Art Fair. 99 galleries from 25 countries, ranging from Austria to East and West, will present their artists at Vienna's most important international art fair. The number of galleries from CEE is unique worldwide, this year's focus will be on Bulgaria.
From 24 to 27 September 2015, Marx Halle will host the international art fair viennacontemporary for the
first time. Boosting 99 participating galleries from 25 countries, an additional 20% of international collectors,
national as well as international art institutions and a comprehensive complementary program,
viennacontemporary presents itself stronger than ever.
The talks program of viennacontemporary
With its complementary program, viennacontemporary offers a chance for all interested fair visitors to enhance their knowledge about contemporary art and to find out more about the most relevant international art collections. From 24 to 27 September, the series Keys to Contemporary Art, co-curated by Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt, artistic director viennacontemporary, Nicolaus Schafhausen, director Kunsthalle Wien, and Vanessa Joan Müller, head of Dramaturgy at Kunsthalle Wien, addresses topics such as: the rediscovery of avant-garde movements in Eastern Europe, the influence of contemporary socio-critical art and the performative strategies of current art production, which are gradually becoming more and more important, to the concepts of interpretation of contemporary art at museums and art spaces. In addition, daily at 2:00pm, 20four7 – Contemporary Collecting will offer insights by international collectors into their strategies of acquiring art as well as the presentation of their collections. Subject to change.
New galleries and presentation formats at Marx Halle Vienna
With its historic wrought iron construction, newly adapted Marx Halle Vienna offers a spectacular atmosphere for contemporary art. In addition, art lovers may look forward to exploring up-and-coming, exciting galleries from Western Europe as well as from the focus region CEE. 25 out of the 99 participating galleries will come to Vienna for the first time, among them Martin Asbæk Gallery/Copenhagen Richard Saltoun/London, which will – together with other new galleries such as Hammelehle und Ahrens/Cologne, Caroline Smulders/Paris, Triangle and Iragui/Moscow, Yay Gallery/Baku or EASTWARD PROSPECTUS/Bucharest – highlight the international relevance of viennacontemporary. The Austrian gallery scene will be participating with its most important representatives, in particular Thaddeus Ropac, who after a break has once again opted for a fair participation in Vienna. This year, all of Vienna's most significant galleries will take part in viennacontemporary – another sign of the high level of trust put in the new venue and the new fair team. The presentation category Reflections, a format with which viennacontemporary intends to underline the curatorial aspect of gallery work, has attracted a lot of galleries. There will be 37 presentations on display that have been specially conceived for viennacontemporary such as, for example, presentations by galleries Geukens & De Vil/Antwerp and Knokke, Boccanera/Trento, :Baril/Cluj-Napoca, Raster/Warsaw, Ani Molnár Gallery/Budapest and KOW/Berlin.
After the focus countries Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine and Belarus (2012), Georgia and Poland (2013) and Azerbaijan (2014), viennacontemporary is taking a look at Bulgaria in 2015 with Focus Bulgaria. Upon the initiative of Vesselina Sarieva and Katrin Sarieva, founders of the Open Arts Foundation and Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv in cooperation with Iara Boubnova, curator, art critic, founding member and director of the Institute of Contemporary Art-Sofia and Vessela Nozharova, curator of the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation, this year, Focus Bulgaria will present a representative selection of contemporary Bulgarian art from private collections and major Bulgarian galleries.
Christina Werner - w.hoch.2wei. Kulturelles Project Management Breitegasse
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Preview & Vernissage: Wednesday, 23.09.2015
Marx Halle, booth A16-B15
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19 A-1030 Vienna
Thursday, 24. September 2015: 11 am–7 pm
Friday, 25. September 2015: 11 am–7 pm
Saturday, 26. September 2015: 11 am–7 pm
Sunday: 27. September 2015: 11 am–6 pm