Desiring the Real. Austria Contemporary

exhibition

19.06 - 28.09.2014

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Program: [Exhibitions]

Organizers:
National Centre for Contemporary Arts (Moscow, Nizhny Novgorod)
with support of Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation,
Federal Chancellery of Austria
Co-organizer: Austrian Cultural Forum in Moscow


 

Desiring the Real. Austria Contemporary
19 July – 28 September 2014

The exhibition acquaints Russian audience with contemporary art of Austria; it presents works of renowned masters and those of new generation – the most promising artists of the country. In their works the artists conduct artistic research of our reality and possible ways of its development; they use different genres – painting, drawing, photograph, video, sculpture and installation.

For the participants of the exhibition “desire” is a driving force of artistic process, and reality is material from which the art is forged. Unfolding different plot lines, all authors concur in their desire to find real knowledge with the means of art; knowledge which can change the outside world.

Being in search of cultural, political and historical identities, which comprise reality of mankind in one way or another, the authors offer different ways of its reconsideration. Their works pose a question – is a unified view on reality possible to achieve?

Each work represented at the exhibition is a combination of visible, conceivable and possible, and the exhibition as a whole is an attempt to reconsider our experience of reality.

The exposition at the Arsenal which includes works of 22 authors is a small part of the Artothek – a unique national collection of contemporary Austrian art of the Austrian Federal State. The exhibition, created as a mobile project, has already been to Serbia, Mexico, Croatia, Italy, Macedonia, Turkey, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cuba, and will travel to many other countries. In Russia the exhibition will be premiered in Nizhny Novgorod, and in autumn citizens of the capital will have an opportunity to see it. The project is realized as a part of the Austrian cultural season in Russia.

Curator: Karin Zimmer

Artists: Iris Andraschek, Catrin Bolt, Adriana Czernin, Josef Dabernig, Michael Goldgruber, Nilbar Güres, Franz Kapfer, Ulrike Königshofer, Leopold Kessler, Hubert Lobnig, Bele Marx & Gilles Mussard, David Moises and Chris Janka, Bernd Oppl, Rainer Prohaska, Judith Fegerl, Maria Hahnenkamp, Michael Höpfner, Siggi Hofer, Margherita Spiluttini, Esther Stocker, Hannes Zebedin.

The ceremony of opening will take place on July 18 at 19.00.
The evening will be continued on July 18 at 20.00 by traditional summer party at the Arsenal.
Special quests – Austrian artist Bernhard Wolf and DJane Monique Fessl from Graz. They prepared “Retro Elektrik. Vinyl trip” set especially for Nizhny Novgorod.
July 19 at 18.00
– guided tour of the exhibition by the curator Karin Zimmer and artist Hannes Zebedin.

Tickets for the exhibition: full – 100 rub., discount – 50 rub.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12.00-20.00. Free admission on Wednesdays.
ADDRESS: Arsenal, Nizhny Novgorod, Kremlin, building 6.
CONTACTS: 8(831) 423-57-41 www.ncca.ru/nnovgorod

Title picture: Adriana Czernin, Untitled 2002, drawing

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