What to Do in Vienna This Week

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Esben Weile Kjaer »Hardcore Freedom« 2020, Copenhagen Contemporary, Denmark. Photo by David Stjernholm. Courtesy Claus Andersen Gallery.

Essentials August 30–September 5

The »Weekly Essentials« present our top picks of the most exciting events and exhibition openings you shouldn’t miss this week.

Monday, August 30

OPENING SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION
»Haus 2021«
The collaborative, non-commercial exhibition format that brings together a variety of artistic, curatorial and discursive interventions in an intimate setting, takes place for the second time with over 60 participants and many familar face like Anna Hostek, caner teker, Kea Bolenz, Malte Zander, Melanie Ebenhoch, Jackie Grassmann, Leonie Huber and Irina Lotarevich. The aim is to provide a low-threshold mediation platform for contemporary artistic production and the surrounding discourse and community.
Oststation am Kempelenpark
Quellenstraße 2, 1100 

OPENING SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION
Ruth Novaczek »Retrospective«
Ruth Novaczeks films and poems map out a very personal landscape, encompassing queer rites of passage, a female gaze and being in and outside of love. Using found footage, aphorism and live action the films are diasporic stand-up, feminist mash-ups, poetic, irreverent musings.On the opening night, the artist will perform live in the space, intersecting poetry and improvisation, spoken words and music.
Kunstverein Gartenhaus
Kandlgasse 12/3–4,1070 

Tuesday, August 31

OPENING
Claudia Sandoval Romero »Strategies of Visibilization«
From a subjective-critical perspective and by addressing questions about representation, positioning in the artistic field and power relationships within the museological context, the exhibition seeks to contribute to the debates about loss, mourning and restitution of women having been denied a position in the art field.
Mz. Baltazars Laboratory
Jägerstraße 52-54, 1200

OPENING
»Future Music«
This Group exhibition gathers works by Patrick Baumüller Karø Goldt Kaja Clara Joo, Johann Lurf, Walter Mirtl and Laura Wagner.
Fotogalerie Wien
Währinger Straße 59, 1090

Wednesday, September 1

PERFORMANCE HAUS
Haus Program 
Barbara Kapusta & Steph Holl-Trieu »Wien 100/x938 - x945 or: How the present loses its future to the past«
Oststation am Kempelenpark
Quellenstraße 2, 1100 

OPENING
Monica Bonvicini »Stagecage«
Galerie Krinzinger
Seilerstätte 16, 1010

CONCERT
GISCHT + ALSO
Rhiz
U-Bahnbogen 37, 1080

PARTY
Format.wav »Dystopian Dance Music«
The members of the project space Format(*.strk) Anemona, Egon Schielte and DJ STEVE invite to an open air party. 
Fluc
Praterstern 5, 1020

Thursday, September 2

OPENING SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION
Tarek Lakhrissi »I wear my wounds on my tongue«
A newly conceived installation by poet and artist Tarek Lakhrissi, interweaving peculiar sculpture, poetics of language and the creation of counter-spaces.
Kevin Space
Volkertplatz 14, 1020

OPENING
Alan Butler »Ein Vorbild bildendes Abbild eines Bildes« 
Alan Butler explores the materiality of digital objects from simulated worlds through modes of traditional photography and lens based media. 
EIKON Schauraum
MQ, Museumsplatz 1, 1070

OPENING
viennacontemporary
The Art fair is presenting selected Central and Eastern European galleries and ZONE1 – curated by Franziska Sophie Wildförster –, which exclusively features artists under 40, who live, work or have been educated in Austria: Olivia Coeln (Georg Kargl Fine Arts), Kathi Hofer (Gabriele Senn Galerie), Katharina Höglinger (Wonnerth Dejaco), Nikita Kadan (Voloshyn Gallery), Jelena Micić (Galerie3), Michèle Pagel (Meyer Kainer), Dan Vogt (shore).
Alte Post
Postgasse 10, 1010

Friday, September 3

OPENING
Lisa Holzer »Eyes hold things differently«
LAYR Coburgbastei
Theodor-Herzl-Platz, 1010

PERFORMANCE CONCERT LECTURE HAUS
Haus Program
Interventions by Nana Dahlin, maria mercedes (Camilla Schielin, Julia Müllner and Yoh Morishita), Kamron Hazel and Nat Marcus.
Oststation am Kempelenpark
Quellenstraße 2, 1100 

CONCERT
15+1 YEARS OF SILUH RECORDS
Several times the event was postponed. Now it’s finally time to celebrate the long lasting existence of the Viennese indie label with the band Dives and Culk. 
WUK
Währinger Str. 59, 1090

Saturday, September 4

OPENING SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION
Curated by »COMEDY«
This year’s theme allows curators and writers to articulate their own understanding of comedy, tragedy and possibly of contradictions, overlaps and symbiosis. An invitation to talk deeply about historical artistic moments, but includes political activism and the current situation as comedy can only co-exist with tragedy. Don’t miss the exhibtions at EXILE (curator: Cindy Sissokho), FELIX GAUDLITZ (Curators: Niloufar Emamifar and Pujan Karambeigi), GIANNI MANHATTAN (Curator: Sarah Johanna Theurer), Layr (Curators: Studio for Propositional Cinema), shore (Curator: Bonny Poon), SOPHIE TAPPEINER (Curator: Lisa Long) and Zeller van Almsick (Curators: The Performance Agency). 

OPENING
Johanna Charlotte Trede »Gaps and Spaces«
Georg Kargl PERMANENT
Schleifmühlgasse 17, 1040

PARTY
MEAT Limited
With DJ sets by Vincent Neumann, Gerald VDH and Annika Stein.
Fluc Wanne
Praterstern 5, 1020

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