The 8th annual Vienna Art Week led by Martin Böhm, Robert Punkenhofer, and Angelika Lienhart kicked off on Monday. This year features over 200 individual events including a special curated exhibition, studio visits with Vienna based artists and openings, exhibitions at the Austrian capital’s wealth of institutions, and Vienna’s third Gallery Weekend for what Böhm qualified as the most successful in the art week’s history.
Pukenhofer and Ursula Maria Probst’s “Predicting Memories” group exhibition headlines the week. On through November 25 at the Ehemaliger Post- und Telegrafenamt in the city center, the exhibition features works by 27 international artists such as Ai Weiwei, Sophie Calle, Kara Walker, and Julieta Aranda and includes a series of performances and artist talks throughout the week.
Though “Predicting Memories” provides a focal point for the week, much interest was cast on additional exhibitions such as Sharon Lockhart’s posthumous collaboration with Noa Eshkol at Francesca von Habsburg’s recently opened permanent space for Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this Friday night. Fellow Californian and neugerriemschneider artist Pae White will also open the first half of a two part exhibition at the Vienna MAK, pulling non-attributable pieces of unknown purpose from the museum’s collection into exhibition limelight. At the Essl Museum, John Silvis curates “New. New York”, a survey of his top picks from the big apple — Brooklyn to be more precise.
At the Dorotheum auction house, which organizes the art week, one can preview upcoming auctions of design, jewelry, Impressionist and Modern Art, and Post-War and Contemporary Art. But, most on Monday evening came for the opening party, which carried on late into the night.
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