The publication offers an overview of the broad spectrum of the Lenikus Group’s longstanding involvement in the Vienna art scene. It looks back over 25 years of collecting and 15 years of promoting young artists while simultaneously providing a starting point for discussions about the potential of promoting culture through interim use. After all, the availability of space is fundamental to the development of the artistic and creative scenes in Vienna. One major aim of the private cultural efforts of the Lenikus Group from the outset has been to put vacant spaces and buildings to use and create a vibrant centre for exchange and for artistic forms of production.
Featuring academic essays, reports on specific projects and interviews the publication reflects on topics such as space for creative activity, artist in residence programmes and interim use. Articles and reports on exhibitions are interlaced with a selection of works from the Lenikus collection. While the presented works reveal the personal taste of Gabriele and Martin Lenikus they also shed light on tendencies in the Vienna art scene and, hence, enable these to be placed in their international context.