Welcome to "Curated by Vienna," an annual gallery festival that transforms Austria's capital into a pulsating hub of contemporary art.

During the festival, Vienna is bustling with artistic events, including the Parallel Vienna and the Vienna Contemporary Art Fair, both of which take place during the same opening week.

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Participating Galleries and Curators: Charim Galerie Wien - Kristian Vistrup Madsen, Crone Wien - María Inés Plaza Lazo, Croy Nielsen - Luca Lo Pinto and Chiara Siravo, E X I L E - Jen Kratochvil, FELIX GAUDLITZ - Matilde Guidelli-Guidi, GIANNI MANHATTAN - Madeleine Planeix-Crocker, Galerie Martin Janda - Dieter Roelstraete, Galerie Kandlhofer - Tevž Logar, Christine König Galerie - Dr. Friedemann Malsch, Krinzinger Schottenfeld - Mohamed Bourouissa, Krobath Wien - Ugo Rondinone, Layr - Gaylen Gerber, Lombardi—Kargl - Kate Sutton, MEYER*KAINER - Eva Birkenstock, Galerie Eva Presenhuber - Giorno Poetry Systems, Gregor Podnar - Gabriela Gantenbein, Galerie nächst St. Stephan Rosemarie Schwarzwälder - Roberta Tenconi, silvia steinek galerie - Katalin Krasznahorkai, SOPHIE TAPPEINER - Kyle Thurman, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman - Marika Kuźmicz, VIN VIN Gallery - Eleonora Milani, Galerie Hubert Winter - blaxTARLINES, WONNERTH DEJACO - Mariana Lemos, Zeller van Almsick - Piero Bisello

This isn't just another art festival; it's a month-long celebration that brings together the crème de la crème of international curators, cutting-edge galleries, and visionary artists.

A Festival Unlike Any Other

What sets Curated by Vienna apart in the crowded landscape of art events?

It's not just about hanging paintings on walls or placing sculptures on pedestals.

This festival is a carefully orchestrated symphony of artistic expression, curatorial vision, and cultural exchange.

The Curator's Touch - Important Cornerstone

Each year, the festival invites renowned international curators to bring their unique perspectives to Vienna's galleries.

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View into the past 2022 Munchies Art Club Mag. Dominique Foertig visited Gallery Kandlhofer which showcased in the Comedy themed curated by Vienna artist Rachel Maclean

These curators aren't just organizers; they're storytellers, weaving narratives through their selection and arrangement of artworks.

It's like having a personal guide through the labyrinth of contemporary art, helping you uncover hidden meanings and make unexpected connections.

A Month-Long Artistic Immersion

Unlike many art fairs that come and go in a whirlwind weekend, Curated by Vienna takes its time. Running for about a month each fall, the festival allows visitors to truly immerse themselves in the art world.

No need to rush from booth to booth or gallery to gallery. Here, you have the luxury of time – to ponder, to revisit, to let the art sink in and perhaps even change your perspective.

More Than Just Exhibitions

While the gallery shows are the stars of the festival, Curated by Vienna offers a rich tapestry of artistic experiences. Talks and panel discussions provide insights into the curatorial process and the themes explored in the exhibitions.

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Galleries in Vienna: Gallery CHRISTINE KÖNIG -> Curated by Vienna gallery festival 2023: CHRISTINE KÖNIG Gallery featuring Agnieszka Grodzińska's "Worker’s Pearls," 2023. The artwork consists of handmade woven rusty nets, approximately 92 cm each element | Courtesy of the artist and Rodriguez Gallery, Poznań.

Workshops offer hands-on experiences for those who want to delve deeper. And let's not forget the networking opportunities – in the convivial atmosphere of Vienna, connections are made, ideas are exchanged, and the art world grows a little closer.

A Journey Through Time and Theme

Each year, Curated by Vienna reinvents itself with a new overarching theme. These themes aren't just catchy titles; they're invitations to explore contemporary issues through the lens of art.

Galleries in Vienna: Curated by 2021 at Gallery Kandlhofer Spotlight featuring Rachel Maclean with a solo show -> Detail Video Still. | Image courtesy by the artist and gallery

From "Untold Narratives" 2024 delving into storytelling and archives, to past themes exploring technology, identity, or global challenges, the festival consistently pushes boundaries and sparks conversations.

