viennacontemporary, Marx Halle Vienna

Austria’s leading international art fair viennacontemporary will take place at its new home, Marx Halle Vienna, from 24 until 27 September. This year’s event welcomes 99 galleries from 25 countries, as well as a series of national and international art institutions, and a comprehensive talks programme. With each new edition viennacontemporary offers a chance for visitors to enhance their knowledge of contemporary art practices, and to discover a selection of today’s most relevant and promising art collections.

Participating galleries include Galerie Meyer Kainer, Vienna, Institute of Contemporary Art-Sofia, Galerie Caroline Smulders, Paris, Galerie Michael Schultz, Berlin, and many more. Set within the newly adapted surroundings of Marx Halle Vienna’s historic wrought iron construction, this edition promotes the involvement of emerging and established galleries from Western and Eastern Europe. Among the 25 new-comers this year are Martin Asbæk Gallery, Copenhagen, Richard Saltoun, London, Hammelehle und Ahrens, Cologne, and Yay Gallery, Baku. Furthermore, the Austrian gallery scene will be participating with key representatives, most notably Thaddaeus Ropac and Galerie Krinzinger.

As part of its talks programme, the art fair will host a series of sessions entitled Keys to Contemporary Art. Co-curated by Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt, Artistic Director at viennacontemporary, Nicolaus Schafhausen, Director at Kunsthalle Wien, and Vanessa Joan Müller, Head of Dramaturgy at Kunsthalle Wien, this series will address 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. In addition, 20four7 – Contemporary Collecting will offer insights by international collectors into their strategies of acquiring and presenting their collections.

Joining the fair’s distinct curatorial category, Reflections, will be 37 presentations specially conceived for viennacontemporary by an array of organisations such as Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp; Raster, Warsaw; Ani Molnár Gallery, Budapest and KOW, Berlin.

viennacontemporary, 24 – 27 September, Marx Halle Vienna, Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19 A-1030 Vienna.

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1. Marina Abramovic, Artist Portrait with a Rose, 2013, copyright Marina Abramovic. Courtesy Marina Abramovic Archives, Galerie Krinzinger Vienna.