Vienna Contemporary 2016

Austria’s leading contemporary art fair presents emerging talent, highlighting collaborative new work from around Central Europe

Showcasing both new and established artists from a variety of international galleries, Vienna Contemporary seeks to send a strong message of artistic collaboration and cultural coexistence to the world, with Austria and the Central European region at its epicenter. With inclusion at its core, the fair’s ambitious scope of over 100 participating galleries promises to place up-and-coming local artists amongst the likes of eminent Vienna Actionists Hermann Nitsch, Rudolf Schwarzkogler and Otto Muehl, as well as high-end stars such as Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Marina Abramovic. 

on display
© Franz West, Abendrot

Although predominantly a trade fair, the event boasts an eclectic program of discussions and presentations. This year’s emphasis will be on Eastern European art, with a focus on the growth, identity and rich history of the former Bloc’s rapidly expanding art scene. The discussion will be led by Albanian curator and writer Adela Demetja, celebrated for her innovative use of a Cold War atomic bunker for contemporary exhibitions.

On a more personal level, Julien Robson, curator of Juvenile In Justice, will discuss the “artist as subject” in the Collectors Forum. Exploring a world of habitual selfies and ever-increasing digital public exposure, he will probe the postmodernist deviation from classical mediums in favour of digital versatility along with Isabelle and Jean-Conrad Lemaître, best known for their impressive video art collection. 

Aside from the inspirational ambiance of leading talent, Vienna Contemporary also offers fair attendees an interactive open studio of “uninhibited painting” for all generations and abilities as well as a selection of bespoke educational programs for kids from MINI MAK and mumok Kinderclub.

Renowned for its impeccable spaciousness and lighting,  the 19th century former livestock hall Marx Halle provides the perfect setting for artistic director Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt’s vision of putting “Vienna firmly on the map of the international art market” in the most diverse program to date.

Sep 22–25, Marx Halle. viennacontemporary.at

Genevieve Doyle
Genevieve Doyle is writing for METROPOLE on her summer off from reading English Literature at The University of Cambridge. When she isn’t attending fairs to buy and source beautiful antiques and textiles, she likes painting murals and walking her very large Irish deerhound.

Help us help you

“Strong media and independent journalism are built on the shoulders of subscribers. Your support means the world to us.

Benjamin Wolf
COO & Managing Editor

The coronavirus outbreak affects and challenges your life in big and small ways. Metropole is here for you and we are proud to be your news source during this crisis.

But just as the coronavirus has increased the need for independent journalism, it has also undercut a major revenue source of media companies, ours included – advertising.

We need your support to keep it up – donate or subscribe and #helpushelpyou!

Support Metropole!


 

RECENT Articles

Enforcement of Mask Rules by U-Bahn Security Triggers Accusations of Racism

A routine intervention by Wiener Linien staff escalated into alleged use of excessive force; feelings run high while body-cam evidence may prove critical.

How Coronavirus Is Affecting Austria’s Neighbors

Here’s how European countries are managing the second wave of COVID-19 – including statistics, measures and an analysis of the current situation.

Coronavirus in Austria & Vienna | Second Lockdown Sweeps Across Europe

The coronavirus has arrived in Austria. Here’s all you need to know about current measures, including where to get help, information and tips – updated regularly.

Metropole’s 10 Films to Watch At the Viennale 2020

Austria’s premier film festival enters the pandemic age with extra screens and a great selection of world cinema.

Hold the Line

With cases skyrocketing again in Europe, it is time to remember the advice a public health expert gave us in April: The virus is unforgiving to unwise choices.

Facing the Closed-Door Topic of Migrants and Sexual Assault

While most crime is down, alarming increases in violence against women, often by recent migrants, increases the pressure on efforts to support successful integration.
 

METROPOLE NEWSLETTER

Join over 5,000 Metropolitans, who already get monthly news updates and event invitations.

X
X
X