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Kahan Art Space Vienna

Kahán Art Space Vienna focuses on artists who work with current social, economic and political subjects. In this sense, art explores questions about our existence and co-existence, as these are also indicators of an open and democratic society after all.

A space for art and dialogue, Kahán Art Space Vienna was established in the second district of Vienna, where the editorial office of the Austrian political and social periodical DATUM and the office of the Austrian publisher of the German weekly newspaper DIE ZEIT are also located. A communication bridge between these institutions is created by KRAUS café and bar, which also serves as an additional event venue.

The concept of the exhibition

In what ways are we exposed to a deprivation of liberty, to oppression, and to exploitation today? What can be said about the situation of fundamental rights and freedoms? What artistic reactions and interventions can be found out there relevant to these questions? Kahán Art Space Vienna sheds light on these questions and reveals the current trends around these themes.

Still it doesn’t reduce art to a mere political and social dimension but makes its potential for a free and independent life and way of thinking visible and turns it into something that can be experienced. Kahán Art Space Vienna focuses on the work and views of artists who challenge existing behavioural and idealistic conventions, who create the opportunity for a new interpretation of social, historical and political conditions, and thereby sharpen and change our view of the world and its issues. Over this process, the innovative power and critical thinking of art encourages us to question the usual categories, concepts or supposed objectivity, to consider alternative options, and to place ourselves in unusual perspectives. Thus, the venue sees the creative process and practice as a method of investigating issues that are not addressed socially or are being suppressed.

Kahán Art Space Vienna holds four individual or group exhibitions every year. But the meaning of art does not only manifest itself in works of art and art projects—it embeds itself into various dialogues formulating first between the artists and the artwork, then between the artwork and the public, and finally, among various public spaces. The communication of artistic thoughts, views and statements are supported and accompanied by guided visits, discussions and workshops. The self-managed art communication programme organised with the involvement of the artists is primarily aimed at the direct area (mostly schools).

Due to COVID-19 the first exhibition is delayed and will be held in the beginning of 2021.

Proposal and requirements

Please send us an informative introduction of your previous creative work together with your curriculum vitae and an actual proposal for the exhibition.  The proposal must include the following:

  • a short description of the exhibition
  • a presentation of the works (a maximum of 5 typical paintings/sketches/photos)
  • planned time of the exhibition
  • information on the material and technical requirements (e.g. technical installation) necessary for the exhibition.

Please send the documents only in English or German to artspace@evakahanfoundation.org.

Kahán Art Space Vienna is looking forward to receiving your proposal!
 

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