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The exhibition programme of Kunsthalle Exnergasse is selected by an Advisory Panel in cooperation with Kunsthalle Exnergassse. For more information on applications to exhibit through the annual Open Call please visit Call for Proposals in the menu.

Programme 2017

Elsewhere is Nowhere
Opening: January 18, 2017, 7 pm
Exhibition: January 19 - March 4, 2017
Curators: Sven Bergelt, Ya-Wen Fu 
Artists: Sven Bergelt, Ya-Wen Fu, Nicolás Rupcich, Sebastian Stumpf, Aluan Wang, Christina Werner, Tsui Kuang-Yu
Previous exhibition venue: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts Taichung, November 26, 2016 to February 19, 2017 
Ya-Wen Fu, Space-in-Between, Perfomance Halle14 Leipzig, ©Nicolás Rupcich, Courtesy Kunstfond, Staatliche Kunstsammlung Dresden, 2014
The exhibition Elsewhere is Nowhere takes contemporary humanitarian values and current geopolitics in Europe, Africa, and Asia as a starting point for its examination of the subject of “escape”. The escape of refugees has becomes an inherent part of the globalised world, an inseparable aspect of the present. 
The core question proposed by this exhibition is: Are there topoi inherent in the theme “escape” which can exist independently of its causes? The artists do not deal with social or political case studies; instead the exhibition collects artworks that approach the topic through formal abstraction. The aim is to find intercultural and transnational perspectives and similarities that spark reflections upon the subject “escape”, while deconstructing the stereotypical media image and directing visibility to the typically invisible yet ubiquitous realms.

elastic collisions
Opening: March 15, 2017, 7 pm
Exhibition: March 16 - April 4, 2017
Curators: Janine Eggert, Sibylle Jazra, Marte Kiessling, and Christopher Sage
Performance programme curator: Peter Kozek 
Artists: Stefan Alber, Alexandra Baumgartner, Ulu Braun, Janine Eggert und Philipp Ricklefs, Peter Fritzenwallner, Ingo Gerken, Stef Heidhues, Thomas Hörl, John Isaacs , Sibylle Jazra, Marte Kiessling,  Bjørn Melhus, Thomas und Renée Rapedius, Alona Rodeh, Christoph Rothmeier, Barbis Ruder, Christopher Sage, Sebastiano Sing, Sööt/Zeyringer, Julischka Stengele, Tommy Støckel

Artistic exchange between Berlin and Vienna has always yielded new constellations and synergies but also resistance and rivalries. elastic collisions takes it up a notch:
A selection of 15 works from the exhibition Arcadia Unbound – a part of the 2015 Berlin Art Week in the former GDR radio station – will be placed in a new frame of reference in the Kunsthalle Exnergasse. The select works from Berlin, all from the realm of sculpture in the broadest sense, form the basis for performative interventions by eight Viennese artists. They explore various stagings of space, body, and action processes through their very different approaches to performance. Through reciprocities between specific media, an open space is created in the exhibition space, which facilitates confrontation and connection at the same time.

40 Years IntAkt / Self-Portrait – Context: Image of Women
Opening: May 10, 2017, 7 pm
Symposium: May 17, 2017, 3.30 pm - 6:30 pm
Exhibition: May 11 - May 24, 2017

The history of the association IntAkt and its political founding moments will be presented and reflected upon in the framework of an IntAkt Labor. A major exhibition by members on the topic “Self-Portrait” displays the self-conception of the individual artists and aims to stimulate a discussion about the “Image of Women in the Public Sphere”, also in terms of the role of IntAkt. It will be complemented by – playful, sensual, ironic, and critical – block installations/interventions such as IntAkt-Labor, Kletterwand, Kunstbuffet, WeWork, Denkmal, and Black Box.

