curated by _vienna 2011

curated by_vienna is an ambitious project that commissions co-operations between Vienna’s leading contemporary art galleries and internationally renowned curators. Now in its third year, curated by_vienna 2011 will be held in 21 galleries throughout the city, opening on May 12 and running until June 18. Under the title EAST by SOUTH WEST, this year’s project takes as its starting point the importance and relevance of Vienna for Eastern and Southeastern European contemporary art and artists. 21 curators have been invited to develop special exhibitions for the participating galleries.

curated by_vienna 2011 is presented and funded by departure in cooperation with the 21 participating galleries. departure, the Creative Agency of the City of Vienna and a company of the Vienna Business Agency, is Vienna’s point of contact and funding organization in the field of creative industries including visual arts and the art market.


The title of curated by_vienna 2011 describes a geographical conundrum — to be solved using the compass of contemporary art. This geographical aspect reflects Vienna’s status, at different moments in European history, as an advocate for culture and contemporary art from an expanded Eastern European space. The project hones on regional geography at a time, and in a world, largely governed by global mechanisms and ways of thinking.
The project’s intention is to investigate a wider understanding of Europe and its transformations since the countries formerly behind the Iron Curtain have returned to the heart of continental cultural and political life and since Turkey has been engaged in multilateral discourse.
21 internationally renowned curators, who have a track record of working with artists from Eastern and Southeastern Europe, have been invited to develop special exhibitions for 21 leading galleries in Vienna. The project highlights the many points of cultural contact that Vienna has with the cities and states that the participating curators hail from and are making exhibitions about, including: Bucharest and Cluj/Romania, Istanbul/Turkey, Krakow and Warsaw/Poland, Ljubljana/Slovenia, Moscow/Russia, Prague/Czech Republic, Riga/Latvia, Sofia/Bulgaria, Tallinn/Estonia, Vilnius/Lithuania, Zagreb/Croatia.

The participating curators span three generations and present a range of exhibitions that delve into the historical formations of art made in the territories being examined; consider the work of some of the most influential artists of the periods of radical experimentation and protest associated with the various anticommunist undergrounds; as well as assay new artists, new trends, and new conceptual and critical developments impacting upon the international contemporary art scene.
Experienced as a whole curated by_vienna 2011: EAST by SOUTH WEST will enable audiences to chart intersections, connections, and diversions across the expanse of the exhibitions and the sociopolitical geography they encompass — presented in Vienna.

- images from exhibition in knoll gallery presented the curatorial project of Liliana Popescu
"Portraits and Self-Portraits in Private Collections"

The exhibition at Knoll Gallery is based on a survey of art collecting in Bulgaria, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, and Romania, showcasing approximately thirty artworks on loan from private art collections in these countries. Offering amazing insights, the exhibition has two objectives: firstly, to present various artistic forms of expression and representation and to show how certain emotions are conveyed; and secondly, to highlight new perspectives in art collecting, considering that establishing an art collection is also an act of self-representation.
In many cases contemporary art from the East sails to the West. This time the opportunity to frame Eastern and Southeastern European art is presented by Vienna, certainly a one-of-a-kind city in Europe, a quintessential place for the diffusion of contemporary art.
Despite these turbulent times, the art market is continuously expanding, and more and more frequently the rainfall of contemporary discourse emphasizes the new prospects in the emerging markets. Alongside loans from prominent private collections, the exhibition includes artworks from young collectors, and it aims to draw attention to the phenomenon of art collecting in these countries. With a focus on Romanian private collections, the exhibition presents a selection of works by the most renowned Romanian artists on an international scale, but also some works by young, emerging artists, comprising mostly paintings, drawings, and photographs and offering a daring sample of recent art collections.
Artists in the project: Peeter Allik, Ana Bănică, Răzvan Boar, Harijs Brants, Alina Buga, Cătălin Burcea, Raul Cio, Nicolae Comănescu, Adomas Danusevičius, Teodor Graur, Ritums Ivanovs, Mihkel Kleis, Kaloyan Iliev - Kokimoto*, Győrffy László, Oana Lohan, Peter Mintchev*, Gili Mocanu, Sándor Pinczehelyi, Nedko Solakov, Roman Tolici, Ecaterina Vrana, Andrius Zakarauskas
Liliana Popescu (1975, Bucharest) lives and works in Bucharest. From 2002 to 2008, she organized numerous exhibitions for the city’s H’art Gallery, working with emerging international artists. From 2008 to 2010, she was director of Point Contemporary, Bucharest, where she presented works by young Romanian artists. She is presently running Prospekt, the city’s newest gallery.

Knoll Galerie Wien / Gumpendorfer Straße 18, 1060 Vienna /www.knollgalerie.at

* - works by Kaloyan Iliev -Kokimoto are "Toy story I" and Toy story II"- collage,painting made in 2010; Peter Mintchev is presented with paintings "Husband " and "Wife" made in 2010. Both artists are presented from Bulart gallery's colletion. more for them see in http//www.bulartgallery.blogspot.com
** - the work by Nedko Solakov is a part of private romanian collection
*** photo credit:D.Doncheva ; courtesy: Knoll gallery/Vienna

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