Ernesto Neto and the Huni Kuin @ TBA 21, Vienna

“Every artist looks for the avantgarde …and I realize the avantgarde is the old, because they are in the front, they are the future” Ernesto Neto. “We are not primitive, we are contemporary because we are also living, we are also thinking”. With this statement one of the Pajés, the Amerindian artists and spiritual healers…

Birgit Megerle – Suite @ Emanuel Layr Gallery, Vienna

Quintessential / crystallized. In the small corridor at the entrance, I am welcomed by Suite, 2015, a work – a digital print – that represents a musical instrument: a triangle held by a human hand. One would expect analogue works in the main room of the gallery but this would be wrong. I enter the…

Destination Vienna 2015. Kunsthalle – Vienna

Destination Vienna 2015, inaugurated on April 16th with more than 70 artists that were selected from an open call of 900 applications. The aim, as the title states, is to “provide a  a comprehensive insight into Vienna’s art scene.” Despite the huge amount of works, the visual result in the first room is positive, including…

Rare Earth @ TBA21, Vienna

Technical: “As defined by IUPAC, a rare earth element (REE) or rare earth metal is one of a set of seventeen chemical elements in the periodic table, specifically the fifteen lanthanides, as well as scandium and yttrium.” Economical: “Rare earth elements are not exchange-traded in the same way that precious (for instance, gold and silver) or non-ferrous metals (such as nickel, tin, copper, and aluminium) are. Instead they are sold on the private market, which…

Sleepless. The Bed in History and Contemporary Art @ 21er Haus, Vienna

Birth, Love, Solitude, Illness, Death, Political, Violence, Mythical, Anthropomorphic. Entering a room dedicated to birth and being welcomed by a twisted, inclined cradle is a nice surprise. I had a different idea of birth, but Robert Gober with Pitched Crib,1987, sees the event this way. More classical but probably more ambiguous is Jota Castro’s vision…