger from Vienna, representing the works of artists such as Erró and Mel Ramos, along with exponents of Austrian modernism from the 1960s onward and the main exponents of the most important international art movements of the 20th century; Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer from Vienna, representing emerging and mid career artists; Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac from London, Paris and Salzburg, specialised in international, contemporary art representing around 60 artists and a number of renowned estates; SUPPAN FINE ARTS from Vienna, focusing on international and modern as well as representatives of art after 1945; and PIFO Gallery from Beijing, representing a selection of Chinese and international artists with a core focus on minimalism and abstraction; among others.
As part of their comprehensive program, viennacontemporary has prepared four special presentations. Featuring young Austrian artists with solo presentations, ZONE1 offers a series of innovative projects selected by the curator Marlies Wirth from the MAK – Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna. The program will present the entire range of young contemporary art production including photography, extended painting, sculpture, installation and performance.
Focusing on sculpture as this year’s topic, Solo & Sculpture program curated by Miguel Wandschneider will present high-quality sculptures by renowned international artists. Presenting a selection of the most significant and established representatives in the field of sculpture, the solo show program will constitute a counterpoint to the art fair’s bustle.
Rethinking the Hungarian neo-avant-garde, Focus: Hungary will present the rediscovery of artistic positions from the 1960s and 1970s, specially conceived by three galleries – Budapest acb Gallery, Kisterem and Vintage Gallery. Curated by the Hungarian art historian and critic József Mélyi, this year’s special show will aim to invigorate the discourse on the neo-avant-garde both in Hungary and in Central and Eastern Europe.
As part of the Nordic Highlights: Northern Europe at viennacontemporary, selected galleries from Finland, Denmark, and Sweden will present both international art as well as specific positions of the young and established generations from the rich artistic field of the Nordic countries.
Accompanying the comprehensive exhibition program, viennacontemporary will present an immersive side program. As part of the Cinema program, curator Olaf Stüber presents films and videos of Austrian and international artists that were submitted by the galleries participating in the fair. The program brings together artists’ films and video works exploring the subject of happiness and the search for the little moments of happiness or centering around the failing search for happiness. For the first time at viennacontemporary, as part of the Cinema program, a prize will be awarded in cooperation with mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien. The film of the winner will be presented at the mumok cinema.
The Talks program of the fair will welcome leading representatives of the international art scene who will share their ideas and insights. Curated by Kate Sutton, this year’s theme, Borderline, focuses on the comprehensive changes that European cultural institutions face on a political, social, and cultural level as seen from the perspectives of artists, art historians, international collectors, museum directors, dealers, critics, and curators. The Talks program takes place on Friday, September 22nd, on Saturday, September 23rd, and on Sunday, September 24th, each from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Talks Area.
The fair will also organize guided round tours on special subjects, allowing visitors to further get to know what is on offer at the art fair. Three comprehensively organized one-hour tours - Focus on Central and Eastern Europe, Upcoming Artists and Discoveries and Contemporary Classics - show the broad range of galleries at viennacontemporary and provide the chance to explore the focus programs in more detail.
For the second year in a row at viennacontemporary, the Artproof will award production grant for photography. The grant includes 5,000 euro worth of printing and framing services. In addition, a one-week residency in Tallinn, Estonia, with flights and accommodation will be provided so that the winner can oversee the production process. The winners of the “Artproof Production Grant for Photography” will be announced at the press conference of viennacontemporary on September 20th in the Marx Halle.
Cooperating with departure, the creative center of the Vienna Business Agency and its successful curated by_vienna program, the fair will present the most important Viennese galleries, 21 exhibitions, conceived by international curators, raise the question of the significance of language in contemporary art.
Viennacontemporary will be held at Marx Halle Vienna from September 21st until September 24th, 2017. The vernissage will be held on September 20th, from 5 to 9 p.m. The doors of the fair will be open from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 21st and Friday, September 22nd; and from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m on Saturday, September 23rd and Sunday, September 24th. The price of the Day Ticket is 15 euro (9 euro for students, seniors and Ö1 Club with valid ID), the online price of the Day Ticket will be 9 euro; the price of the After Work Ticket (Thursday and Friday from 3 p.m.) will be 9 euro; and the Vernissage Ticket will be 35 euro. The entrance will be free for children and teenagers under the age of 14 and for students with a valid student ID after 3 p.m. The fair catalog is available online. For more information, visit the official website of the fair.
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