Summer in Vienna: 8 art exhibitions you need to keep up with

Eight fascinating new exhibitions just opened (or are about to open) in the Austrian capital. Most of them are showcases of contemporary arts with a dash of ancient Greece and the necessary touch of Klimt! The summer art-menu of Vienna is offering spectacular grand shows on contemporary art superstars (Jan Fabre), the emancipation of women artists in the 1970’s (Woman) and Klimt’s fascination of classical art! Note that several other important shows for every taste are currently on view in Vienna so make sure you check cityartnow before you hit the Viennese streets!
Renate Eisenegger Hochhaus (Nr.1), 1974 S/W-Fotografie auf Holz kaschiert / b/w photography (aus einer 4-teiligen Serie / from a four-part series) © Renate Eisenegger, SAMMLUNG VERBUND, Wien
mumok - Woman
Until September 3, 2017

An exhibition of works which examines one of the most important phenomena in the art history of the 1970s - the emancipation of women artists, who for the first time in the history of art began to create their own new image of women in an art world dominated by men. The 300 works of the 1970s by 48 artists from Europe and North and South America by well-known names like Cindy Sherman, Ana Mendieta, and ORLAN are derived from the Art Collection of Verbund (Austria’s largest electricity company).

Kathleen Ryan: Bacchante, 2017 (detail). Concrete, stainless steel, glaced terracotta, marble. Courtesy the artist and Josh Lilley, London © Photo: KHM-Museumsverband

Theseus Temple - Kathleen Ryan: Bacchante
Until October 1, 2017

Continuing the series of contemporary art exhibitions at the Theseus Temple (the small-scale replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens located at the Volksgarten), this year Kunsthistorisches Museum presents Bacchante, an impressive new work made of marble by the young American sculptor Kathleen Ryan.

Exhibition view "Klimt and Antiquity. Erotic Encounters" © Belvedere, Vienna (Photo: Johannes Stoll)
Belvedere Orangery, Lower Belvedere - Klimt and Antiquity. Erotic Encounters
Until October 8, 2017
Belvedere Museum offers a fascinating dialogue between Gustav Klimt’s work and classical art! The exhibition illustrates this development through juxtaposing Klimt’s work with classical vase painting and casts of sculptures that inspired the artist.
Although separated by more than two millennia, the interplay between classical vase painting and Klimt’s linear art reveals surprising correlations, unveiling new perspectives on how the artist appreciated antiquity.

Tue Greenfort, Tamoya Ohboya. Exhibition view, Tidalectics, TBA21. Photo: Jorit Aust
TBA 21 - Tidalectics
Until November 19, 2017

Tidalectics is an oceanic worldview, a different way of engaging with the oceans and the world we inhabit.  The exhibition presents thirteen standout artists whose distinctive works cast oceanic perspectives on the cultural, political, and biological dimensions of the oceans, some examining the effects of human-made issues such as climate change and sea-level rise, and others reimagining human and “more-than-human” relationships.  

Vittorio Brodmann, Crush with eyeliner, 2013. © Belvedere, Vienna
21er Haus - Specular Windows. Reflections on the Self and the Wider World
Until January 14, 2018

Through sixty works of contemporary art and a selection of historical pieces from the Museum’s vast collection, the exhibition visits themes such as utopias and crises, the horror of the everyday, phenomena of the spiritual, the politicization of the body, surreal worlds and individual mythologies. The exhibition features works by artists such as Joseph Kosuth, Arnulf Rainer, Vittorio Brodmann and Ugo Rondinone!

Alex Da Corte, Lightning, 2015-16, installation view Free Roses at MassMoca, North Adams (USA). Courtesy of the artist and Luxembourg & Dayan, Photo: John Bernardo
Secession - Alex Da Corte: Slow Graffiti
From July 6 to September 3, 2017

The US-American artist with Venezuelan roots Alex Da Corte works with everyday items and mass-produced objects that he finds at flea markets, in dollar shops, thrift and home improvement stores. He transforms their original functions and meanings creating large-scale installations, videos and paintings.

Gottfried Helnwein, Pink Mouse 2, 2008. Oil, Acrylic on Canvas. The Albertina Museum, Vienna © Bildrecht, Vienna, 2017

Albertina Museum - Look! New Acquisitions
From July 6 to October 8, 2017

For the first time, the Albertina is staging an exhibition on two levels of the museum: over 2,500 square meters’ floor space host a broad survey of the Albertina’s collection of contemporary art. Sigmar Polke, William Kentridge, Anselm Kiefer, Alex Katz, Marlene Dumas and Tom Wesselmann are only some of the 55 artists included in this major presentation of 350 works selected from the 10,000 works acquired by the museum in the past 18 years !

Jan Fabre, Tea-hangover (1980) Black & white photo print, 25 × 16 cm © Angelos bvba Photo: Marc Gubbels
Leopold Museum - Jan Fabre: Stigmata. Actions & Performances 1976-2016
From July 7 to August 27, 2017
One of the biggest names in contemporary art, the Flemish Jan Fabre presents Stigmata, a voyage into his ideas, his memories and his art through drawings, photographs, sculptures, costumes, texts quotes, archival documents and study models and filmic documentations of his performance and poetic actions, from the second half of the 1970s to the present.

mumok - Museumsplatz 1 -
Theseus Temple - Volksgarten, 1010 -
Belvedere Orangery, Lower Belvedere - Rennweg 6A, 1030 -
TBA 21 - Scherzergasse 1A, 1020 -
21er Haus - Arsenalstraße 1, 1030 -
Secession - Friedrichstraße 12, 1010 -
Albertina Museum - Albertinaplatz 1, 1010 -
Leopold Museum - Museumsplatz 1, 1070 -

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