viennacontemporary Magazine reports on the activities of viennacontemporary and provides you with in-depth insights into what’s going on in the art world. We publish interviews with gallerists, collectors, artists, and art lovers. Our main focus is Austria, but we also explore the art scene in Southern and Eastern Europe and beyond. viennacontemporary is not only a reflection of the contemporary art landscape in the region. It’s about people, society, trends, and dialogue.

VCT Sculpture Project 2023

Carola Dertnig's homage to Lucia Westerguard conquers Stadtpark

In a public landscape dominated by sculptures of or by important men, ranging from Donald Judd to Johann Strauß, a new sculpture next to Kursalon Vienna is breaking the pattern:  ‘Feldenkreis_FI_001_Lucia by Carola Dertnig. Dertnig’s sculpture is more than a visually striking addition to Stadtpark; it’s a poignant commentary on the underrepresentation of female figures […]

ZONE1 2023

The emerging section of viennacontemporary

One of the highlights of viennacontemporary 2023 was undoubtedly ZONE1, curated by Francesca Gavin. The special exhibition, dedicated to emerging artists under the age of 40 with a connection to Austria – be it through origin, study, or work – spanned the entire upper floor of the Kursalon. Each stand of the ten young artists […]


Navigating Art and Technology

Molecules gracefully float in a pastel-colored expanse, accompanied by meditative music, where space and time relinquish their significance, allowing for an immersion into a captivating alternative reality. Enter “The Fetch,” an immersive experience meticulously crafted by Austrian artist Christiane Peschek. The artwork is a composition of Peschek’s “fetched” online data, weaving together her “virtual aura” […]

“I want to make Vienna the new hub in Europe for contemporary art.”

Introducing Artistic Director Francesca Gavin

A familiar name to many in the art world, Francesca Gavin brings a remarkable blend of energy, good humor, curiosity, and a deep expertise in contemporary art. Now, she’s turning her attention to promoting Vienna’s significant potential on the international art stage. Meet Francesca Gavin – writer, curator, and, as of this month, the Artistic […]

Is Vienna the new Berlin?

Francesca Gavin on Monocle Radio

Is Vienna the new Berlin? Listen below to viennacontemporary artistic director Francesca Gavin on the Monocle radio show “The Globalist” about her plans for viennacontemporary 2024 and the city’s great potential.   Listen to the whole “The Globalist” show here.

VCT STATEMENT: Not Either Or, But And

The special exhibition at das weisse haus.

Curated by Laura Amann, a curator at Kunsthalle Wien, the exhibition in the framework of VCT STATEMENT 202 shines a spotlight on the issues of political homelessness and contemporary citizenship. The eight outstanding artists Olga Balema, Sharif Baruwa, Tony Cokes, Maximiliano Leon, Wendelien van Oldenborgh, OMARA Mara Oláh, Aykan Safoğlu, and Miriam Stoney intensively explore […]

First Timers

viennacontemporary 2023

When roaming the halls of Kursalon this year, visitors of viennacontemporary will discover a few new faces: 15 galleries from all over Europe, united by a shared commitment to nurturing emerging contemporary art, will participate at Austria’s leading art fair for the first time this September.

queer in the city

Event by Queer Art Spaces Vienna and viennacontemporary

queer in the city 22 June 2023, from 3:30 pm Das Vindobona Wallensteinplatz 6, 1020 Wien On June 22, viennacontemporary and Queer Art Spaces Vienna, the Vienna-based platform for the promotion of queer art and culture, invite all guests to a performance and panel discussion at the Vindobona as part of Pride Month 2023, followed […]