Stopover - Ways of Temporary Exchange

Exhibition / frei_raum Q21 exhibition space / Vienna

Almost 30 year after the fall of the “Iron Curtain” Vienna still is described problematically as a gateway between “East” and “West”. This controversy has to do with the history of Austria as former empire. Vienna indeed was a melting pot of different peoples at the turn of the century 1899/1900. On the other hand Austria’s role as a neutral country of the “West” and receiver of Gastarbeiter in the 1960s and 1970s adds to this. Especially post-1989 Vienna was a host for artists and scholars from the neighboring countries and thereby continues this long history of cultural exchange. Since 2011 ERSTE Foundation and tranzit have been collaborating within the jointly operated Artist-in-Residence programme. Artists, curators and theorists from Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and Slovak Republic have been invited to Vienna to live and work in the MuseumsQuartier in Vienna.

The themes of friendship and exchange, social movements and activism, the historical dimension of imperialism and its impact on the present and the strengthening of new nationalisms lie at the basis of the artistic productions. A series of events and excursions offer an opportunity for temporary exchange over the entire duration of the exhibition and emphasize the process-related character.

Participants: Abandoned (re)creation, Zbyněk Baladrán, Igor and Ivan Buharov, Aleš Čermák, Anetta Mona Chişa & Lucia Tkáčová, Cristina David, Ricarda Denzer, Katalin Erdődi, ex-artists’ collective, Ferenc Gróf, Gruppo Tökmag, Márton Gulyás, Oto Hudec, Adela Jušić, Lenka Kukurová, Ioana Nemeş, Polygon Creative Empire, Isa Rosenberger, Alina Şerban, Tereza Stejskalová, Kamen Stoyanov, Johanna Tinzl & Stefan Flunger, Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor, Raluca Voinea, Hannes Zebedin.

A co-operation between tranzit and ERSTE Foundation with frei_raum Q21.

Sep 22 to Nov 25, Tue-Sun 13-20:00

OPENING: Thu, Sep 21, 19:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Admission free

Curated by Judit Angel, Michaela Geboltsberger, Dóra Hegyi for tranzit;
Christiane Erharter, Heide Wihrheim for ERSTE Foundation.

Ferenc Gróf
Date: Thu, Sep 21, 20:00
Lecture performance

Polygon Creative Empire
Date: Thu, Sep 21, 20:30
Guided tour of the Sissi Quartier

Mona Vătămanu & Florin Tudor
Date: Fri, Sep 22, 17:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Film Screening, Artist Talk

Polygon Creative Empire
Date: Fri, Sep 22, 18:00
Venue: MQ ART BOX (in front of frei_raum Q21 exhibition space)
Guided tour of the Sissi Quartier

Isa Rosenberger: Nový most
Date: Fri, Oct 06, 17:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Film Screening, Talk

Abandoned (re)creation: Highlights from Slovak Functionalist and Modernist Architecture
Date: Sat, Oct 07, 10-18:00
Meeting Point: Bellariastrasse/Museumsplatz
Registration and information: culture(at)
Excursion to Bratislava, Guided City Tour

Cristina David and Michael Ehn: Re- enactment of a Chess Game
Date: Sat, Oct 07, 20:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Performance as part of the ORF Lange Nacht der Museen

Alina Şerban in conversation with Cristina David
Date: Tue, Oct 17, 18:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Artist Talk

Art Aid: Social Movements and Activism
Date: Thu, Oct 19, 16:30-19:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Project Presentations, Discussion with Petja Dimitrova, Márton Gulyás, Oto Hudec, Lenka Kukurová, Kamen Stoyanov et al.

Date: Thu, Oct 19, 19:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space

Igor and Ivan Buharov: Most of the Souls That Live Here
Date: Fri, Oct 20, 18:00
Venue: Blickle Kino im 21er Haus, Arsenalstrasse 1, 1030 Vienna
Film Screening, Talk, with an introduction by Katalin Erdődi

Cristina David hosts Frau Schach (Ms Chess)
Meeting of the Viennese women’s chess club
Date: Tues, Nov 7, 17:00-20:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space

Gender Woodstock: Feminist Art Practices
Date: Fri, Nov 17, 15-20:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Performances and Lectures by Adela Jušić, Tereza Stejskalová, Lucia Tkáčová, Raluca Voinea et al. as part of the VIENNA ART WEEK

Gruppo Tökmag: Sárkány Lee (Dragon Lee)
Date: Sat, Nov 18, 20:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Theater Performance, Talk


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