In this section you find an overview of our current, upcoming and past exhibitions.
LACK, GOLD UND FARBE – DIE FRAUEN DES FRÉDÉRIC LÉGLISE
From December 7th, 2020 to February 6th, 2021 the Viennese Private Art Club ART 9TEEN will be showing portraits of women by the Parisian painter under the title “Lack, Gold und Farbe – Die Frauen des Frédéric Léglise”, which are in constant dialogue with self-portraits by the master of contemporary figurative art Art.
In 2012 Léglise made his debut in Vienna in the group exhibition “GOLD” in the Lower Belvedere, following on from this, ART 9TEEN wants to put a highlight of the winter season with this exhibition and dive deeper into the work of the French painter and present it in Vienna. Mostly it is portraits of Asian women that Léglise represents. His image composition is very clear, at times amazingly simple. It is no coincidence that Léglise is reminiscent of Gustav Klimt and the Vienna Secession. This becomes particularly clear in the way in which Léglise uses gold as well as oil and lacquer. Even the topic of crossing borders and bringing nudity out of the private moment into the public is reminiscent of Klimt. Most of his models move naturally in everyday contemporary situations. To the viewer, it seems as if women are enjoying this moment. The painter encounters the model and the situation of their enjoyment in the adoration of a French knight. This is expressed in the delicacy of the presentation and its color scheme courting femininity.
In February 2016 the French “Beaux Art Magazin” celebrates the work of Frédéric Léglise on the cover as “The great return of the figurative”.
Léglise, who also teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Grenoble, is one of the leading French artists with exhibitions in Paris, Basel, Seoul, Athens and Tehran, among others.
“Lack, Gold und Farbe – Die Frauen des Frédéric Léglise” is on show from December 7th, 2020 to February 6th, 2021.
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Maria Corejova “Drawings …and Contents” from 09. February – 20. March. More details soon…
OANA IONEL – SECRET STORIES OF DANUBE RIVER
From September 9th – November 20th we are presenting paintings and drawings by Bucharest artist Oana Ionel. The exhibition proposes an immersive experience inside vast lyrical abstract spaces as symbols of the surrounding vibrant life, reconfiguring a potentially mnemonic map of the river Danube and its secret stories.
“In a reality where the tendency to build walls seems more enduring than the will to create bridges, the question arises as to how optimal a cultural diversity can coexist in a common space. An elementary answer can be drawn around the notions of esteem, empathy and resilience. Along the river, the borders become permeable, abstract and metaphoric.”
Danube River is described as one cultural region which enables diversity and requires respect. Oana Ionel is known for her sociological narratives on a meta-political level, as well as for her clear compositions and strong colors.
Oana Ionel (b.1984) lives and works in Bucharest, Romania. She graduated the „National University of Fine Arts” (Bucharest). She holds a PhD in Visual Arts since 2018; she is also a graduate of the „Faculty of Psychology” (The University of Bucharest). Between 2009 and 2010 she studied at „Ecole Supérieure d’art” (Grenoble, France.
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“Secret Stories of Danube River” was on view September 9th until November 20th, 2020 and has been under the patronage of Dr. Erhard Busek, former Vice-Chancellor of Austria.
Yes, there are art lovers and collectors in Romania who are passionate about contemporary international art from different continents. The exhibition wants to show that and that the collectors look around in New York, London, Berlin and other cultural hot spots, and yet one does not lose touch with the home. The concept of the exhibition follows this expanse and unites the different positions without being overloaded. What is striking about all the differences in the portfolios is the fact that Romanian collectors place great value on the style, quality, aesthetics and message of the artist.
The exhibition GLOBAL CONTEMPORARY – Art from Romanian private collections includes 22 works by 14 artists such as Maximilan Arnold (D), Teodora Axente (RO), Stefania Batoeva (BG), Robert Davies (USA), Jens Einhorn (D), Oana Ionel (RO), Peter Krauskopf (D), Frédéric Leglise (F), Maxim Liulca (MD), Armin Mühsam (USA), Ciprian Muresan (RO), Birgit Reiner (D), Radu Rodideal (RO), Yonatan Vinitsky (IL/GB)
“Global Contemporary” was on view from June 24th to September 4th, 2020.
REMAPPING THE FUTURE
The idea for this exhibition came up in the times of lockdown, because of COVID-19. While people are not allowed to leave their houses without essential reasons, shops, factories and companies are closed and the world is caught up in a lockdown, in order to avoid the virus, a group of four Slovakian artists started to remap the future.
They developed an own draft of the map of their future. Preparing the exhibition and even simple things as transporting artworks brought the four artists and the gallery to their limits, or lets say to the borders of their present mapping. Borders thought by humans are coming and going, it seems to be an eternal circle.
But honestly, the time of staying in our houses showed us that it is possible but not necessary to run around and travel like ants. It is possible as well to stay at home and enjoy the family as a safe harbour, and to respect and appreciate nature. This is the main idea in the works of Alena Adamikova. She points it out like that “The animals on the heads of the Infantas in my works represent the protectors from the nature, nature is here for us, we humans somehow don’t notice it”. In her lyrical work, Alena Adamikova is inspired by the Baroque paintings of great masters as Diego Velasquez. She leads us in a remapped future of family, harmony and fairytales.
As well the map of the structures of our daily behavior is changing. Everything is ordered with guide-lines as in the work of Maria Corejova. Even in Isolation caused by COVID-19 the life is more systematic, clear, clean, functional, but there is a window. The individual freedom to create your own life. It will get more and more important. This is one of the main thematics in the work of Maria Corejova, the understanding and meaning of individual freedom. Remapping the future, creating another plan of the future means nowadays to put this plan on the ground of a new understanding of freedom: The freedom of others and our-selves.
Kristina Mesaros looks in her works behind the mystery of time and space, in order to describe a magic phantasy world in a contemporary and timeless symbolism. Her work is different than phantastic realism, as it had been brought up by great Viennese masters as Ernst Fuchs. Her work is more than the continuation of surrealism but she develops a kind of magic realism, which is fascinating the observer, who is almost falling into the scenery. Her artworks are the kind of works you never forget.
In the works of Olga Pastekova we are coming back to the role of nature in our daily life. She is a figurative painter, but working and experimenting with wood and other materials. This rare combination expresses a certain myth behind her work. She is engraving, cutting, painting over it, filling the wood with color, painting with fire, burning the wood and integrating the black scars of nature into the expression of her reminder, that the real myths and legends in our life are those who combine reality and nature and look behind it. In her work black is not a color, it becomes a memory.
All four artists are representing a generation of self-confident and strong Central European women. In their diversity they are unified to be ready to remap the future, their own future, the future of their families, of nature and the future of Europe, even after the lockdown.
“Remapping the future” was on view from May 2nd to June 19th, 2020.