Highlights from Past Editions:An overview about the latest Curated by Vienna Highlights:

While each Curated by Vienna is unique, certain elements have become beloved traditions:

Curated by is the annual gallery festival with international curators in Vienna. The archive contains all entries, from the very first festival in 2009 up to today, including information on all curators, galleries and artists involved

2023: Festival Theme "the neutral" with a essay by Maximilian Geymüller

Maximilian Geymüller's festival essay "The Neutral" explores the complex concept of neutrality in a geopolitical and cultural context, especially post-Ukraine war. This theme questions whether neutrality can be a guiding principle for political action or if it is inherently a weak stance.

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Charim Gallery-Exhibition View -> Curator: Lucas Gabellini-Fava, The Shifting Tides of Salt in Your Body, 2022, (Steel, Chalk, Black Paint) - Variable Dimensions; Photo: Flavio Palasciano

Geymüller references Roland Barthes' view of neutrality as an active and subversive force rather than passive indecision. Barthes' notion of the neutral challenges binary oppositions and promotes a "third way" that is vibrant and dynamic, standing for action, resistance, and the potential for transformation.

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The 2023 Curated by festival, inspired by this theme, aims to embody Barthes' vision of the neutral, celebrating nuance and provisionality rather than rigid definitions. It encourages curatorial projects and artistic works that explore transitions, deviations, and undifferentiation.

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Galleries in Vienna -> GIANNI MANHATTAN -> Curator: Anthea Hamilton, Mash Up, 2022installation view, M HKA, Museum of Contemporary Art Antwerp Courtesy the artist and M HKA Antwerp and kaufmann repetto Milan / New York and ThomasDane GalleryPhoto: Kristien Daem

The festival seeks to move beyond traditional binary contexts, embracing the edges and margins of meaning, color, and language.

This approach offers a space for a rich, diverse array of expressions that resist simple classification, aligning with Barthes' idea of neutrality as a vibrant and vital force.

2022: KELET with an Essay by Dieter Roelstraete

In the early 20th century, Hungarian artists and intellectuals founded the avant-garde journal Nyugat in Budapest, symbolizing a westward gaze for artistic and cultural progress.

This western focus, epitomized by Mihaly Biro's iconic 1911 cover design, represented freedom, opportunity, and progress.

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Galleries in Vienna: Sophie Tappainer (Curated by Gallery Festival) Anna Zemánková: Untitled perforated paper, pastel, ballpoint pen, 35 x 50 © Copyright and courtesy: The Artist’s Estate

However, the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine has reignited the age-old east-west divide, highlighting the west as a haven for millions fleeing the conflict. The west is seen as a bastion of reason and safety, contrasting sharply with the eastern image of backwardness and despotism embodied by Putin's regime.

This geopolitical crisis underscores the urgency of reevaluating these entrenched perceptions, particularly in a place like Vienna during such turbulent times.

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Galleries in Vienna: Galerie Krinzinger & Krinzinger Schottenfeld curated by Rita Kálmán & Lívia Páldi „Sensory Tales“ Curated by 2022 -> Artist Aliza Orlan: Hold me until I get fide series of 13 drawings, paper, pencil, 21x29,7 cm. Courtesy the artist

The 2022 Curated by festival, titled "Kelet" (East), invites curators and galleries to turn their focus eastward. This theme challenges the west's traditional "orientalism" and aims to provide a more nuanced and hopeful view of the east.

VIN VIN Gallery curated by Francesco Tenaglia: Eureka! – Curated by 2021
The archive of the gallery festival with international curators in Vienna. / Das Archiv des Galerienfestival mit internationalen Kuratorinnen und Kuratoren in Wien.

By highlighting artists from Eastern Europe and beyond, the festival seeks to present the east not just as a source of conflict and backwardness but as a land of artistic richness and renewal. "Kelet" aspires to create a panoramic and imaginative depiction of the east, from Bratislava to Khabarovsk, emphasizing its potential and vibrancy.

