Must-See Art Guide: Vienna

This week's guide includes Kiki Kogelnik, Ernesto Neto, Kerstin Brätsch, and more.

Ernesto Neto, O tempo lento do corpo que é pele (2004). Courtesy of TBA21.

If you find yourself in Vienna this week, you’re in luck: from September 24 to 27 the Austrian capital is host to viennacontemporary, the country’s premier international art fair. This year it’s being held in the recently renovated Marx Halle, built in the late 19th century by famed architect Rudolf Frey. As you walk through the fair’s selection of galleries, be sure and look up to admire the historic wrought-iron structure framing the contemporary art all around you.

When you’ve had your fill at the fair, grab a schnitzel and take a stroll: with the quality and quantity of gallery and museum exhibitions throughout the city, even the most seasoned art buffs will be footsore by the end of their tour.

Ernesto Neto, O tempo lento do corpo que é pele (2004). Courtesy of TBA21.

Ernesto Neto, O tempo lento do corpo que é pele (2004). Courtesy of TBA21.

Two shows ending this weekend are John Skoog’s “VÄRN” and Kiki Kogelnik’s “great, great, great, …” so be sure to catch them in their final days. John Skoog received the Baloise Art Prize at Art Basel 2014 for his video installation, which you can still watch at the mumok through September 27. At Kovacek & Zetter GmbH, take in the work by the late Kiki Kogelnik, considered to be one of Austria’s greatest Pop-y artists.

Kiki Kogelnik, New York Heads V (1994). Courtesy of Kovacek & Zetter GmbH.

Kiki Kogelnik, New York Heads V (1994). Courtesy of Kovacek & Zetter GmbH.

At Galerie Meyer Kainer, check out the wild collaboration between Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers, featuring explosive, sprawling sculptures in hot neon colors. Meanwhile at Krobath, the group exhibition “Notes on Sculpture: A plea for deceleration” features sculpture of a decidedly quieter, more meditative variety, but no less intriguing. At MAK is a major survey of Romanian art, “Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916-2016,” providing both a view into Romania’s past, and a glimpse of its more hopeful future, as expressed by its artists.

And lastly, do not pass go, do not collect $200, and do not miss the breathtaking installations at TBA21 by Brazillian artist Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin people. This collaboration is both immersive and magical, and can be explored until October 25.

Pace yourself: you have a lot to see!

Monika Sosnowska, Untitled (2012). Courtesy of Krobath.

Monika Sosnowska, Untitled (2012). Courtesy of Krobath.

Exhibition: NOTES ON SCULPTURE: A plea for deceleration
When: September 10–October 17, 2015
Where: Krobath, Eschenbachgaße 9, Vienna, Austria

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Julia Bornefeld, PADS III (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman.

Exhibition: “Julia Bornefeld ‘somniflos’
When: September 4–October 24, 2015
Where: Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Maria-Theresien-Straße 34 Innsbruck, Vienna, Austria

Exhibition: John Skoog. VÄRN
When: June 26–September 27, 2015
Where: mmok, Museumplatz 1, Vienna, Austria

Hanne Darboven, Portrait (c. 1988). Courtesy of Galerie Crone.

Hanne Darboven, Portrait (c. 1988). Courtesy of Galerie Crone.

Exhibition: “Hanne Darboven: Konstruktion / Modelle (1966–2008)
When: September 11–November 4, 2015
Where: Galerie Crone, Getreidemarkt 14, Vienna, Austria

Kerstin  Brätsch and Debo Eilers, KAYA V installation view (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Meyer Kainer.

Kerstin Brätsch and Debo Eilers, KAYA V installation view (2015). Courtesy of Galerie Meyer Kainer.

Exhibition: “KAYA V (Kerstin  Brätsch / Debo Eilers)
When: September 11–November 5, 2015
Where: Galerie Meyer Kainer, Eschenbachgasse 9, Vienna, Austria

Exhibition: “Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin: Aru Kuxipa | Sacred Secret
When: June 25–October 25, 2015
Where: TBA21 and Kunsthalle Krems, Scherzergasse 1A, Vienna, Austria

Exhibition: “KIKI KOGELNIK • great, great, great, …
When: September 12–September 26, 2015
Where: Kovacek & Zetter GmbH, Stallburggasse 2, Vienna, Austria

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PRODUKTION installation view (2015). Courtesy of Galerie nächst St. Stephan.

Exhibition: “PRODUKTION – curated by Kolja Reichert
When: September 11–October 24, 2015
Where:
Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Grünangergasse 1, Vienna, Austria

Mira Cantor, Cer Variabil (2007–15). Courtesy of mak.

Mira Cantor, Cer Variabil (2007–15). Courtesy of mak.

Exhibition: “Mapping Bucharest: Art, Memory, and Revolution 1916–2016
When: June 11–October 4, 2015
Where: MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art), Stubenring 5, Vienna, Austria

 


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