Promising Paradise: Vienna Art Week 2018

Various locations, 19th to 25th November 2018.

Existing beyond our perceptions of time and space, paradise can never be found in the contemporary. It can only be elucidated through contemporary means.
Stella Rollig, CEO Belvedere

The Vienna Art Week 2018, under the motto „Promising Paradise“, embarks on a quest for the meaning of paradise in contemporary art and society. It is about the utopian potential of paradise as well as the alluring promise of paradise as a rhetorical device of political instrumentalization. The ambiguous programmatic title raises the question: is it about a paradise found or about a paradise lost?

The program of the fourteenth edition of the Vienna Art Week includes several panel discussions, exhibitions, guided tours, performances and alternative spaces projects. The seven day marathon of more than 210 art-related events is organized by the member institutions of the Art Cluster Vienna, including museums, art galleries, universities and artist-run spaces.

Some of this year’s highlights:
Tue., 20 Nov. 2018, 7:15 pm
MAK Vienna, Lecture Hall
Talk with performance experts RoseLee Goldberg and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein

Performance experts RoseLee Goldberg, founding director and chief curator of the “Performa” festival (New York), and Felicitas Thun-Hohenstein, curator of the Austrian contribution to the 2019 Venice Biennale, talk to Robert Punkenhofer about “Utopia and dystopia in performance art” and their different interpretations in Europe and the US.
In the choreography of time and space, the ritualized self, the performative subject and the staged body become the missing link between everyday routine and transcendence, this world and the next.

Fri., 23 Nov. 2018, 6:00 pm

Panel discussion „The Global Art Market – On the Future of Buying Art, Art Education and Fairs in the Digital Age“

Is the web changing the art market, do art fairs have a future, and will corporate collections remain in demand?

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