Young artists have what might be their first opportunity to be exhibited at Bäckerstrasse4, which is an interesting space dedicated to art students still studying, or recently graduated. The gallery hosts shows four times a year, with works selected by a professional jury. The gallery welcomes artists both from Austrian and international art schools and is not limited to genre, as it displays works ranging from sculpture to photography, installation and video art. The goal at Bäckerstrasse4 is not only to give emerging artists a boost, but also to showcase the variety that young contemporary artists are pursuing today.
Bäckerstrasse4, Bäckerstraße 4, Vienna, Austria, +43 676 555 1 777
Multilayered communication is what the Gabriele Senn Galerie hopes to exhibit through its group of Austrian and international contemporary artists. An example of this is a past exhibition featuring two multimedia artists – Brit David Batchelor and German Andy Hope. For Batchelor, colour, urban, abstraction and the tradition of monochrome can be found as themes throughout his work. These are contrasted by Hope’s historical and pop-culture references. Cooperation with other galleries, both Austrian and international, as well as museums and individual curators and artists, gives rise to the unique artistic collaborations in which Gabriele Senn Gallery engages.
Gabriele Senn Galerie, Schleifmühlgasse 1A, Vienna, Austria, +43 1585 2580
Galerie MAM works with a number of renowned international artists especially those from the Mediterranean area. This classic gallery in Vienna’s first district was founded in 1972 and places a special focus on sculpture; indeed the large main floor of the 1,200 square metre gallery space is dedicated to this medium. The gallery represents a range of contemporary artists, with an eye towards exhibiting together those bound by a common theme, but whose work developed independently. Featuring a whole room dedicated to young artists, MAM is home to a range of intriguing creatives, such as Spaniard Carlos Aires who creates vinyl wall objects and Austrian artist Bertram Hasenauer’s haunting portraits.
Galerie MAM, Weihburggasse 26, Vienna, Austria, +43 1904 2004
Galerie Ulysses has been at the forefront of contemporary art in Vienna since 1974. This is where you go to see sculptors Joannis Avramidis and Bruno Gironcoli and splatter painter Hermann Nitsch, not to mention Cy Twombly and Georg Baselitz, two other artists who exhibited in Vienna thanks to Galerie Ulysses. The two directors have different interests – one looks to America with a fondness for abstract expressionism, while the second is focused on European contemporary artists. For the visitor, this means an ongoing education about the international art scene.
Galerie Ulysses, Opernring 21, Vienna, Austria, +43 1587 1226
From solo exhibits to themed shows, Georg Kargl Gallery focuses on showcasing the best of contemporary artists. The gallery has been operating on Schleifmühlgasse since 1998, and in 2005 they took a creative leap and opened Box on the same street. This new venue represents artists from abroad and gives the gallery another platform in which to hold interesting exhibitions. Artists hosted in the Georg Kargl Gallery in the past have included Austrian multimedia artist Gabi Trinkaus, who uses collage to speak on advertising and the mass media, and a group show of exciting young artists who work with film and video installations. At Box, curators have – among others – joined the works of German installation and object artist Michael Sailstorfer with those of Austrian minimalist painter Herbert Hinteregger.
Georg Kargl, Schleifmühlgasse 5, Vienna, Austria, +43 1585 4199
The open nature of Kerstin Engholm Gallery gives director Kerstin Engholm lots of creative movement when it comes to working with her chosen artists. She prefers to showcase young Austrian and international artists who work in a range of media, but have a strong conceptual approach. Both solo shows and group exhibitions are shown, and artists often have the possibility to create site-specific work, due to the gallery’s unique design and outlook. A group show curated by film artist Anna Jermolaewa working with other film artists and a solo exhibition by Austrian painter Drago Persic are just some of the gallery’s fascinating past exhibitions.
Kerstin Engholm Gallery, Schleifmühlgasse 3, Vienna, Austria, +43 1585 7337
Lukas Feichtner Gallery is dedicated to bringing the contemporary art world to Vienna. Innovative photography, painting, collages and installations are welcome guests here, and the program includes eight different exhibitions every year. These could range from charcoal drawings by Petar Mirkovic to a group sculpture show or perhaps a bold painter such as Stylianos Schicho. The gallery’s clean white space, brightened by natural light, is a lovely backdrop to the vibrant pieces from the artists on display.
Lukas Feichtner Gallery, Seilerstätte 19, Vienna, Austria, +43 1512 0910