From photography exhibitions, performances to museum nights, here is the round-up of our favourite cultural events from around the region. Look no further for the cultural boost you don’t want to miss!
Art Vienna and Supermarket of Art
Art Vienna, Leopold Museum, Wien: February 23 – February 26, 2017
Supermarket of Art, Wien: until 18 February, 2017
Art lovers and collectors, book your Wien escape! Alongside the established Art Austria, the special market for art from Austria, Leopold Museum offers art lovers a new meeting point: Art Vienna. Held for the very first time in February the fair will bring together more than 50 best-known Austrian as well as selected international gallerists and dealers.
And when you are already in Wien, don’t forget to visit the annual Supermarket of Art. To mark the 10th anniversary of the event, 90 contemporary artists from eighteen countries offered on sale more than 6,000 of their original works. The pieces range from drawings to watercolors, acrylic and oil paintings to photography and can be purchased for really moderate prices running between €59 and €330.
MENT Ljubljana, Festival and conference
Various venues in Ljubljana: February 1 – February 3, 2017
A breath of fresh air on Slovenian music scene, MENT is a 3 day festival and a conference presenting new music talent from all over Europe and beyond. For the third year in a row, 10 venues in Ljubljana will be taken over by more than 50 bands, singers, songwriters, producers and DJs. All interested in the specifics of music production can during the day also take part in the conference dedicated to networking, educating and presenting various aspects of the music business. This year’s lectures explore one of the strongest Eastern European markets – Poland and the future of the regional music scene.
Egon Schiele: Melancholy and Provocative
Albertina, Wien: February 22 – June 18, 2017
One of the most significant artists of the 20th century, Egon Schiele, became the “enfant terrible” of classic modernism with his numerous self-portraits and stark depictions of nude women. The Albertina owns one of the largest collections of Schiele’s works in the world and is dedicating an extensive exhibition to him on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of his death in 2018. His works are provocative, melancholic, highly subjective and allegorical at once. Despite his short life-span and a barely more than ten-year-long phase of artistic creativity, he succeeded in leaving behind an astonishingly large body of work. It includes more than 2,500 works on paper and over 330 paintings on wood or canvas – not counting his numerous sketchbooks.
Juergen Teller – Enjoy Your Life!
Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague: December 15, 2016 – March 19, 2017
Juergen Teller, one of the most sought-after contemporary photographers that the fashion and photography worlds cannot stop talking about, is currently exhibiting in Galerie Rudolfinum with an installation named Enjoy Your Life!. The unique exhibition of Teller´s recent works originated thanks to the cooperation of three institutions: Bundeskunsthalle Bonn, Gallery Rudolfinum in Prague and Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin. Juergen adapts the exposition for each of these venues. In the Gallery Rudolfinum is on display the largest selection of his photographs and a series of video recordings, characterised by his unique creative freedom, careful planning, snapshot quality, imperfect beauty, personal interest and intimacy.
At Home Again – Marcel Breuer
Museum of Applied Arts, Budapest: December 8, 2016 – June 11, 2017
Another reason to prise yourself from the sofa this January: work of globally renewed Hungarian-born architect and furniture designer Marcel Breuer is now finally on show in his home country Hungary. As a master of the Bauhaus School, Breuer created a new architectural direction that made him one of the world’s most popular icons in the 20th-century design history. Among the pieces on view are designer’s conference table that was once part of his New York office and his famous Wassily Chair, the first-ever chair that featured a bent-steel frame and marked the beginning of a new era in modern furniture. Additionally, the exhibition shows office furnishings of seven contemporary Hungarian designers who were connected to Breuer or influenced by the master’s works.
Frank Uwe Laysiepen – Ulay: I Other
City Art Gallery, Ljubljana: December 1, 2016 – February 8, 2017
If you were ever in need of an excuse to visit Ljubljana, City Art Gallery provides you with additional reason: Ulay’s first solo presentation in the region. “Active on the international art scene since the late 1960s, Frank Uwe Laysiepen, better known as Ulay, has been featured in numerous group shows and a number of solo exhibitions, yet his I Other exhibition at the City Art Gallery Ljubljana is his first major solo presentation in the region. The exhibition starts with some of the key works in Ulay’s oeuvre, in which the artist focuses on his own body and its social alienation, and then goes on to engage us in a fascinating dialogue with presentations of his relations to his fellow humans, be it close friends or complete strangers.”
The Night of Museums
Zagreb: January 27, 2017
Forget the winter chill and enter for a night the world of nostalgia, history and tradition. Attend the 12th Night of Museums, a cultural event held across Croatia, and visit the museums and cultural institutions or join their entertainment programme, such as concerts, film screenings, workshops, and talks with artists. The popular event will be held this year up and down the country on 27th January, with museums, galleries and other cultural institutions opened from 6pm to 1am free of admission.
Give Me Yesterday
Osservatorio, Fondazione Prada, Milan: December 21, 2016 – March 12, 2017
Hibernation is not an option if you are visiting Milan this month! Fondazione Prada opened the Osservatorio – new exhibition space located in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and dedicated solely to photography and visual languages. The inaugural exhibition, Give Me Yesterday, includes works by 14 Italian and international artists and explores the use of photography as a personal diary over a period of time ranging from the early 2000s through today. In a context characterized by the pervasive presence of photography devices and an uninterrupted circulation of images produced and shared through digital platforms, a generation of young artists has transformed the photographic diary into an instrument to focus on their own daily lives and intimate, personal rituals.
Bank Austria Kunstforum, Wien: December 7, 2016 – March 26, 2017
Bank Austria Kunstforum starts 2017 in good stead by celebrating the work of American art icon and the mother of American modernism Georgia O’Keeffe. The biggest European O‘Keeffe exhibition so far focuses on the painter‘s oeuvre from her beginnings as an artist in 1915 to her late period in the 1970s. O’Keeffe‘s modernist early works date back to the 1910s and rank among the outstanding abstract contributions. Her detailed depictions of a range of stunning flowers and body landscapes imbued with an erotic connotation produced in this decade are some of the most popular and striking motifs in her entire work. The second focus of the exhibition is the time the artist spent in New Mexico, where she settled down for good in 1930. Her landscapes from this time visualise her at-oneness with the rugged terrain – »O’Keeffe‘s Country«.