press release

Opening reception featuring a participatory performance, Secret Service, by Marlene Haring: Wednesday, January 17, 2007 from 6 - 9 p.m.

A free shuttle bus departs the Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., Toronto at 6 pm (returning 9 pm). Reservations not required.

Emerging Viennese artists rewrite their cultural history in Canada, again.

This is the second, much anticipated installment of Unterspiel after its inaugural exhibition at Vancouver's Contemporary Art Gallery in 2005.

Featuring the work of five contemporary Viennese artists/artist groups, Unterspiel explores the problematics of contemporary art production in Vienna. The works in this exhibition demonstrate a specific, sometimes belated relation to a tradition of avant-gardism that has its origins in fin de siecle Vienna. At the same time, they sometimes paradoxically take issue with the provocative actions of the Viennese Actionists (1960s). In the wake of the Actionists' inherently political and violent work, contemporary Viennese art often engages in socio-political issues concerning notions of Austrian identity, or in confrontation to political and/or art institutions. A catalogue with a text by Seamus Kealy accompanies the exhibition.

An exhibition (and related performances) by contemporary Viennese artists

Patrick Baumuller & Severin Hofmann, Catrin Bolt, Marlene Haring, Monochrom , Hans Schabus

Seamus Kealy