VIENNA. From 21 to 24 September 2017 ca. 100 galleries and institutions from 26 countries will present their artists and programs in the Marx Halle (Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Vienna). With the special presentations ZONE1, Solo & Sculpture, Focus: Hungary and Nordic Highlights, viennacontemporary underlines its significance not only as a market-place but also as a location for the presentation of young and established artists and for the information on the development of the art scene in the focus countries of the program, announced viennacontemporary.at.
„In the last two years we have created the best preconditions for the continued development of viennacontemporary. With the Marx Halle as location with special flair and a top-quality selection of galleries in 2017 we will be presenting a program that provides an interesting mix of established art both for local art lovers and for international art collectors, including new discoveries particularly with regard to young art and important artistic positions from Eastern Europe,” says Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt, Artistic Director of viennacontemporary, outlining this year’s program of Austria’s most important international art fair.
The accompanying events such as the film and video program as part of Cinema, the talks and discussions in the Talks and the art-education program with the guided tours on selected subjects provides an enjoyable and uncomplicated access to art for all age groups. With its 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, viennacontemporary is one of the emerging international art fairs.
„The city of Vienna is not only an important venue for discussion and education on art and culture, but has in recent years also become a center for new development and progress in Central Europe. With our multifaceted cooperation with partners from culture, business and the creative scene, we want to strengthen this tendency and extend it in the future,” says Dmitry Yu. Aksenov, Chairman of the Board of viennacontemporary, emphasizing the active role of art fair in the networking of Vienna’s cultural and creative scene.
„We see the partnership with viennacontemporary as an interesting complement to our cultural engagement in the countries of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. As one of the leading financial service providers in the CEE region, it is our responsibility to support civil society and cultural development in the region. viennacontemporary is a fitting platform for these aspirations,” explains Peter Bosek, Retail Banking board member, about Erste Group’s decision to once again be a partner of viennacontemporary.
ZONE1: young Austrian artists with solo presentations
ZONE1 has established itself as acclaimed format for the presentation of young artists and this year too offers a series of innovative projects. Marlies Wirth, curator at the MAK - Austrian Museum for Applied Arts / Contemporary Art in Vienna - has selected the program and presents the entire range of young contemporary art production: photography, extended painting and sculpture up to installation and performance will be on show in individual sections at viennacontemporary. As in recent years, the Austrian Federal Chancellery is supporting the participation of young artists from Austria in ZONE1.
Solo & Sculpture: sculpture as this year’s topic
With the presentation of high-quality sculptures by renowned international artists, Solo & Sculpture, curated by Miguel Wandschneider, has a new topic. With ten artistic statements he presents his selection of the most significant and established representatives in the field of sculpture. The solo shows constitute a counterpoint to the art fair’s bustle and leave space for individual experiences and the concentration on fundamental artistic statements.
Rethinking the Hungarian neo-avant-garde:
the rediscovery of artistic positions from the 1960s and 1970s
The special presentation is conceived by three galleries, Budapest acb Gallery, Kisterem and Vintage Gallery. The Hungarian art historian and critic József Mélyi is acting as curator.
This year’s special show is dedicated to the Hungarian neo-avant-garde of the 1960s and 1970s, which even today has hardly been recognized. Starting from the development of the unofficial art scene of the neo-avant-garde in Hungary of the early 1960s, the presentation attempts to raise awareness for the various movements that existed in Hungary at the time. Instead of pointing out linear developments, the artistic roots affecting contemporary art production are to be explored – with the aim of invigorating the discourse on the neo-avant-garde both in Hungary and in Central and Eastern Europe. More – page 2