Our exhibition program for 2022 is driven by the conviction that art is not a luxury item for a supposed elite but a communicative space for testing a free society’s possibilities of thought and action with artistic means. With the new program, which WHW have developed together with the curatorial team of Kunsthalle Wien, we therefore once again focus on art’s critical-reflexive potential.
In 2022, we will continue our collaboration with local institutions and initiatives. A vivid example of this cooperative approach is the Kunsthalle Wien Prize, which we realize together with the two local art academies. The new edition of the corresponding group exhibition in an expanded format will launch our new program in February 2022.
For 2022, we have planned thematic group exhibitions as well as solo presentations of contemporary artists that will continue to lend the house a unique profile within Vienna’s dense art and cultural scenes. Katrina Daschner, Sanja Iveković, and Rajkamal Kahlon will each present their work in solo shows. Like the extensive group exhibitions Defiant Muses: Delphine Seyrig and the Feminist Video Collectives in 1970s and 1980s France and On Work and Its Absence, they address feminist, anti-colonial, anti-fascist, and/or ecological discourses.
Another focus of the new exhibition year is the collaboration with prominent, internationally active guest curators: Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez and Giovanna Zapperi (both from Paris) are responsible for the extensive show on Delphine Seyrig and her network of creative and political actors in France after 1968; Övül Durmuşoğlu (Istanbul/Berlin) is in charge of the presentation of Katrina Daschner; and Zdenka Badovinac (Ljubljana) is preparing the first critical retrospective of Sanja Iveković, internationally acclaimed pioneer of feminist art and one of the best-known artists from former Yugoslavia, in the region.
Alongside the exhibitions, our program again comprises numerous events, intergenerational educational programs (such as the fifth edition of our popular interactive exhibition Space for Kids), and digital formats.
With the program for 2022, Kunsthalle Wien positions itself as a cultural institution that takes a stance on current questions and issues of social policy and as a place of lively debate and dialogue.
Look forward with us to a year full of exciting exhibitions!