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VIENNAFAIR 2014: Kontakt Art Collection and ERSTE Foundation present photographic work of Margherita Spiluttini

30. September 2014

Südbahnhof 1986, 1991, 2006.
VIENNAFAIR 2014: Kontakt Art Collection and ERSTE Foundation present photographic work of Margherita Spiluttini

At this year’s VIENNAFAIR (2-5 Oct.), Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation is presenting a selection of photographs that Margherita Spiluttini took of Vienna’s South Station (Südbahnhof) in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. One of the leading architectural photographers of her time, Spiluttini analyses architectural structures with great attention to detail and captures them using a plate camera.

Spiluttini’s photographs recall a culturally significant building from the latter half of the 20th century, which is embedded in the collective memory of many people. For migrant workers, political refugees and tourists, the south station was also the place where they first came into contact with the West or Vienna. The main railway station is currently being rebuilt and the Erste Campus is due to be completed by the end of 2015 on the site of the former south station according to plans by Henke and Schreieck Architects. Erste Group’s 4,000 staff members are set to start working at the campus in 2016.

The images on exhibit originate from three sets of photographs. The first is a colour series from 1986 and is presented in a slide show. The photographs deal with passenger traffic and show travellers roaming about the platforms. The second, from 1991, features plain black and white pictures of the railway station building and focuses on building materials and composition. The third is a set of colour photos of the station concourse from 2006.

With different daily presentations, the exhibition’s display – developed by Johannes Porsch – relates to the fleetingness and multifaceted perspectives of the station and also creates an ideal atmosphere for reading ERSTE Foundation publications. The books and catalogues on show provide a cross-section of the artists’ monographs ERSTE Foundation promotes in collaboration with the Kontakt collection, and publications on contemporary art initiated, published and supported by ERSTE Foundation.

All works originate from Margherita Spiluttini’s archive and are available for purchase.

Book presentation, 4 October, 4 pm
Georg Schöllhammer will present the two books he published in this context – KwieKulik (JRP Rignier, 2013) and Ion Grigorescu. Diaries 1970-1975 (Sternberg Press, 2014).

The book presentation will take place in the presence of the artist Zsófia Kulik, the curator Łukasz Ronduda, and the gallerist Andreiana Mihail.
Location: Kontakt collection and ERSTE Foundation stand C30

For questions, please contact:
ERSTE Foundation, Communications: Maribel Königer
Tel. +43 50100 15453, E-mail: maribel.koeniger@erstestiftung.org

Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation was founded in 2004 with the programmatic aim of devoting itself to important artistic developments in the countries of Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe that had not yet been adequately anchored in recent art history or in public awareness.

Image: Südbahnhof Wien, AT, architect Heinrich Hrdlička. photo 1991
© Margherita Spiluttini