Meyer Kainer

  • GALLERY FOCUS: Meyer Kainer

  • Several questions for Christian Meyer and Renate Kainer

    Introduce yourself:
    Since 1990 Christian Meyer and Renate Kainer focused on established artists like Hanne Darboven, Bruce Nauman or Rosemarie Trockel as well as on then emerging artists such as Andrea Fraser, Raymond Pettibon or Charles Ray. In 1999 Galerie Meyer Kainer was relocated to a new address in Vienna’s emerging gallery district Eschenbachgasse. Presenting shows by Vienna’s leading contemporary artists like gelatin, Florian Pumhösl, Franz West or Heimo Zobernig alongside internationally renewed artists like Liam Gillick, Dan Graham, Rachel Harrison, Sarah Morris, Gedi Sibony or Amelie von Wulffen was the key aspect of the gallery’s activities within the dynamic Viennese art scene. Another focus went on up-to-date cutting edge positions like Ei Arakawa, Will Benedict, Verena Dengler, Ulrike Müller, Nora Schultz, Reena Spaulings, Anne Speier or Lucie Stahl.

    Which event has been the most crucial since you opened your gallery?
    Organising the symposium "The Aesthetic Field" in 1992 that Introduced a more sociological point of view according to Bourdieu into the art world.

    How do you choose artists you represent?
    While having our specific gallery program in mind, choosing an artist that we start representing is a very natural and organic process.

    Why did you decide to open a gallery?
    The gallery was originally founded to enable a reenactment of the so called Viennese Secessionism from the beginning of the 20th century. In 1990 the gallery turned to contemporary art, still applying related ideas like abstraction, internationalism, context, ambience, and camp.

    Continue the sentence "FIAC is…
    Certainly together with Art Basel and Frieze London one of the three leading art fairs worldwide."

    Can you recommend cool hidden places in Vienna?
    There are so many, but for a restaurant the “Salzamt” (just for drinks and the architecture) or the “Schwarzes Kameel” (for a more classical one) are outstanding. For architecture go see the Werkbund Siedlung and the Wittgenstein Haus or visit the many other houses built by Adolf Loos in Vienna. Music is still present everywhere in town, and for fine art, from ancient to often contemporary, go to the Kunsthistorisches Museum - you will always be surprised.

    What are your favorite places in Paris?
    Rive Gauche and Belleville, especially the studio of Will Benedict.

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