Stopover – Ways of Temporary Exchange

Almost 30 years after the fall of the “Iron Curtain”, Vienna is still problematically described as a gateway between “East” and “West”. This controversy has to do with Austria’s history as a former empire. Vienna was indeed a melting pot of different peoples at the turn of the century in 1899 and 1900. Austria’s role as a neutral country in the “West” and a receiver of Gastarbeiter in the 1960s and 1970s adds to this. Especially after 1989, Vienna was a host to artists and scholars from neighbouring countries, and thereby continuing its 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 the Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania and the Slovak Republic have been invited to Vienna to live and work in the city’s MuseumsQuartier.

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 underlie the artistic productions at the exhibition. A series of events and excursions offer an opportunity for temporary exchange for the entire duration of the exhibition and emphasise its process-related character.

Stopover – Ways of Temporary Exchange
Date: 22 Sep to 25 Nov, Tue-Sun 13:00-20:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Admission free

With 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.

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

Read more about the exhibition here.


Events as part of the exhibition
All events are free of charge

Exhibition Opening
Date: Thu, 21 Sep, 19:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Lecture Performance Ferenc Gróf: 20:00
Guided Tour of the Sissi Quartier by Polygon Creative Empire: 20:30

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

Polygon Creative Empire
Date: Fri, 22 Sep, 18:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Guided Tour of the Sissi Quartier

Isa Rosenberger: Nový most
Date: Fri, 6 Oct, 17:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Fim Screening, Talk

Abandoned (re)creation: Highlights from Slovak Functionalist and Modernist Architecture
Date: Sat, 7 Oct, 10:00-18:00
Meeting Point: Bellariastrasse/Museumsplatz
Registration and information:
Excursion to Bratislava, Guided City Tour

Cristina David and Michael Ehn: Re- enactment of a Chess Game
Date: Sat, 7 Oct, 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, 17 Oct, 18:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Artist Talk

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

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

Igor and Ivan Buharov: Most of the Souls That Live Here
Date: Fri, 20 Oct, 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)
Date: Sat, 7 Nov, 17:00-20:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Meeting of the Viennese women’s chess club

Gender Woodstock: Feminist Art Practices
Date: Fri, 17 Nov, 15:00-20:00
Venue: frei_raum Q21 exhibition space
Presentations, lectures, performance by Zbyněk Baladrán, Adela Jušić, Tereza Stejskalová, Johanna Tinzl, Lucia Tkáčová, Raluca Voinea et al. as part of the VIENNA ART WEEK

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

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