Visiting Critics Vienna 2020

Visiting Critics Vienna is a residency program for four international established art critics. 
It is the fourth edition of the program, organised by Vienna based association Verein K in cooperation with AICA – International Association of Art Critics Austria. 

The program will take place 18.–29. September in Vienna.

A strong focus is on networking between the Viennese and international art scene as well as on strengthening the position of the art criticism in Austria. 
In the course of a ten-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 as well as visit to the art fair viennacontemporary, gallery festival curated by_ and the festival in Graz steierischerherbst’20

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.

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, Louisa Elderton (art critic, journalist, participant in the third edition of the residency program in 2019) and Arash Shahali (art critic, editor).

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 2020



Published articles in the framework of ​Visiting Critics Vienna 2020:

-> Camera Austria – Review by Emily McDermott 

-> Ocula – Review by Cindy Sissokho

-> Springerin – Review by Valentinas Klimašauskas 


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 – Kunst, Kultur, Kommunikation 
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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.