viennacontemporary – Austria’s art scene is blooming

CultureLifestyleSeptember 26, 2019

Attention art lovers: Here’s an event for you happening this weekend in Vienna. The viennacontemporary, Austria’s largest art fair invites its visitors to explore the exhibitions of galleries from Central and Eastern Europe at Marx Halle. We already checked out what it’s all about.

Johanna Chromik, viennacontemporary's curator talks with an artist in Max Halle in Vienna

For good reason, September is called the artsy month here in Vienna. Especially this weekend, the contemporary art scene is booming at Austria’s renowned viennacontemporary art fair.  More than 110 participating galleries from 26 countries show their best talents. We already checked it out before the official opening tonight. We had also the opportunity to meet Johanna Chromik, the fair’s Artistic Director, and she shared her views with us: “Vienna is the stage of the fair. Its protagonists, the gallery owners of all generations, the museums with their treasures and the art experts are its heart.”

Installation at viennacontemporary where Austria’s art scene is blooming.

The listed architectural jewel Marx Halle turns again into an art mecca with many highlights by famous curators. Fiona Liewehr curates this year’s special presentation “ZONE1”. The exhibition focuses on artists under the age of 40 who live, study or work in Austria with the goal of strengthening international networking.

Paintings at viennacontemporary in Max Halle in Vienna

Harald Krejci, chief curator of Belvedere, is responsible for “Explorations”, a selection that gathers various galleries from Europe presenting artistic positions of the 60s and 70s.

Paintings at viennacontemporary in Max Halle in Vienna

The section “NSK State in Time” revolves around the question: „What is the understanding of a state that is not based on territory but in time?” Based on the phenomenon “NSK State in Time”, curator Tevž Logar questions the notion that art is represented in the realm of a nation-state.

Paintings at viennacontemporary in Max Halle in Vienna

There is also video installations chosen by Attilia Fattori Franchini in which the artists recount voyeurism and intimacy as forms of resistance, revealing social anxieties along with deeper economic and power structures.

We are looking forward to a weekend full of art – see you there!



26 – 29 September 2019


Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Wien