viennacontemporary

Talks 2015

Keys to Contemporary Art
viennacontemporary presents the daily talks program Keys to Contemporary Art, aiming to help understand contemporary art in the global and local context. Artists, art historians, international collectors, museum directors, art critics, and curators will discuss the burning issues of today’s art world between social and political relevance, entertainment and event culture and commercial speculation. A special series of talk is dedicated to this year’s focus of the fair –Bulgarian contemporary art. Keys to Contemporary Art is Co-Curated by Kunsthalle Wien (Nicolaus Schafhausen, Vanessa Joan Müller).

 

20four7 – Contemporary Collecting
20four7 – Contemporary Collecting is a series of talks that take place daily at viennacontemporary, dealing with the subject of collecting art in the context of a globalized art scene that propagates new and current art 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The series of intimate conversations with some of the most outstanding collectors of today’s contemporary art scene will focus on their personal enthusiasm and vision for collecting. The series of talks intends to highlight individual models of building up a collection and different concepts of working with a collection by giving something back to the public. The series 20four7 – Contemporary Collecting is curated by Rainald Schumacher and is now in its 3rd edition at viennacontemporary.

 

Focus Bulgaria: Objects Moving Minds in Space (C16/C24)
daily at 12:00 3:00 pm
Focus Bulgaria at viennacontemporary is the first large-scale presentation of Bulgarian contemporary art at an international art fair. Besides the thematic exhibition Variofocus – ARTISTS and panel discussions, Dessislava Dimova organizes a series of talks with Bulgarian artists. Within the space of Focus Bulgaria, daily conversations with artists represented at viennacontemporary will take place. Participants include Luchezar Boyadjiev, Voin de Voin, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Lazar Lyutakov, Kamen Stoyanov and others…

Thursday, 24 September 2015

2:00 – 3:00 pm
20four7
Contemporary Collecting
Romania: Art Encounters: Timişoara/Arad
Rainald Schumacher
in conversation with:
Ovidiu Sandor – Collector, Founder and President Art Encounters Foundation – Timişoara, RO
Nathalie Hoyos – Curator, Art Encounters, Berlin, DE
Besides Poland, Romania is among the few former Eastern Bloc countries with an art scene of international reputation. A relatively high number of Romanian galleries regularly exhibits contemporary art, fostering the young and established art scene and representing artists at international fairs. However, the situation remains extremely difficult for individual artists. There are only few subsidies by public institutions, and only a handful of collectors focus on Romanian art. Ovidiu Sandor, one of these very active private collectors, has founded the Art Encounters Foundation, organizing a regular exhibition on the status quo of Romanian art in the international discourse, Art Encounters, which will take place for the first time this October in both Timişoara and Arad.

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Keys to Contemporary Art
How Does the Art World React to Challenges and Changes in Society?
chaired by: Vanessa Joan Müller – Head of Dramaturgy Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna
Bassam El Baroni – Independent Curator and Art Critic, Alexandria, EG
Séamus Kealy – Director Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg
Catrin Lorch – Art Critic Süddeutsche Zeitung, Munich, DE
Contemporary Art is often understood as a mirror of the society it arises from, as a critical commentary or an analysis through aesthetics. Currently, our world is changing at a pace that does not leave much room for long-term reflection. Even the art world itself is undergoing changes to an extent that forces curators and other protagonists to question their own position. The speakers will discuss the challenges of our time and how and if the art world can react to them.

5:00 6:00 pm
Keys to Contemporary Art
Contemporary Art Futures: Redefining the Role of Applied Art Museums
chaired by: Julien Robson –Independent Curator, NYC, US
Aldy Milliken – Director Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft in Louisville, US
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein – Director MAK, Vienna
Gradually more and more artists choose a cross-disciplinary approach. The museums of applied art are, thus, faced with new questions concerning the presentation of collections and the role of artisanry in contemporary art. The speakers discuss the new permeability between fine and applied art.

 

Friday, 25 September 2015

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Keys to Contemporary Art
Corporate Collections
supported by Gazprombank and Sotheby’s
chaired by: Mario Codognato – Curatorial Director, 21er Haus, Vienna
Silvia Eiblmayr – Art Historian and Member of the Artistic Board of KONTAKT. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation.
Grazia Quaroni – Senior Curator, Head of Collections Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, FR
Jo Vickery – International Director Russian Art, Sotheby’s, London, UK
On the occasion of Gazprombank’s and Sotheby’s recent release of their „Corporate Collections“ book, our panelists will discuss the characteristics and roles of their respective collections in institutions and the present art scene. Private and Corporate Collections have a long tradition of patronage in the Anglo-Saxon countries and Japan, have recently expanded in continental Europe and even more clearly in South America, Russia and China. With soaring art prices and limited budgets for public institutions, Corporate Collections have become, more than ever, an important player in the art market and in support of artists and museums alike.

