17.10 - 30.11.2014

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Place: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, exhibition hall

Organizers: National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Federal Chancellery of Austria

Co-organizer: Austrian Cultural Forum in Moscow

Curator: Karin Zimmer

Coordinators: Aliya Berdygalieva, Bernhard Rehn

Artists: Iris Andraschek, Catrin Bolt, Adriana Czernin, Josef Dabernig, Judith Fegerl, Rainer Gamsjger, Michael Goldgruber, Nilbar Gures, Maria Hahnenkamp, Michael Hopfner, Siggi Hofer, Franz Kapfer, Ulrike Konigshofer, Leopold Kessler, Hubert Lobnig, Bele Marx and Gilles Mussard, Anna Mitterer, David Moises and Chris Janka, Bernd Oppl, Esther Stocker, Bernhard Wolf, Hannes Zebedin


The opening’s program on October 16:

Press show at 18.00
Exhibition opening at 19.00
Music dj-performance by Monique Fessl at 20.00


Desiring the Real. Austria Contemporary exhibition will introduce NCCA with the Federal Chancellery of Austria within the Austrian cultural season in Russia for the Russian audience to the works of renowned masters and representatives of the new generation of Austrian artists studying various types of relationships between art and the surrounding reality.

Created as a mobile project, the exhibition has already been to Serbia, Mexico, Croatia, Italy, Macedonia, Turkey, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Cuba. In Russia, the exhibition premiere took place this summer at the NCCA Volga Branch in Nizhny Novgorod. The audience in the capital will get the chance to see at 16 October – 30 November 2014.

The special guest of exhibition opening is musician and producer Monique Fessl. Already the first release with her band “Back to Godhead”, a classical guitar band formation, wins at the Austrian SKYPE CONTEST and made the second place Europe-wide.

The works by 24 artists on display at the Moscow NCCA is just a small part of the unique national collection of Austrian contemporary art, Artothek, holding over 36 000 pieces purchased over the last 30 years for the Austrian Federal Art Collection. Part of the collection is permanently housed by Austrian federal institutions, including universities, ministries and government offices, while the rest of the art works get displayed at temporary exhibitions.

The exhibition participants offer various art models of the relationship with the surrounding reality. Reflection on the socio-political reality remains an important trend in the works of Leopold Kessler, Hannes Zebedin, Franz Kapfer and others. Critique of the current regime and the contemporary system of maintaining it, various aspects of social and gender politics, freedom of opinions and action – all these issues, according to artist Nilbar Gures, significantly widen and deepen the space of public discussions around the most pressing problems of social life, if not completely turning “art into politics”.

Constructed or staged reality, the borderline between the real and the imaginary worlds, where reality and fiction blend and the models of everyday human behavior motivate one to give up his sense of self for the benefit of the collective self – these are the topics studied by artists (Iris Andraschek, Catrin Bolt, Siggi Hofer and others.

Issues of social identity, the feeling of emptiness and loss of social and personal coordinates so typical for a modern human, the order of things and its destruction get a unique interpretation in the works by Esther Stocker, Adriana Czernin, Josef Dabernig, David Moises and others.

Judith Fegerl, Michael Goldgruber, Michael Hopfner, Bele Marx and Margherita Spiluttini work with real spaces, examining why and how humans intrude on the landscape. They interpret the real space not only as a geographical given but also as a space of perception and imagination.

And immerse yourself in the actual processes of modern Austrian art, and enable a variety of unusual events on the format of the parallel program of the exhibition.

Parallel Program
The program events give the audience a chance to learn about the history of contemporary Austrian art and the current processes happening in Austrian art life today. The events target the widest possible audience: there is a lecture, a culinary performance, a master class on playing the electromusical instrument termenvox, and a discussion on young art in Austria and Russia.



Adriana Czernin. Untitled. 2002
From the collection of the Austrian Federal Art Collection Artothek

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