Imagine Peace

20/9 2017 — 24/9 2017 

Kunsthalle Wien x viennacontemporary

Kunsthalle Wien welcomes you at viennacontemporary – Austria’s international art fair.

This year’s focus is on the current exhibition How To Live Together which deals with the radical political, economic and social changes occuring in our daily lives. How To Live Together shows works by more than thirty international artists from different generations that offer new strategies and perspectives of living together.

At viennacontemporary Kunsthalle Wien presents Ayzit Bostan’s work Imagine Peace. Her contribution to the exhibition is a print that features on the clothing worn by the guards of Kunsthalle Wien. It consists of the words “Imagine Peace” in Arabic writing, a reference to John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s legendary song from 1971. As an anti-religious, anti-nationalist, and anti-capitalist statement, the song continues to convey a clear message throughout different social spheres. In Arabic, the line develops a pictorial form, a graphic pattern, and is only recognisable as an appeal in its translation.

Ayzit Bostan developed the label in reaction to her observation that western brand names and logos on clothing also dominate non-western regions of the world, also in the shape of second hand products or imitations. She intended the design as a proposal for communication. While some might find the Arabic writing disconcerting, parts of society are receptive to its message.

At our booth at viennacontemporary you can purchase Ayzit Bostan’s work at a special price of EUR 50.

The team of Kunsthalle Wien is looking forward to welcome you at our booth B41!

Opening hours

Wed September 20, 6 – 9 pm (with invitation only)
Thu September 21, 11 am – 7 pm
Fri September 22, 11 am – 7 pm
Sat September 23, 11 am – 6 pm
Sun September 24, 11 am – 6 pm

Marx Halle Vienna
Karl-Farkas-Gasse 19, 1030 Wien


Thu September 21, 2017

12:30 pm
Art Encounters 2017, Timișoara & Arad, Second Edition
An open door to an art scene between a long history and a short story

Ami Barak, Curator, Art Encounters Biennale
Ovidiu Șandor, President, Art Encounters Foundation, Timișoara
Nicolaus Schafhausen, Director, Kunsthalle Wien
(Within the framework of the Talks: Borderline of viennacontemporary)

3:30 pm
Presenting / Representing
Leonard Qylafi in conversation with Vanessa Joan Müller

Leonard Qylafi, who presents his work in the Albanian pavilion at the 57th Venice Biennale, is talking to Vanessa Joan Müller, curator of the exhibition. What does it mean to represent your country at the most important Biennale, which is still subdivided in pavilions for the various exhibiting countries? What significant value does the idea of nationality still hold in an international setting? (Talk in English)

4:30 Uhr
How to Gather – Book Launch
Anna Jermolaewa and Anastasiya Yarovenko in conversation with Marie Egger

The globalized world at the beginning of the 21st century is cross-linked all over and at the same time fraught with conflicts and antagonic dead ends. How to Gather brings a remarkable group of cultural and academic thinkers together, who discuss and think about how to overcome the problems. The book contains essays, artistic articles and commentaries from more than 100 contributors. How to Gather. Acting Relations, Mapping Positions is a result of the 6th Moscow Biennale of contemporary art in 2015, which dealt with questions of living together.

Anna Jermolaewa and Anastasiya Yarovenko both created new works for the Moscow Biennale. They are talking to the co-curator and publisher Marie Egger about their experiences in Moscow and their contributions to the publication.

Edited by the curators of the Moscow Biennale, Bart de Baere, Defne Ayas, and Nicolaus Schafhausen, along with Marie Egger, How to Gather is published by the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art Rotterdam, Kunsthalle Wien, the Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, and V-A-C Foundation Moscow.