Successful start for SPARK Art Fair Vienna



Successful start for SPARK Art Fair Vienna
Successful start for SPARK Art Fair Vienna
The international contemporary art fair in Vienna caused a sensation in the global art market, with its solo presentations and innovative architectural concept. The dates for 2022 have already been set as 24 – 27 March. The next event will be a mixture of contemporary, modern and digital art.
A successful start for the SPARK Art Fair Vienna: Around 11,000 guests from all over the world found their way to Vienna’s Marx Halle. After its successful premiere, the SPARK Art Fair Vienna will become a permanent spring fixture in the global art market calendar over the coming years. Next year the fair will take place from 24 – 27 March. The dates for 2023 and 2024 have also already been set.
Building on its successful premiere in 2021, SPARK Art Fair Vienna will, starting from next spring, evolve into the leading international meeting place for contemporary art in Austria. „We are convinced that we have created a new format for future art fairs with this concentrated format, the focus on new works and the balance between a strong regional basis and internationality,“ reflects Managing Director, Renger van den Heuvel. The foundations have now been laid and the next steps are being planned: „In future, through further events such as this, the Marx Halle will become known as Vienna’s centre for contemporary art“.
Art Fair Still Online
The SPARK Art Fair Vienna remains available online via Artsy, the world’s largest art market platform, as well as via SPARK Studio, the fair’s online presence. With 3D tours, information and interviews about the 71 solo presentations, over the coming months the digital format will continue to provide an in-depth insight into the art presented at the fair.
24 – 27 March 2022 / 23 – 26 March 2023 / 28 – 31 March 2024
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Artist weekend. Kleber Cianni

Artist weekend. Kleber Cianni

We are launching a series of mini-shows in the Haze Gallery space. The Artist Weekend will include a 3-day solo exhibition, artist encounter, artist talk, and special offers to purchase selected works.

This cycle is opened by our Brazilian-Italian artist Kleber Cianni. Kleber’s work is a mixture between reality and fiction, between the present and colorful ancestral heritage. Abstract portraits created by him are born at the junction of these two worlds—a riot of colors and shapes, living their own lives and filling everything around.

From 2 to 4 July, we invite you to look into the eyes of this nonexistent real world.

Purplehaze Gender issue 006 available for preorder from now!

Purplehaze Gender issue 006 available for preorder from now!

Gender is something we don’t choose, so we better take it for granted (lucky the one who finds it easy). Gender doesn’t define our mental and physical abilities to the extent social attitudes do…What else do you know of gender? For the latest #006 print edition, we at Purplehaze invited our favourite artists, photographers, models, and producers to share their personal vision of gender with the public… It turned out fresh and curious!

Print on demand is already available. Make sure you’ve pre-ordered your copy at Haze Gallery or on our website:

The release of #006 Genderless is planned for September, 01.

The Concept of Authenticity: A Group Exhibition of Figurative Art

The Concept of Authenticity: A Group Exhibition of Figurative Art

Reception | Friday, June, 4, 2021, 4 – 6 pm
Exhibition Duration | June 5 – June 25 , 2021, 10 am – 6 pm

Curator | Iren Russo       Jr.  Curator | Sasha Grigg        Coordinator | Lyubov Melnickowa

Haze Gallery is now pleased to present you The Concept of Authenticity: A Group Exhibition of Figurative Art, an exhibition of the new epoch of emerging international contemporary figurative art at its Schoneberger address from 05 – 25 June 2021. The project will present 20 emerging artists in figurative art to an audience of international and local Berlin collectors, artists and art connoisseurs.

The artists explore contemporary subjects, including gender and sexuality, society and politics, race, and body image. Pushing the notion of figurative painting, the bodies they depict may be fragmented, morphed, merged, and remade but never wholly cohesive. They may also be fluid and non-gendered, drawn from news stories, represented by animals, or formed from the paint itself. From a perspective of raising questions, this exhibition brings together various professionally trained artists. With a shared academic background of these individuals, the show intends further to discuss the possibilities of figurative painting at present.