2:00 – 3:00 pm
20four7
Contemporary Collecting
Spotlight Bulgaria – Which Role do Fine Arts Play in the Country that Joined the EU in 2007?
Rainald Schumacher
in conversation with:
Spas Roussev – Collector, Sofia, BG & London, UK
Gaudenz B. Ruf –Collector and Founder of the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for Bulgarian Art, Zurich, CH
Nedko Solakov – Artist and collector, Sofia, BG
Bulgarian contemporary art only plays a minor role in the global art discourse. Only few galleries operate on an international level and offer a platform for the presentation of Bulgarian positions. How can we overcome this situation? How can we prevent talented and promising artists from finding their happiness abroad? How can we trigger societal changes inspiring a better understanding for the importance of contemporary art? How can we help society to be open to dialog about controversial topics, as they are often provoked and persistently formulated.

3:30 – 4:30 pm
Keys to Contemporary Art
Rediscovery of the Avant-Garde
supported by Aksenov Family Foundation
chaired by: Rainer Fuchs – Deputy Director, mumok, Vienna
Kathy Battista – Director Modern & Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, NYC, US; Curator E.A.T. – Experiments in Art and Technology exhibition at Museum der Moderne, Salzburg
Maria Rus Bojan – Curator and Art Historian, Amsterdam, NL
Marika Kuźmicz – Head of ARTon Foundation, Warsaw, PL
Subject of the discussion is the rediscovery of avantgardistic and neo-avantgardistic art from Eastern European countries both in the different Easter European spheres as well as in an international framework. To evaluate the current situation, historic experience is fundamental. The basic questions are thus: What relations between social policy and the development of art are reflected in the history of reception of Eastern European avant-gardes both in East and West? What role does the current rediscovery play? In what way do art-theory, exhibitions and the art market influence this rediscovery?

5:00 6:00 pm
curated by_vienna: Tomorrow Today
Armen Avanessian
– Philosopher, Literary Scholar, Curator curated by_vienna talks about art and capital with:
Kolja Reichert – Art Critic, Author, Editor Spike Art Quarterly, Berlin, DE
The essay “Tomorrow Today”, which is also the title of this talk, deals with artistic strategies for a post-capitalistic era. Avanessian raises questions regarding future (and already existing) alternative models for art and economy. International curators have taken part in this experiment and present their exhibitions on this topic in 20 selected Viennese galleries.

 

Saturday, 26 September 2015

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Keys to Contemporary Art
Founders – Culture – Technology: The Use of Open Space
supported by Aksenov Family Foundation
chaired by: Markus Lust – Editor in Chief, Vice Magazine, Vienna
Michael Breidenbrücker – Serial Entrepreneur (Co-Founder of Last.fm, Artist and Engineer), Vienna
Oliver Holle – Founder and CEO Speedinvest, Vienna
Rupert Huber – Composer and Musician, Vienna, AT
Marko Košnik – Polymedia Artist, Egon March Institute, Ljubljana, SL
The rethinking of distinctive new cultural elements of society is a permanent process. All over the world, people are coming up with pioneering spirit and exiting new forms of cultural production, aesthetics and perception.

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Keys to Contemporary Art
Urban Development & Contemporary Culture
supported by Aksenov Family Foundation
chaired by: Lutz Engelke – Founder and CEO of TRIAD, Berlin, DE
Natalia Fishman – Advisor to the President of Tatarstan, Kazan, RU
Olivier Gabet – Director Musée Des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, FR
Alina Saprykina – Director Museum of Moscow, Moscow, RU
Alistair Spalding – Director, Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, UK
The aim of this discussion is to facilitate a genuine exchange between cultural activists, representatives of the creative cluster and urban developers. In the last few years, urban development strategies have been strongly influenced by the beliefs of what makes cities desirable in an increasingly globalized economy, where knowledge, creativity and innovation are the driving forces for economic growth. Today, many policy makers believe that in order to prosper cities should be attractive for people. Vibrant cities offering a variety of cultural qualities and creating new systems are the most desirable places to live, consume and produce.

