For the first time, Viennafair, Vienna's largest art fair, is being staged in the autumn instead of the spring. The event - the eighth so far - will again mainly be showcasing contemporary art, with a strong Central and East European focus. About a hundred galleries from Central and Eastern, and Southeastern Europe will be exhibiting modern art, including painting, graphic art, sculpture, photography, installations and performances. A special feature of the show, entitled Diyalog: Art from Turkey, will continue the fruitful artistic dialogue between Vienna and the Bosphorus. Six galleries from Istanbul will treat fairgoers to a cross-section of the local art scene.
A large number of related events are being held on the sidelines of Viennafair. The Vienna Quintet exhibition is devoted to the work of artists from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine. Vienna Talks will be a forum for interdisciplinary discussions between artists, while Vienna Sonic will explore the interface between the visual arts and music. And Viennafair will be launching the curated by_vienna 2012 project on September 20. This will bring 25 renowned curators from abroad together with 22 leading Vienna galleries to create special exhibitions. The kunst oder leben. ästhetik und biopolitik (art or life: aesthetics and biopolicies) project will centre on the links between work, economics, knowledge and politics.
The Long Night of Museums will be held throughout Austria on October 6. Over 120 museums and galleries are taking part in Vienna, and will be opening their doors to stay-awake arts lovers from 6.00pm to 1am. Visitors can choose from a vast range of exhibitions and events, and visit all the venues on a single ticket.
Eyes On - Monat der Fotografie Wien (Vienna Photography Month) will be presenting over 200 photographic exhibitions and events between October 29 and November 30, 2012. The spectrum runs from shows like Shooting Girls at the Jewish Museum and Flächen Wiens by Johanna Si to an exhibition of photographs from Africa entitled Nachhaltige Welten at the Museum of Ethnology. The Künstlerhaus is hosting the group exhibition Me Myself & Them, Marko Zink's Im Kurhotel series and architectural photographs by Pez Hejduk. The Kunst Haus Wien is pitching in with the exhibition Photo Booth Art - The Aesthetics behind the Curtain: From the Surrealists to Rainer and Warhol. And the Kunsthalle Wien is showing works by fashion designer Susanne Bisovsky, while the Architekturzentrum Wien will contribute an exhibition by Wolfgang Thaler entitled Modernism in Between.
From November 19-25, 2012 art lovers and experts from the international art world will be swapping notes on current trends in art and art criticism during Vienna Art Week. Billed as Predicting Memories, this year's event homes in on the artistic, museum and institutional interfaces that deal with art as a reservoir for memory and knowledge. Founded by the Dorotheum and conceived by Art Cluster Vienna, Vienna Art Week is a joint initiative by Viennese art institutions, museums, artists and collectors. The program includes panel discussions, talks, discussions with artists, exhibition openings, tours of special exhibitions, installations, interventions and performances.
The second annual Gallery Weekend is being held during Vienna Art Week. From November 23-25 curators will be offering seven guided tours of galleries. New to this year's program is the Open Studio Day on November 24, when about 70 artists will open their studios to the public from noon to 5.00pm, giving art lovers a chance to look behind the scenes of contemporary art production. Studio visits guided by curators are also on the schedule on Open Studio Day; these will include visits to studios in the Prater park.
- Viennafair, The New Contemporary, Sep 20-23, 2012, Messe Wien, Messeplatz 1, 1020 Vienna, www.viennafair.at
- curated by_vienna 2012, Sep 20-Oct 25, 2012, www.curatedby.at
- Long Night of Museums, 18:00-01.00, Oct 6-7, 2012, http://langenacht3.orf.at
- Eyes On - Monat der Fotografie Wien, Oct 29-Nov 30, 2012, www.eyes-on.at
- Vienna Art Week, Nov 19-25, 2012, www.viennaartweek.at