Markus Mittringer: WHATEVER THE CASE

Opening: 26.01.2017, 7 p.m. • 27.01.–04.03.2017

He rarely takes up his camera. Markus Mittringer is not your typical, hectic snapshot shooter whom we know from all cultural and artistic events, who stubbornly searches to make a thoroughly valuable contribution to recording such events. If I remember correctly, I have never even seen him carrying a camera and yet it seems to have been much more typical for him to have documented his explorations in photos. We speak, without really contemplating the meaning of the phrase, of the “decisive moment,” and we value the recognition and recording of this moment. But what makes up this momentariness? In traditional reportage photography, it describes an instant, mostly a spectacular event, that captures the beginning of a motion.

His unique trait, however, is seen in the way he also searches out and discovers that which is essential, behind the sensational event. That is one of the commonalities that ties him together with Markus Mittringer, just as much as the subject’s motion. Photographers like Markus Mittringer require movement. Reality is perceived through a projected moving picture. Sounds are pushed into the background; moving scenes are transformed in rhythmic mental images that are ideally recorded at precisely the right moment. To describe these as scenes from life would be an all-too banal characterization. After all, Markus Mittringer neither fixates the selected protagonist in the focus of his lens nor does he attempt to feel their physical presence.
(Parts of a text by Alfred Weidinger)

Markus Mittringer (* 1965) has witnessed the Austrian art scene for more than twenty-five years. After his studies of Art History, Philosophy, and Theater Science at the University of Vienna, he worked as a writer and art critic for the Austrian dailies Die Presse and Der Standard, was a contributing journalist to, among others, Monopol and the Frankfurter Allgemenine Zeitung, and wrote for art catalogs for the Vienna Secession, MUMOK, and Tate Liverpool. He lectures regularly at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and at the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Markus Mittringer is a corresponding member of the Vienna Secession.

Join us at the Art Vienna, Leopold Museum, booth 10B.3
Preview (by invitation only): 22 February 2017, 4 pm
Vernissage (by invitation only): 22 February 2017, 6 pm
Opening hours
23 February 2017, 11 am - 9 pm
24 - 26 February 2017, 11 am - 7 pm

Ivo Dimchev
Günter Brus
Christian Eisenberger
Rita Nowak
Rudolf Polanszky
Franz West
and many more

The Complex Pussy Catalogue- installation by Ivo Dimchev

Sooner or later any good art transforms into a by-product. A postcard for example. The Complex Pussy Catalog is an art machine that makes postcards by converting written language into symbolic drawings. You can make your own ‘complex pussy’ using a pool of words given by the author. After just a few seconds you will receive a freshly printed postcard as a graphic representation of your newly constructed pussy. Every postcard is unique! 
Original paintings of already constructed complex pussies will also be available during the exhibition.

The visitors of the fair are invited to take part in the installation.


Markus Mittringer, Brainschinken, 2015, s/w Foto, 20 x 30 cm © Markus Mittringer, 2015

Art Vienna
Leopold Museum
Museumsplatz 1
1070 Wien

Art Austria
24. - 26. März
Gartenpalais Liechtenstein
Fürstengasse 1
1090 Wien

ART & ANTIQUE Salzburg
Residenz Salzburg
08. - 17. April 2017

Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln
with the friendly assistance of

Austrian Masters
from 1900 until today

Konzett Concept Concert
KCC no. 10
Concert date: June 1, 2017
curated by
Philipp Konzett (visual arts) & Michael Mautner (music)
staring Michaela Selinger mezzosoprano

Michaela Selinger

Photo © Hamza Saad


Konzett Concept Concert KCC nr 9: SATURNALIA III

Concert & Performance & party: Sat, December 17, 2016, 7:30 p.m. • Exhibition duration: 18.12.2016–18.01.2017


Opening: Thu, 10 November • Exhibition duration: 11 November – 10 December 2016

Konzett Concept Concert: KCC no. 8: Untitled

Concert: Thu, 20 October, 7:30 p.m.

Art Salzburg 2016

5 – 28 August 2016

In Focus: Franz West & Rudolf Polanszky

until the end of September 2016

Parallel Vienna / Viennacontemporary

21/22 Sept – 25 Sept 2016

100 paintings – from the collection of the gallery

Exhibition: 5 July – 9 September 2016


Exhibition: 20 May – 25 June 2016

Change of Subject

Exhibition: 11 Feb – 7 May 2016

Saturnalia II

Exhibition: 18 Dec 2015 – 31 Jan 2016

Cruising — Rita Nowak & Michael Horsky

Exhibition: 6 Nov – 5 Dec 2015