Participating Artists

Amelie Degendorfer
Catarina Carraro
Can Roy Huang
Darja Linder
Elena Bulycheva
Emanuel Heim
Jana Jacob
Janina Serr
Joana Lucas
Johanna Bath
Marc Allgaier
Marina Liubaskina
Sophia Bharmal
Sophie Delest
Terro Abaffy
Wladimir Timler

Online participating artists

Ewa Ludwig
Laila Uzarova
Spencer Chalk Levy
Victoria Salma
Yulia Belasla

BERLIN PHOTO WEEK – 26 August – 3 September 2021 — Punk! exhibition — LEICA show featuring H.Koelbl, D.Wenders + X.Bender


Funplace_BERLIN PHOTO WEEK_2019_Foto Kolja Eckert

BERLIN PHOTO WEEK - 26 August - 3 September 2021 -- Punk! exhibition -- LEICA show featuring H.Koelbl, D.Wenders + X.Bender
26 August 2021 marks the opening of the third edition of Berlin Photo Week (BPW). Following its huge success in 2019 at Kraftwerk Berlin, this year BPW will feature high-profile exhibitions at and around Arena Berlin as well as a number of satellite venues in Berlin, such as the Villa Grisebach exhibition space. Numerous talks and panels, workshops, award ceremonies, and much more are also planned around the exciting brands of the international imaging market. The photography festival will be rounded off by live acts, music acts, the popular Funplace, and engaging outdoor offerings. Long live photography!
To curate and launch this multifaceted festival, the organizers called together an accomplished Creative Board comprised of internationally renowned experts, collectors, and photo industry professionals. These include photography expert and licensed appraiser Simone Klein (Cologne/Paris), collector and art patron P.C. Neumann (Berlin/Zurich), and art director and general representative of Leica Galleries International Karin Rehn-Kaufmann (Salzburg). With their excellent networks and expertise, the BPW Creative Board members perform advisory and curatorial duties and develop new concepts and formats, thereby expanding the globally oriented strategy of this young, prominent festival.
KOELBL • WENDERS • BENDER | Three Photographers – Three Generations
The legendary camera manufacturer Leica is world-renowned for its long tradition, its global and award-winning photographers, and a reputation that is second to none. Whether in the field of reportage, portraiture, or documentary photography – Leica is more than just a brand; Leica is a way of life. Featuring singular insights into the lives of Germans, poetic and essayistic works going beyond classical notions of the image, opulent reportages far removed from common clichés – this special exhibition has been curated by Karin Rehn-Kaufmann exclusively for Berlin Photo Week. On display at Arena Berlin, it presents the work of three renowned photographers – Herlinde Koelbl, Donata Wenders, and Xiomara Bender – who view the world with very individual perspectives, placing it in their own aesthetic frames. The Leica exhibition includes a number of series by each photographer and is complemented by texts and videos. A talk with the artists will also take place during BPW.

George Hoyningen-Huene_The Divers, Swimwear by Izod, 1930_copyright George Hoyningen-Huene Estate Archives

Photo GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE Topless Poor-trait – Courtesy Collection PC Neumann Berlin_large

Another exhibition highlight shines the spotlight on punk and its unique aesthetics. More than 50 years ago, the punk movement, with its broad repertoire of protest practices against prevailing conditions, became the catalyst of a social and cultural avant-garde. Punk did not go with the flow; on the contrary, its protagonists released their own flood of energy and ignited a fire that has not extinguished to this day. The notion of radical upheaval it embodies persists to this day, manifesting in multifaceted forms of artistic expression. Curated from the PC Neumann Collection, this dynamic group exhibition invites visitors to the Arena Club for a very special experience. The walk-in installation is enriched by a musical work composed for the show by the well-known music producer Lutz Fahrenkrog-Petersen. Typical of the era, it epitomizes the enduring, explosive power of the artistic aesthetics of punk. Punk is not dead – punk will never die.
Berlin Photo Week is a conceptually and economically independent project that can be seen and experienced throughout Berlin, featuring a central creative location with event satellites. The founding team of this innovative event format has joined forces with new strategic partners, Messe Berlin GmbH and IMH Imaging Media House GmbH & Co. KG, to stage its third edition and further develop the photography festival.
Contact for questions, press photos, and interviews:
Nadine Dinter PR l Fasanenstrasse 70, 10719 Berlin | Tel: (0)30/398 87 411 l Email:



Shows of the new season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia are scheduled on April 20-24 at the Museum of Moscow. Besides the main program in Moscow, the shows will take place in Kazan, Nizhny Novgorod, St. Petersburg, and Sochi. The united MBFW Russia’s program will include live streamed shows by designers from Italy, Spain, France, and other countries.

50+ designers are expected to join MBFW Russia this time. New collections will be presented by /SELFÉTUDE, N. LEGENDA, NASTYA NEKRASOVA, ÓNOMA, SERGEY SYSOEV, Yana Besfamilnaya, ELENA SOUPROUN, HARD BY HSE ART AND DESIGN SCHOOL, JULIA DALAKIAN, ALENA NEGA, Lena Karnauhova, Mercedes De Alba, B&D Institute of Business and Design, and others. Mercedes-Benz is also delighted to present Emma Bruschi for the first time on the MBFW Russia schedule – a designer acknowledged by Mercedes-Benz and Fashion Open Studio for best eco-sustainable practices at the International Festival of Hyères. On April 7, designers will be announced that won the grants for participation in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia.

