In November 2016 I travelled to Vienna to cover Vienna Art Week for Yatzer. I had the rare opportunity to immerse myself in three days of contemporary art, and discover artists and galleries that work under the radar and rarely receive international press coverage. Special thanks to Susanne from Art Phalanx and Marcel from the Austrian Gallery Association for showing me around town!
Having just completed its twelfth edition, Vienna Art Week is an annual festival of events that seeks to promote and celebrate contemporary art made and shown in the Austrian capital. Known mainly for its rich musical tradition and imperial Austro-Hungarian architecture, Vienna may not be a regular stop for contemporary art-lovers travelling in Europe, nevertheless, the city has a vibrant art scene, with two Academies hosting around 5,000 art students, over 80 galleries, at least 100 museums and central Europe’s largest auction house, the Dorotheum. This year’s Art Week activated connections and synergies between many of Vienna’s cultural institutions, with a programme of over 200 events, which included discussions, exhibitions, gallery tours, studio visits and many more —all proving just how much there is going on under the radar in a city still mainly associated with Klimt and Otto Wagner.
Read the full review on Yatzer.com official website.
Installation View from Andrea Jünger Gallery during Open Gallery Night, Vienna Art Week 2016. The basement of Galerie Jünger is a former bakery, completely covered with white tiles. On the wall: Photography by Werner Schnelle, from the series “Mise en Image”, 1982-1986. Photo by Kiriakos Spirou.