Visiting Critics Vienna 2018

Visiting Critics VIENNA is a residency program for four international established art critics.
It is the second edition of the program, organised by Vienna based association Verein K in cooperation with AICA – International Association of Art Critics Austria and KUNST HAUS WIEN. First edition was realised within the organisation Blockfrei in 2017.

The program will take place  12. – 18. November in Vienna.

A strong focus is on networking the Viennese and international art scene as well as on strengthening the position of the art criticism in Austria.
In the course of a seven-day program, the selected participants will be given comprehensive and profound insights into the contemporary Viennese art scene.


The residency program will consist of artists’ studio visits, off spaces, art collections, galleries guided tour through selected exhibitions, meetings with curators.

Part of the program is dedicated to cooperation with international and Austrian art magazines, where the invited art critics will publish their texts on an exhibition, event, artist related to the Viennese/Austrian contemporary art scene.

In the framework of the residency a panel discussion will be held on the Role of Art Criticism in the KUNST HAUS WIEN.

The networking and bringing together of different experts of the arts and industry Visiting Critics VIENNA aims to make a lasting contribution to Vienna as an art and cultural location by providing the Viennese scene and the critics with experience and contacts for future activities, thereby underlining Vienna‘s international perception as an important center of contemporary art is further strengthened.


The participants are nominated by a comitee consisting of AICA Austria, Nicola Trezzi (Art Critic; Director and Chief Curator of Center of Contemporary Art Tel Aviv) and Andrey Shental (Art Critic and Curator; Foreign correspondent for Flash Art International; Participant in the first edition of the residency program in 2017).

The program will be created by the mentioned committee as well as by the Verein K team both for the whole group as well individually for each participant according to her/his requests.

The professional background of the nominated critics, their geographical origin and gender balance will be taken into account.

Participants Visiting Critics VIENNA 2018



Published articles in the framework of ​Visiting Critics Vienna 201​8​:

-> BMW Art Guide by Independent Collectors – Review by Josie Thaddeus-Johns

-> Sunday Times – Review by Sean O’Toole

-> Spike – Review by Dan Udy

The program is supported by the City of Vienna, Federal Ministry of Republic of Austria for Arts, Culture, Civil Service and Sport and AICA Austria.

Verein K is an independent arts and cultural organization from Vienna, founded in 2017. Verein K focuses on projects in the field of contemporary art and culture connecting diverse cultural and social interests: critical approaches to contemporary art, creating curatorial platforms as well as enabling innovative cultural practices including diverse social groups.

Verein K – Kunst, Kultur, Kommunikation 
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