Virtual venue of MBFW Russia will be a unique digital platform with gamification elements, exclusive materials from designers, as well as content and insights offered by industry experts. At the digital platform, MBFW Russia live streams from anywhere globally will be available. Moreover, interactive online features will offer a dive into the spirit of the event. You can register at right now, all the features will become available on April 20.

“2020 was tough for the entire industry, and Russian designers are no exception. It was a challenge for the Fashion Week team – we managed to arrange a phygital MBFW Russia in autumn 2020, and we also seized the moment to develop our project and support designers online. This year, we’ve focused on starting a large-scale transformation of the Fashion Week. MBFW Russia is switching to a closed production cycle, bringing the sustainable fashion into the spotlight. Besides, we extend our presence in the digital space, and this is also a part of our sustainable development concept for the fashion industry,” said Alexander Shumsky, President of Russian Fashion Council and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia, Co-founder of Fashion Fund.

This time, the traditional symbol of the Fashion Week – the Infanta – was designed by artist Kirilll Zukclub (aka Well Known Artist). Digitalization, ethical fashion, inclusivity and diversity – these are the guidelines followed by MBFW Russia that inspired the artist in making the digital look for the Fashion Week. The Infanta is modern and yet somehow embodies the trend for nostalgic for the past – her dress is decorated with some graffiti and interfaces of legacy digital design software.

Make sure to stay with us and follow the news updates at our official websites

Analogue Photography 3d Virtual Exhibition

Analogue Photography 3d Virtual Exhibition

On April the 10th, Hazegallery will present a new virtual exhibition, “Analogue Photography“ featuring works by contemporary young artists working on film photography.

Eight photographers from different countries will represent at the exposition their works

Film photography took an important place in the history of photography, as well as a special genre

Despite the fact that the modern world offers a huge number of opportunities to simplify the creation of photographs, many photographers remain faithful to this genre.

Why? The limited number of frames makes you think more carefully about the choice of the frame and all its components. An unpredictable result surrounds the whole process with a special magical veil until the very moment the photographs are developed.

Film photography is magic you can create yourself

Participating Artists:
Anna Tytarenko
Lara Micheli
Noemi Heidel
Felix Chirinos
Élyse De La Croizetière
Katya Stelmashchuk
Ekaterina Kozlova

Curator: Iren Russo, Sasha Grigg
Coordinator: Lyubov Melnickowa

For press material and interview requests please contact:
Iren Russo| Olivaer Platz 17 10707 Berlin | Email:

Art Digest: March 15—20

By /ART/, /BLOG/, /NEWS/

Julia Kryshevich

Art Digest: March 15—20

To breathe a bit of freshness into the column, I would love to introduce you to the Asian scene of visual arts today. Just as exciting as the European and the American counterparts, the art and fashion world of Japan and Korea have a lot to impress the Western minds. Not without reason Berlin gallerist Johann König has set his sight on the Seoul art market, while Rakuten Fashion Week Tokyo justly belongs to the Top 5 global fashion weeks. Yōkoso, AD: March 15—20! 

*yōkoso [ようこそ] — Japanese for ‘welcome’

C O N T E M P O R A R Y   A R T 

Yayoi Kusama’s early works never exhibited before are expected to raise a fortune at auction 

Even for those who believe themselves Yayoi Kusama’s art connoisseurs, that might come as a surprise. Bonhams auctions off the three early paintings and eight works on paper by the world’s famous Japanese artist, which she gifted to her doctor Teruo Hirose. The pieces originate from the private collection of the late Teruo Hirose (the doctor passed away in 2019 at the age of 93) and taken together, are estimated to fetch between $8.8 million and $14 million during the sales at Bonhams New York, which take place from April 30 till May 12, 2021.

Hirose, Kusama’s countryman, met the artist in New York in the late 1950s agreeing to provide some pro bono medical services for her. Yayoi Kusama gave the savior a couple of her artworks in gratitude, including ‘Mississippi River’ and ‘Hudson River’ (1960). Bonhams post-war and contemporary global head Ralph Taylor claims the works are rare not only because of their incredible provenance but also due to the exceptional character of Kusama’s early oeuvre with some features and themes emerging to be developed throughout her further career. The ‘River’ paintings have never been exhibited in public before.

