From 22 to 25 September in Marx Halle Vienna, viennacontemporary brought together an unparalleled selection of Austrian, Eastern European, and international galleries, who presented thousands of artworks by over five hundred young and established artists as well as leading world-class names. It closes with 28,316 visitors.
“Vienna is finally at the center of attention of the international art scene. We have never received so much positive resonance from our international guests and domestic art collectors as we did this year. Not just viennacontemporary in the Marx Halle but also the many cooperations with the city’s art institutions initiated through our activities reflect that we correctly identified the potential in the Viennese art scene and have made a substantial contribution to it,” says Dmitry Yu. Aksenov, board chairman of viennacontemporary.
“We began with a narrow pathway, now the bridges are built and ready for exchanges with the art scenes of the East and West. This year we had more galleries, an even more comprehensive program, extra special showcases, and more visitors who really enjoyed viennacontemporary 2016 – and many who also enriched their collections with new purchases. I’m already looking forward to the next edition of the fair from 21 to 24 September 2017,” states Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt, artistic director of viennacontemporary, enthusiastically about the success of Austria’s largest art fair.
With 112 galleries from 28 countries, viennacontemporary is 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 promises a unique element of surprise with solo presentations by young Austrian artists. Supported by the Austrian Federal Chancellery.
With the new format Solo Expanded viennacontemporary responds to the wish of international galleries to introduce contemporary positions of international artists more prominently at the art fair in Vienna.
Northern European art makes an appearance at this year’s edition with Nordic Highlights: Select galleries from Finland, Denmark, and Sweden present the similarities and differences in the national art scenes against the backdrop of the entire northern region.
An interesting aspect of European art history will be addressed this year in the special presentation Focus: Ex–Yugoslavia and Albania, which features a representative cross-section of contemporary art from the Yugoslavian successor states and Albania.
General categories: Established, Young and Reflections
With this year’s special presentations, the highly promising 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, offering a straightforward and enjoyable access point to contemporary art in cooperation with Viennese art institutions, viennacontemporary takes the next step forward in its success story