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viennacontemporary2018 | Program & Special Presentations

In 2018, viennacontemporary again offers an extensive program with special exhibitions of young and established artists in the special programs ZONE1 and Explorations, and a special show Focus: Armenia that offers a glimpse of the Armenian realities in the rethinking of six contemporary artists. This presentation is the very first overview of Armenian contemporary art at an international art fair. Evolved from Cinema, the program Living image uses Augmented Reality technology to feature artistic films surrounding the topic of music.

With the Artproof residency and production grant for photography and the Q21 Artist-in-Residence program prize, viennacontemporary supports video and photo artists, and with the BILDRECHT SOLO AWARD solo presentations at the fair are being awarded.

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Special Presentations 2018


ZONE1: Solo presentations of young Austrian artists | Curator: Victoria Dejaco

ZONE1 presents artists under the age of 40 who are born, educated or living and working in Austria. Curated by Victoria Dejaco, the 2018 edition showcases artists with the ability to look closer at the stories of everyday life, political situations, materials and the “conditio humana” (human condition). The way they unpack the world in their practice, express themselves, treat their subjects or dive into topics makes them heralds of their time with each approach differing widely from the other. Anne Speier’s (Galerie Meyer Kainer) alienating figures, which fluctuate between the 2D and 3D, draw the viewer into a parallel universe in its own right. Nana Mandl (Galerie Lisa Kandlhofer) is a crossover between a contemporary Fluxus and post-internet artist. Philip Patkowitsch (bechter kastowsky galerie) lays bare all work processes and stages of his drawings and prints. Simon Iurino (418GALLERY) often finds materials with intriguing characteristics and brings the essence of their raw aesthetics to life. James Lewis (Galerie Hubert Winter) is a neo-materialist who dives into forgotten narratives, legends, and histories, thus creating peculiar forms that are inseparable from their titles. Charlotte Klobassa (Zeller van Almsick) explores ever new identities and moods by copying anonymous strokes and combining them into a new formal language. Julian Palacz’s (SCAG) works deal with the aesthetics of data and traces of information we leave behind digitally and physically. Sasha Auerbakh (: BARIL) has a painterly approach With the kind support of the Austrian Federal Chancellery.

Explorations | Curatorial Adviser: Nadim Samman

The new Explorations section presents curated booth presentations by featured galleries. It unites a wide spectrum of artistic practices concentrating on both excellent quality and advanced approaches. The section is overseen by Berlin-based curatorial adviser Nadim Samman, whose fresh take on art has taken him to numerous international exhibitions and biennales. Explorations showcases vital positions from throughout Western, Central, and Eastern Europe – bringing together both emerging and senior artists. The presentations reflect the unsettled mood of 2018: from Philip Aguirre’s (BE) meditations on the refugee crisis, and David Krňanský (CZ) and Alex Urban’s (PL) painterly exploration of “the collapse of all systems”, to Kaja Redkie’s (PL) excursus on black, and the ludic-macabre sculptures of Maen Florin (NL) and Michaël Dans (BE). Exploring conceptual genealogies  2 of the present, Luchezar Boyadjiev (HU) conjures the historical specters of Marxism, Christianity, and more, while Budapest’s acb gallery showcases the neo-utopian artistic agendas around the influential Pecs Workshop – István Gellér, Károly Hopp-Halász, and Sándor Pinczehelyi (all HU) –.. More open meditations on language and objecthood play out on canvases by Robert Maciejuk (PL), Irmina Staś (PL), and Paweł Matyszewski (PL), at Warsaw’s Le Guern, and in Christof Mascher’s (DE) suggestive not-history paintings. Come to your own conclusions about all of this at the open bar by Vienna’s Croy Nielsen, transported from their gallery space.

Focus: Armenia | DREAMING ALIVE | Curator: Sona Stepanyan | Organizer: Armenia Art Foundation

This year, Armenia will be a focus country at viennacontemporary 2018, which is the first overview of Armenian contemporary art at an international art fair. The artists exhibited include: Ayreen Anastas & Rene Gabri, Mher Azatyan, Arman Grigoryan, Piruza Khalapyan, Rebecca Topakian, Mika Vatinyan.

The velvet revolution of love and solidarity, which took place in May 2018, directed the world’s attention to Armenia, a former republic of the Soviet Union in the South Caucasus. This unprecedented case in the history of the young state has questioned the boundaries of professional identity, uniting citizens online and offline, breaking down the distance between the center and the periphery, and erasing the barriers between the artistic and the non-artistic. Artists – the permanent and invisible fighters against authoritarian regimes since the late 80s – came closer to their dream and thus found themselves in a transitional reality, whose discursive boundaries cannot yet be clearly defined. The turning point that we are witnessing now opens the way to a new system of inclusive and effective institutions and equal opportunities. Dreaming Alive tells about the discourse of the latest three decades of Armenian contemporary art through catalogs and interviews gathered in the mediatheque zone. It sets today’s current art map and offers a glimpse of the Armenian realities in the rethinking of six contemporary artists.

Sona Stepanyan is a curator at Armenia Art Foundation (Yerevan) and co-founder and member of the curatorial studio Triangle (Moscow). Previously she worked at the education department of Garage Museum of Contemporary Art. Stepanyan graduated from Svobodnie Masterskie curatorial school, the Critics and Curatorship program of UNIC Institute, and State Moscow Pedagogical University.