2021 Comedy

Elayne Boosler's quote on gendered stress responses introduces an exploration of carnival comedy's link to tragedy. Michael Jackson's 2002 balcony incident exemplifies carnival comedy’s ability to mix humor and menace, creating humor that both avoids and causes consequences.

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Carnival traditions like masks and inversion blur the lines between tragedy and comedy, with theorists highlighting its power to disrupt social norms and empower marginalized voices through laughter. Modern events continue this spirit, transforming shock into humor.

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Galleries in Vienna -> VIN VIN Gallery curated by Francesco Tenaglia „Eureka!“ -> Frieda Toranzo Jaeger: Allegorie auf die Geschichte nach Sappho Oil on canvas 80 x 198 cm | 31 1/2 x 78 in Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin

Contemporary performances and political mishaps illustrate carnival comedy's evolving nature, emphasizing its role in critiquing societal norms and providing an escape from reality. The journey of carnival comedy remains uncertain, embodying the perpetual dance between comedy and tragedy.

2020: Hybridity: An Amateur History and the Possibility of Freedom with a Essay by Orit Gat

Orit Gat explores the concept of hybridity through mythological hybrids, highlighting their significance in reflecting human exceptionalism, control, and desire. Male hybrids can shapeshift, while female hybrids are often fixed, symbolizing either escape or control.

Mules represent the oldest hybrids, embodying the idea of repeated creation due to their sterility. Gat discusses how myths manage fears by offering control narratives over nature and reproduction, especially relevant during crises like COVID-19.

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Hybrid forms in pop culture, such as vampires and zombies, explore fear and desire in safe spaces outside traditional norms. Hybridity allows for breaking binary structures, fostering new forms of expression and identity, exemplified by evolving gender discourses.

Artists historically utilize hybridity to dissolve boundaries, creating freedom through reassessment and innovation. Gat concludes that hybridity is a powerful tool for liberation and creativity.

Why Vienna?

It's no accident that this festival takes place in Vienna. The city has long been a crucible of creativity, from the classical music of Mozart and Beethoven to the rebellious art of the Secession movement.

Curated by Vienna taps into this rich cultural heritage while firmly planting itself in the contemporary moment.

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Curated by Vienna at Gallery Raum mit Licht (closed) 2022 -> Curated by Vienna at Gallery Raum mit Licht (closed) 2022 -> Galerie Raum mit Licht, curated by Salvatore Viviano during the Curated by Vienna gallery festival, featuring the exhibition "The (Divine) Comedy or The Spell as Art Practice" with artists Gabriele Edlbauer & Julia Goodman, Bruce LaBruce, Booze on Boobs, and Prince Richard.

The city itself becomes part of the exhibition. Baroque palaces house cutting-edge installations.

Modern galleries nestle in historic neighborhoods. It's a juxtaposition that creates a unique energy, a dialogue between past and present that infuses every aspect of the festival.

More Than Just a Festival with Contemporary Art

Curated by Vienna is more than just an annual event; it's a statement about the role of art in society.

By bringing together diverse voices, challenging perspectives, and fostering dialogue, the festival demonstrates the power of art to inspire, provoke, and unite.

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Curated by Vienna 2021 "Comedy" at Gallery Kandlhofer featuring artist Rachel Maclean. | Image Munchies Art Club

For gallerists, it's an opportunity to push boundaries and experiment with new curatorial approaches. For artists, it's a platform to reach new audiences and engage with global art trends. And for visitors, it's a chance to see the world through new eyes, to challenge preconceptions, and perhaps to fall in love with art all over again.

Your Invitation to the Art World

Whether you're a seasoned collector, an aspiring artist, or simply someone who enjoys beautiful and thought-provoking experiences, Curated by Vienna has something for you.

It's an opportunity to engage with art on a deeper level, to be part of a global conversation, and to experience the magic that happens when creative minds come together.

So mark your calendars for next fall. As the leaves begin to turn and a crisp autumn breeze sweeps through Vienna's streets, the city will once again transform into a canvas for the world's most exciting contemporary art.

Curated by Vienna awaits – are you ready to be inspired?

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Curated by, the gallery festival with international curators in Vienna, will enter its 14th round from September 9 to October 8, 2022. Since its founding, the gallery festival has become a central event for contemporary art in Vienna.

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