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Vienna Art Week: A Signal to the Galleries

Published on , by Vanessa Schmitz-Grucker

Vienna Art Week is taking place in the Austrian capital from November 12 to 19, with 200 events scheduled and 35,000 visitors expected.

  Vienna Art Week: A Signal to the Galleries

Bringing together leading museums, including the Leopold Museum, as well as art galleries and auction houses, the event highlights a Viennese scene fond of digital art, aligned with the most current issues. The 2021 theme, "Losing Control," is a direct reference to today's health crisis and tomorrow's climate challenges. Around 200 events, hosted by 70 partners, will provide an analysis of local trends to the 35,000-odd visitors expected.

Dorotheum, the world's oldest auction house founded by Joseph I in 1707, is a member of Art Cluster Vienna, the fair's organizer, and a partner and sponsor of Vienna Art Week. With 700 sales each year, it is the most active auction house in Central Europe. It has set world records for both Flemish masters (€1.4 M in June 2020, the second-highest bid for Pieter Coecke Van Aelst the Elder) and Austrian moderns (just under €1 M on June 22, 2021, for a winter sports scene by Alfons Walde), as well as for the country's contemporary artists (€1.3 M on June 23, 2021, for an oil painting by Maria Lassnig).

The auction house shares this dynamic energy with the galleries highlighted in this edition. Crone is presenting for the first time a solo exhibition of Otto Zitko (b. 1959), the guest at an event at the Leopold Museum on November 17, while Ernst Hilger is offering collages by Andreas Leikauf. As a sign of the times, the Krinzinger Gallery is focusing on video with Hans Schabus, a representative of the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2005.


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