2:00 – 3:00 pm
Keys to Contemporary Art
Young Collectors Talk
chaired by: Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt – Artistic Director viennacontemporary
Jacqueline Nowikovsky – Collector, Representative Bonhams Austria, Vienna
Sydney Ogidan – Collector, Vienna
Ivo Wessel – Collector, Vienna
The Young Collectors Talk targets an audience who is interested but has not yet acquired profound knowledge in the field of contemporary art. This talk should answer questions and give a lead–in how to start collecting art, how to approach artists and galleries, how to make the right choices, and how to invest

3:30 – 4:30 pm
20four7 – Contemporary Collecting
On the status quo of the art market and the role as well as relevance of an art fair in Vienna.
Rainald Schumacher
in conversation with:
Ingrid & Thomas Jochheim – Collectors, Berlin, DE
The other talks focus on the status quo of contemporary art in Romania, Bulgaria and Ukraine. But does Vienna as an art fair venue really have the potential to build bridges to the cultural area of Eastern Europe? What are collectors Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim interested in at the fair and which individual pieces caught their eye?

5:00 6:00 pm
Keys to Contemporary Art
Running Private Institutions
chaired by: Julie Boukobza – Freie Kuratorin, Direktorin 89plus europe, Paris, FR / Independent curator, Director 89plus europe, Paris, FR
Inna Bazhenova – Founder In Artibus Foundation, Owner and Publisher The Art Newspaper, Moscow, RU
Miguel Rios – Director and Curator, Fundação Leal Rios, Lisbon, PT
Daniela Zyman – Chief Curator tba21, Vienna
Private institutions are becoming increasingly important for both collecting art as well as for art education. What makes founders establish their institutions, what are the challenges of running them and how does one come up with an artistic program? How could fruitful collaborations between private and public institutions ideally work? Are they a complement, healthy competition for or even a danger to public institutions?

 

Sunday, 27 September 2015

12:30 – 1:30 pm
Keys to Contemporary Art
International Art Events as Catalyst for Local and Regional Development
(talk in German)
chaired by: Nadia Weiss – JounalistIn und Regisseurin / Journalist and Director
Elisabeth Noever-Ginthör – Head of departure, the creative unit of the Vienna Business Agency
Florian Reither – Artist, Member of Gelitin Art Collective, Vienna
Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt – Artistic Director viennacontemporary
Christoph Thun-Hohenstein – Director MAK, Vienna
The public urban space is subject to a permanent process of change that no citizen can escape from. What influence does art have on the appearance of a city like Vienna? Are artists encouraged to participate or are their endeavours ignored, maybe even impeded?

2:00 – 3:00 pm
20four7 – Contemporary Collecting
Talking to the IZOLYATSIA Foundation from Donetsk, on Exile in Kyiv, About the Status Quo of Art in Ukraine
Rainald Schumacher
in conversation with:
Anya Medvedeva – Director IZOLYATSIA, Kyiv, UA
Luba Michailova – Collector and Founder IZOLYATSIA, Kyiv, UA
This talk offers a glimpse into the difficult situation of art in Ukraine. There are hardly any state-funded subsidies for art, culture or creativity. IZOLYATSIA Foundation is among the few private initiatives. It opened on the premises of a former factory in Donetsk in 2010, but since 9 June 2014, the premises are occupied by militia forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic and now serve as military training area. Many of the artworks created on site have been destroyed. In 2015, the foundation opened its new center “in exile”  at the premises of a big shipyard in Kyiv with workshops, artist studios and exhibition rooms. The non-governmental and non-profit foundation focuses on the promotion of contemporary art and culture, fostering creative initiatives and international dialog also regarding an open and democratic society.

3:30 – 5:00 pm
Keys to Contemporary Art
Bulgaria: Variable in appearance, sometimes vaporous, sometimes as plastic paste –
A conversation piece with the participation of the artists from focus Bulgaria
Directed by Dessislava Dimova
In the context of this year’s country focus, Brussels-resident Bulgarian author and curator Dessislava Dimova talks with the Bulgarian artists participating in viennacontemporary about the current situation and development of contemporary art production in Bulgaria. In addition, talks with the title “Objects moving minds in space” between artists and Dessislava Dimova will take place daily in the context of the presentation. Among others, participants will include Luchezar Boyadjiev, Voin de Voin, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Lazar Lyutakov and Kamen Stoyanov.

To learn more about Bulgarian contemporary art, visit the Focus Bulgaria booth C16/C24 for everyday talks with artists.

 

Program subject to update and changes.