Not just a poodle: Masayoshi Matsumoto amazes with his balloon animal sculptures 

Today the artists are so free to choose the materials to work with that one will hardly be surprised seeing artworks made of, let’s say air or human tears. Yet excellence and vivid imagination of some artists never ceases to amaze. That’s the story of the Yokohama-based artist Masayoshi Matsumoto, who uses nothing but balloons while creating his incredible animal sculptures. The artist aims at recreating the physical form of the subject, thus, he puts effort into selecting the right kind of texture, color, and twists the material until it takes shape. 

‘When they hear the term ‘balloon art’, many people imagine a poodle or such, but I would like people to realize that there is an area of this art form that takes time to create complex works too.’ (Masayoshi Matsumoto) 

Indeed, Matsumoto replicates any living creatures, including not the most obvious ones when it comes to balloon art, such as oxen, lemurs, butterflies, koala bears, peacocks etc. And the most surprising thing is, he avoids using glue or other adhesive materials in work, neither he resorts to decoration. The artist’s balloon animals delight with the veracity of color and form, each of them having a unique character and even a particular eye expression, which is more than enough. Feel like following Masayoshi Matsumoto’s lead? Good news, the artist shares his skills in YouTube tutorials. Or you can just enjoy Matsumoto’s new works on his Instagram, which is pretty popular, by the way, for not a society man.

F A S H I O N 

A few words about Tokyo Rakuten Fashion Week 

The show must go on, and it goes (I am talking of vogue now). Tokyo’s Rakuten Fashion Week, which enters the Fab Five of the world’s fashion weeks, has just finished. Taking place twice a year, in autumn and spring, Rakuten represents Japanese couturiers, both world-renowned and emerging ones. This time, Tokyo Fashion Week took place from March 15—20, featuring around 35 brands/51 designers, one third of which, in their turn, provided physical presentations of their Fall/Winter 2021 collections. As would be expected, the latest Rakuten season both consisted of online shows and in-person events with a minimal number of viewers allowed, balancing between the fashionable celebration of life and the national state of emergency due to the pandemic. 

Glancing at TFW schedule, one would love seeing a few well-known names from the world of fashion, including Tae Ashida and Hiroko Koshino, while also discovering some cheerful up-and-comers, such as the Men’s RTW brand De_caffeine homme (est. 2018) and the Women’s label Adelly (f. 2014). Don’t be surprised encountering a couple of old mates: Ka Wa Kai and KoH T landed at Rakuten, right after showcasing their collections at the February New York Fashion Week, here how it was. It’s also striking that the TFW curators diversified the program by adding some cultural activities into it, such as the series of events linked to the Fashion in Japan 1945-2020 exhibition, which runs at the National Art Center Tokyo until June 09. Vogue columnist Kira had the pleasure of seeing Rakuten Fashion Week shows firsthand and provided a detailed coverage for all those who wished they had been also present. 

A R T   M A R K E T 

Berlin gallerist Johann König targets at Korean art market 

Berlin art dealer, author of the acclaimed memoir ‘Blinder Galerist’ (Blind Gallerist) Johann König has announced the opening of a new art space in Seoul. König Seoul, that’s what the place is called, occupies the fifth floor of the MCM Haus, a luxury clothing brand based in the posh district of Gangnam. ‘Korea has a strong position in the art market, so we are excited to be presenting our program to the Korean audience,’ König says in the statement, explaining his decision to collaborate with MCM.

König Seoul, which opens on April 03, represents such established artists who Johann König has already worked with back home, such as Erwin Wurm, Jeppe Hein, Katharina Grosse, and Alicja Kwade. There are already some less well-known names including Trey Abdella and Conny Maier, who, with the help of the talented gallerist stand a good chance to become famous. The Gangnam-based gallery will be the third art venue established by Johann König, following his flagship König Galerie in Berlin, which emerged at the place of a Brutalist church, and its London branch. König institutions regularly issue an eponymous thematic magazine, while the gallerist himself records an interesting podcast Was Mit Kunst, where he discusses the most vital issue of arts with his colleagues from the field, i.e. artists, curators, art publishers etc.

On the cover: Tokyo Fashion Week Rakuten Fall 2021. Photo: Kira /

Purplehazemagazine is calling for Photography & Art for PRINT 006

Purplehazemagazine is calling for Photography & Art for PRINT 006

‘Gender is not something that one is, it is something one does; it is a sequence of acts, a doing rather than a being.’ said Judith Butler, famous American philosopher and gender theorist. Do you agree? Likely, as an artist you got something to say about this. If so, don’t miss an open-call for the next print issue of Purplehaze titled ‘Genderless’. Works in different mediums such as illustration, sculpture, photography, and multimedia arts are accepted.

Deadline for submissions is July 01.

The #006 Genderless print issue of Purplehaze comes out in September.

Please submit to