Armenia Art Foundation (AAF) is an independent non-profit organization aiming to support the development of contemporary art in Armenia. Based in Yerevan, it was established in 2016 by art historian and museum specialist Anush Zeynalyan as well as David Nazaryan and Rafael Nazaryan, both businessmen of Armenian origin.


Special Exhibitions 2018


Corporate Collection | Art Collection Deutsche Telekom | Curators: Nathalie Hoyos, Rainald Schumacher

Since 2010, the Art Collection Deutsche Telekom has been focusing on contemporary art from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Parts of the collection have already been already exhibited in Berlin, Bucharest, Warsaw, and Zagreb. At viennacontemporary, works by four female artists – Aneta Grzeszykowska (PL), Maria Kulikovska (UA), Sanja Iveković (HR), and Šejla Kamerić (BIH) – are presented. In addition, visitors can take a virtual tour using VR technology and “walk” through the exhibition “I Am The Mouth” that took place at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb at the beginning of 2018.

tranzit.sk presents the Nadikhuno muzeumos | Curators: Judit Angel, Oto Hudec

Nadikhuno muzeumos / The Invisible Museum is a project organized by tranzit.sk in cooperation with ERSTE Foundation, and initiated by the artist Oto Hudec (SK). It features his vision of a Roma culture museum, as well as the works of Robert Gabris (SK), Daniela Krajčová (SK), Emília Rigová (SK), and Marcela Hadová (SK), together with Marka romňakero gendalos, which reflect on Roma history, cultural representation and problematize established stereotypes. In a condensed form, these works strive to broaden the view of Roma history, culture, and contemporary art.


Film and video presentation 2018


Living image | Curator: Daniela Hahn

Evolved from Cinema, the program Living image will feature artistic films surrounding the topic of music, in reference to the theme of the current mumok exhibition Doppelleben. Bildende Künstler_innen machen Musik [Double Lives. Visual Artists Making Music]. The project is curated by Daniela Hahn (mumok) and will be showcasing video works or films featuring visual artists who have written, performed, produced music, or have participated in band projects. The selection will include works by artists from participating galleries and from the exhibition Doppelleben. The special program Living Image will be installed nat the entrance area of the fair, where printed stills of the selected films will be exhibited on a wall. When scanned with a mobile device (iPhone, smartphone or iPad), the images will come to life – visitors can watch the whole video on their device. In order to watch the films, visitors will need to download and install the Artivive App (guideline, wifi, and project description will be available on the spot). In cooperation with Artivive, mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien. With the kind support of the Austrian Federal Chancellery.


Prizes 2018


Q21 viennacontemporary Artist-in-Residence program

As part of the international art fair viennacontemporary 2018, the one-month Q21 viennacontemporary Artist-in-Residence program, during which an artist can work and live in a studio on the premises of the MuseumsQuartier Wien, will be awarded in cooperation with the magazine EIKON. The Q21 viennacontemporary Artist-in-Residence program will be awarded in the category of artistic photography and media art. Galleries exhibiting at viennacontemporary have the opportunity to nominate one international artist each. The prize allows an artist to spend one month in 2019 in one of the 9 studios in the MQ complex, and additional 1.050 euros will be paid to the artist chosen by the jury.

The Artproof production grant and residency for photography

Artproof is an international art printing laboratory with locations in Tallinn, Stockholm, and Berlin. The enterprise stages more than 60 exhibitions a year for artists worldwide. At the Artproof photo-print laboratory, artists can realize their visions in exactly the way they want to. In order to support young artists working with the medium of photography, Artproof has so far awarded production grants in Estonia (since 2012), Finland (since 2014), Germany (since 2016), Sweden (since 2017), London (since 2017), and Vienna at viennacontemporary (since 2016). The grant includes 5.000 euros worth of printing and framing services. In addition, a one-week residency in Tallinn, Estonia, including flights and accommodation, will be provided, so that the winner can oversee the production process. The exhibition produced using the Artproof Grant will be delivered to the artist’s studio or gallery within the limits of EU complimentary. Previous winners of the Artproof grant at viennacontemporary were Ulrike Königshofer (Galerie Reinthaler, Vienna) in 2016 and Anu Vahtra (Chimera-Project Gallery, Budapest) in 2017. In 2018, a top-class jury consisting of Reinhard Braun, Artistic Director and Publisher of Camera Austria, Susanne Neuburger, Head of Collection at mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, and Krister Rekkaro, Export Sales Manager and Partner, Artproof, Berlin, will again choose a winner among the participating artists.

viennacontemporary | BILDRECHT SOLO AWARD

Debuted in 2018, the viennacontemporary | BILDRECHT SOLO AWARD is an annual art prize by Bildrecht. By involving an independent jury consisting of renowned art world professionals, the award seeks to broaden the winners’ visibility and to expand their standing within the art market. In addition, viennacontemporary | BILDRECHT SOLO AWARD honors galleries for taking the risk of solo presenting one artist in the context of viennacontemporary art fair. Under this award, the winning artist and the representing gallery each receive 2.000 euros.