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20 – 23 Sept 2012

September 20-23, 2012
Messe Wien, Hall A, Entrance A
Messeplatz 1
A-1020 Vienna/Austria

Kontakt. Art Collection at VIENNAFAIR

Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation will be presented at this year’s VIENNAFAIR from September 20 to 23, 2012. The exhibition “Under the Surface – Constant Attempt to Relate” gathers works pertaining to art actions and/or performances from the 1970s, during which the relationships between art and life became interwoven on the level of perception. The transformations and qualitative changes of a developmental relationship are shown via the incorporation of temporality. The network of individual moments thus composed forms the relationships and defines the recollective realm. By way of contrast, the photographs showing actions document how artists experiment with their own bodies; this experimentation, manifested in occurrences of a theatrical nature, is intended to generate various types of emotional tension. The artists’ experimentation with their own bodily limitations is much like experimentation with the limitations of societal consciousness and the taboos associated therewith. These performances were for the most part staged in private or semipublic venues. The works presented in this exhibition, showing artistic stances from the 1970s as well as more recent output,
must be viewed as more than just criticism of a societal situation. All of these are not correctives for societal processes in and of themselves, but much rather aesthetic statements and/or commentaries.

Artists represented at VIENNAFAIR: Pavel Braila, Geta Bratescu, Miklós Erdély, Maria Hahnenkamp, Dóra Maurer, Karel Miler, Jan Mlcoch, Petr Štembera, Sven Stilinovic, Goran Trbuljak, Manfred Willmann