EAST by SOUTH WEST
12 May–18 June 2011
Thursday, May 12, 6–10 pm
21 international curators
21 Viennese galleries
EAST by SOUTH WEST, the title of curated by_vienna 2011, describes a geographical conundrum—a where?—to be solved using the compass of contemporary art. In 21 curated exhibitions in Vienna’s leading galleries, the project presents art from an expanded “Eastern European” space that includes the panoply of post-communist states and Turkey. The geographical dimension reflects upon Vienna’s status, at different moments in European history, as an advocate for culture and contemporary art for those territories especially since 1989. The project hones on regional geography at a time, and in a world, largely governed by global mechanisms and ways of thinking.
curated by_vienna, now in its third year, commissions co-operations between renowned international curators and contemporary art galleries in Vienna. Following the successful model established in 2009 and 2010, 21 leading international curators, with track records of working with artists from Eastern and Southeastern Europe, have been invited to develop special exhibitions for each of the partner galleries.
The participating curators span three generations and are presenting 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 assaying 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 exhibitions and the sociopolitical geography they encompass – a space that features Vienna.
Galerie Grita Insam, Joseph Backstein
Charim Galerie Wien, Ami Barak
Galerie Krinzinger, Rene Block
Galerie Dana Charkasi, Iara Boubnova
Kerstin Engholm Galerie, Adam Budak
Mario Mauroner, Ivica Buljan
Galerie Steinek, Fabio Cavallucci
Christine König Galerie, Dessislava Dimova
Galerie Martin Janda, Silvia Eiblmayr
Galerie Mezzanin, Ion Grigorescu
Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Ana Janevski
Lukas Feichtner Galerie, Magda Kardasz
Krobath Wien , Marie Klimesova
Galerie Emanuel Layr, Duenser/Kobald
Galerie Andreas Huber, Raimundas Malasauskas
Gabriele Senn Galerie, Roberto Ohrt
Knoll Galerie Wien, Liliana Popescu
Projektraum Viktor Bucher, Laura Rutkute
Galerie Meyer Kainer, Nicolaus Schafhausen
Galerie Nächst St. Stephan, Adam Szymczyk
Galerie Hubert Winter, Derya Yucel
curated by_vienna 2011 has a special project website that is the best place to track the project’s genesis, find out more about the individual exhibitions, and access information about special events. Browse: www.curatedby.at. The full list of expositions and artists included in curated by_vienna 2011 will be available in March.
The opening days of curated by_vienna 2011 coincide with VIENNAFAIR (May 12–15, 2011) and Fruits, Flowers, and Clouds (May 12–14, 2011).
curated by_vienna 2011 team: Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Birgit Huber, Elisabeth Noever-Ginthoer, and Simon Rees
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.