With 112 galleries from 28 countries, viennacontemporary 2016 was the largest and most prominent art fair in the region, offering the most extensive array of contemporary art from Austria, the highest concentration of Eastern European galleries worldwide, and a continuously growing international scope with special attention to emerging art markets.
The well-established ZONE1 with solo presentations by young Austrian artists was supported by the Austrian Federal Chancellery. With the new format Solo Expanded viennacontemporary responded to the wish of international galleries to introduce contemporary positions of international artists more prominently at the art fair in Vienna. Northern European art was presented at the 2016 edition with Nordic Highlights: Select galleries from Finland, Denmark, and Sweden presented the similarities and differences in the national art scenes against the backdrop of the entire northern region. An interesting aspect of European art history was addressed in the special presentation Focus: Ex–Yugoslavia and Albania, which featured a representative cross-section of contemporary art from the Yugoslavian successor states and Albania. General categories: Established, Young, Reflections.
The special presentations and accompanying events – film and video art in the framework of Cinema as well as the presentations and panel discussions at Keys to Contemporary Art and the Collectors Forum – and an educational program for all age groups, Family, Studio and Gold guided tours, offered a straightforward and enjoyable access point to contemporary art in cooperation with Viennese art institutions.