Exhibition view "On the new. Viennese Scenes and Beyond – Part 2", Photo: Galerie Martin Janda
What is going on in local art scenes, studios, and alternative exhibition spaces? And how can one exhibition capture the diversity of the production and presentation of art?
Belvedere 21 already explored these questions with the 2019 show On the New. Young Scenes in Vienna, developing a dynamic, collaborative format that involved multiple contributors and a shared curatorial authorship. In addition to presenting eighteen individual artistic positions, twelve Viennese project spaces hosted rotating exhibitions within the show, each kicked off with a ‘midissage’ (midway opening) complemented by discursive events and performances.
In 2023, On the New. Viennese Scenes and Beyond picks up this thread and expands on the original concept. In order to provide a broader view of contemporary approaches, strategies, and discourses, the survey now also includes artists and project spaces from other parts of Austria. In an expanded [...]
Hugo Canoilas, Belvedere, 2023, Photo: Iris Ranzinger
Through itsCLOSE/D project, Kunst Haus Wien has chosen to enter into a dialogue with its neighbourhood and the city as a whole. Twelve artistic interventions in the public space feature ecological perspectives on the present and the future. A free programme of events invites visitors to participate in and around the TRÖSCH III Community Centre.
Over a period of four months, the Museum will be taking a broader look at its immediate surroundings and its social environment through an outdoor exhibition, adopting a neighbourly approach in the process: twelve artistic positions will feature in the public space, opening up diverse ecological perspectives on the present and the future. The invited artists will engage in a dialogue with the Earth and the atmosphere, with the flora and fauna, the Danube Canal, the urban infrastructure and architecture, and with neighbours, [...]
Orange County Museum of Art, Costa Mesa, USA, 23.06.–22.10.2023
Yu Ji, Flesh in Stone #1, 2012, Cement and iron, Courtesy the artist
How are our bodies impacted by changes in the environment around us? This question is at the core of Chinese artist Yu Ji’s sculptural and installation-based practice. Yet, rather than focusing explicitly on the tensions that often underlie this relationship, Yu Ji (b. 1985, Shanghai, China) asks us to re-examine the ties between our bodies and the built environment, offering the possibility that these connections are transformative. In her first US museum solo exhibition, A Guest, A Host, A Ghost, OCMA presents the first ten works in her ongoing series Flesh in Stone (2012–ongoing), where different-sized cement casts of the human body are presented in fragments, as parts of a larger whole. Alongside these intimate cement works, the exhibition includes three of her Refined Still Life lithographs (all 2020)—ghostly, fugitive images of landscapes printed onto curved plates of stainless steel. Fragmented and [...]
Vasarely Museum, Budapest, Hungary, 10.06.–27.08.2023
Adriana Czernin, Tennantit IV, 2023, acrylic, watercolour, pencil, coloured pencil and gouache on paper, 90 x 90 cm
The exhibition, presenting a selection of works by twelve Bulgarian artists, born between 1933 and 1989, gives us the opportunity to explore a complete new terra incognita. When it comes to geometric art, Bulgaria is one of the few European countries without an established tradition in this aesthetic field. Since 2010, nonsofia has been creating social awareness of it by organising exhibitions, symposia, open lectures, film screenings and workshops for children. Through these activities, nonsofia aims to consolidate a local art community and bring Bulgaria onto the world map of geometric abstraction.
In 2018, a historic breakthrough took place. The first edition of export: bulgaria was held at IKKP – Kunsthaus Rehau at the invitation of Eugen Gomringer, the father of concrete poetry. That same year, Dóra Maurer initiated talks to showcase the Bulgarian geometric selection at Vasarely Museum. Here is how this show came about [...]
Nilbar Güreş, YABANCI / STRANGER, 2006, single channel video, 12:00 min (each video 03:00), loop
The exhibition Body and Territory is based on a curatorial exchange programme between Muzej suvremene umjetnosti (MSU) Zagreb and Kunsthaus Graz. Delayed by the pandemic and postponed several times as a result, Body and Territory:Art and Borders in Today’s Austria opened at MSU Zagreb in early December 2022. The exhibition brings together more than 30 positions and around 100 works that demonstrate – according to the theory of curators Jasna Jakšić and Radmila Iva Janković – two prevailing tendencies that continue to shape contemporary art in Austria today: radical performance and feminist legacy giving a voice to those who are silenced: women, queer people, migrants, refugees.
The historical works in the show illustrate how the vulnerability of the body, which emerged as a dominant theme in Austrian art at the beginning of the 20th century, [...]