Opening: June 21, 2017, 7 pm
Exhibition: June 22 – 24, 2017
Exhibiting Artists: Clemens Reinecke, Alexander Gehrke, Eric Winkler, Tony Franz, Svenja Wichmann, Andreas Ullrich, Mathieu Tremblin, Paul Waak, Tilman Hornig, Alexander Endrullat, Marian Luft, Tine Günther, Sascha Hundorf, Kimmo Modig, Elisabeth Rosenthal, Felix Meunier, Camille Fischer, Amanda Pino, Ronny Szillo, Paul Barsch, Lucie Freynhagen, Andy Kania, Ernst Markus Stein, more to be announced
Alexander Gehrke, 2016
“Some things make a great appearance. It is you, it is us and the holes in the world. This is so contemporary. It is radically why-not. Don’t forget, it is all completely made up and doesn’t help anyone! Just like any other thing: MAY OR MAY NOT BE A THING.” Contemporary fine art enters into a dialogue with fashion, theory, and consumption within a globalised world. International artists present themselves with an impressive range of contemporary art products. Lots of artistic innovations will be part of this new kind of art show in which models present the artworks in a choreography between dance, super-aerobics, and audio-visual installation during a live event on June 21, 2017, which has been specially designed for Vienna.
INTERNATIONAL TOPSELLERS is an exhibition format at the interface of installation art and performative event, a situation piece that was first performed in 2016 in Dresden, Germany. The edition for the Kunsthalle Exnergasse presents artistic works in cooperation with exhibition spaces from Leipzig, Dresden, and Vienna.

in awe
Opening: September 13, 2017, 7 pm
Exhibition: September 14 - October 25, 2017 

Daphne Ahlers, Olga Balema, Jana Euler, Morgan Fisher, Josefin Granqvist, Elisabeth Greinecker, Lena Henke, Laura Hinrichsmeyer, Anna Holtz, Lisa Holzer, Nina Könnemann, Anita Leisz, Michele Di Menna, Cecilie Nørgaard, Rosa Rendl, Ulla Rossek, Lilli Thießen, Jan Vorisek, Nicole Wermers 
Curated by Melanie Ohnemus
Daphne Ahlers, Never Let Jealousy Threaten Female Bonds, 2017

In earlier usage the expression being in awe referred to a state distinguished by a rather transcendental experience: a reverence for an other-worldly entity that spontaneously seizes one, intervenes in perception and/or the real circumstances, and perhaps fundamentally changes them forever. In the meanwhile, the word awe has undergone an etymological transformation, culminating in a tentative end manifestation with the ubiquitous, new word creation uttered thousands of times per day: awesome.  
The funny thing is that many Europeans cannot even pronounce awe properly – while awesome isn’t a problem. Awe remains secretive, singular, and encrypted for us in communication. The main idea behind the exhibition in awe is simple: With many artists there was a moment when I was in awe – or better put, in admiration – of a work, the oeuvre, or an experience with the person. For me, being in awe means a moment of appreciation that you feel with your complete body and is inevitably inscribed into your memory. 

Slow Down!
Opening: November 8, 2017, 7 pm
Exhibition: November 9 - December 16, 2017
Artists: Helga Fanderl, Philipp Fleischmann, Rosa John, Björn Kämmerer, Johann Lurf, Susanne Miggitsch, Peter Miller, Sasha Pirker, Viktoria Schmid, Antoinette Zwirchmayr 
Exhibition display: Michael Klein

Philipp Fleischmann, Untitled
Beginning in the 1920s, 16mm film stood for a cost-effective alternative to 35mm film. This technical leap entered into socio-political and private realms, and signified independence from major film studios. The subsequent accomplishments of genres such as Direct Cinema or Personal Cinema developed out of the new more portable technical possibilities and cheaper production costs associated with 16mm. 
16mm film has since become a costly challenge for artists. Technical hurdles such as limited access to film stock and a lack of developing facilities have caused only a handful of laboratories to work with this formerly inexpensive material, causing its price to skyrocket. 
While classic cinemas are dying out, the 16mm medium is garnering renewed attention in exhibition spaces. The exhibition Slow Down! establishes productive moments of artistic reduction with film in regards to film installations that exceed the two-dimensional space of the projection screen and reclaim the exhibitions space for itself. 

As from 09/2017, subject to alterations.