Spark art fair Vienna 2022 concluded its second edition successfully proving they are here to stay!
The second edition of the Spark art fair 2022 took place once again at the historical Marx Halle in Vienna, Austria.
The Spark Art Fair was launched in June 2021, and 9 months later, the fair took place at its official date, end of March.
Renger van den Heuvel and his team has once again created an event not to be missed, kicking off this March, the Austrian art season.
Even though the fair is new on the Austrian art market, it has already established itself as a contemporary and curated art event with growing support from Austrian galleries, institutions and authorities.
The SPARK Art Fair presented over 80 national and international contemporary art galleries, with 20 more international galleries than last year.
The galleries exhibited 99 Solo presentations, for the fairs exclusive concept of one artist per booth. This approach motivated and inspired many artists to produce new work for the fair.
From prominent to young positions, there was an exquisite selection on view.
The approach of displaying only one artist per booth allowed the visitors once again to immerse themselves in the work on view and engage with the artists in a pleasant and intimate setting.
Another remarkable fact about the fair is that from the 99 artistic positions shown, 52 were female artists.
Additionally, the SPARK presented three curated sections: ‘Spark Expanded’, ‘Photography’ and ‘The Fourth Wall’. Inviting for these special sections, the curators Christoph Doswald, Bettina Leidl, Marieke Wiegel, and Fiona Liewehr.
The curators focus lay on new artists, diverse perspectives, and reaching a broader target audience.
At the fair, a cubic white box and an open door with pink neon letters saying Nici's bar by Beni Bischof represented by the Nicola von Senger gallery was definitely everyone’s highlight.
Entering this inconspicuous cube, it immediately transported me into another world, awakening memories of an old sailor’s bar in Hamburg open at all hours.
I immediately became immersed into a world that had such a real and old feeling to it, I couldn't believe that they had set it up just days before. Chapeau!
The gallery Kandlhofer I can not lie, is one of my favorite galleries in Vienna. Always surprising and exhibiting an exciting selection of artists in their awesome space in the 4th Viennese district.
Last year they presented work from the contemporary artist Karl Karner and this year once again impressed with their extraordinary booth presenting the artists Nana Mandl and Alexander Basil.
A wonderful new discovery was the gallery Jo Van De Loo and the exceptional paintings from the artist Monika Michalko.
My dear friend and mentor Josephine Wagner from the gallery Raum mit Licht displayed the works of Austrian talent Onka Allmayer-Beck and her alluring organic creature-like ceramic sculptures.
Simon Lehner is another another exciting young talent we discovered at this year’s art fair. Represented by Koenig2 By_Robby Greif, Lehners work was striking, enticing the viewer to delve into the work on view.
The Dutch photographic artist Margaret Lansink bares her inner emotions in her extraordinary work.
At this years Spark the artist shared work from four series inspired by the concept of beauty of imperfections and impermanence. A wonderful encounter on and off line.
The SPARK art fair seems to have a knack for extremely good weather, the two events so far have been sun-drenched days, so should you plan to get married in Vienna, and are worried about the weather get married during the Spark weekend, sunny weather will be a guarantee!
The SPARK has created an important platform for the Austrian art scene. In just one year, the fair has become a key contemporary art fair receiving acceptance from the art communities nationally and internationally with just two editions.
The selection and we show only a few positions, has been exquisite. From prominent galleries like the Christine König gallery who presented the wonderful Maruša Sagadin, as well as new and budding young galleries such as the City gallery Wien showing the emerging artist Stefania Batoeva, the Spark gave us a selection from the very best!
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We thank Renger van den Heuvel and his team for sharing with us first hand press-material, an invitation to the SPARK Art Fair opening, and for enriching all our lives with this undeniably exceptional event.