Vienna Art Week 2016: Seeking Beauty

The theme for VIENNA ART WEEK 2016 is “Seeking Beauty.” Where does beauty lie? By what criteria is it defined? What changeable concepts of beauty? Is art the practice of discovering the beautiful where it is least expected? This year’s program of exhibitions and performances, interventions and discussions gets to the heart of how beauty is perceived today in all its diversity and contradictions, opening new aesthetic, philosophical, sociopolitical and neurobiological perspectives in the process. A performative interview marathon featuring curator Mark Evans, body art and performance artist ORLAN, and literary theorist Barbara Vinken, as well as performances by Kurt Juurak, Elisabeth von Samsonow and Doris Uhlich cast new light on the topic from various angles, encouraging further exploration.

VIENNA ART WEEK 2016 will also see the return of tried-and-true formats back by popular demand: some 70 artists will open their studios to visitors as part of Open Studio Day on Saturday, 19 November – an action-packed day complete with guided tours, curator talks and other events. Introduced in 2015, Family Art Day is once again offering a free, children- and family-friendly program on Sunday, 20 November.

Leading figures from Vienna museums, exhibition institutions and art universities will convene at DOROTHEUM for a round table discussing strategies and visions for enhancing Vienna’s profile as an international art hub. Gerald Bast (University of Applied Arts Vienna), Matti Bunzl (Wien Museum), Bettina Leidl (KUNST HAUS WIEN), Klaus Albrecht Schröder (Albertina), and Hans-Peter Wipplinger (Leopold Museum), take up the central question: where does Vienna stand compared to art hotspots such as Berlin, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi?

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Current Dates

  • Mon. 14 Nov 2016
  • Tue. 15 Nov 2016
  • Wed. 16 Nov 2016
  • Thu. 17 Nov 2016
  • Fri. 18 Nov 2016
  • Sat. 19 Nov 2016
  • Sun. 20 Nov 2016