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The Democratic Club

19.10.2018 to 18.11.2018 - MQ Pop-Up Schauraum
Host: Q21

The Democratic Club


The Democratic Club

Vernissage: Thu, Oct 18, 2018 / 7pm

Exhibition: Oct 19 – Nov 18, 2018 / Hours: Wed, Thu, Fri 3-7pm & Sat, Sun 1-6pm

Location: Jan Arnold Gallery, MQ, Q21 Showrooms, Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Vienna

Adda-Matinée & Presentation:
Atmospheric transfer and discussion about the first public spaces in modern India
Sun, Oct 21, 2018 / 11am
Location: Depot, Breite Gasse 3, 1070 Vienna
Guest: Bhaswati Bhattacharya, historian and ethnographer, Georg August University Göttingen

The Democratic Club is a dialogue between two particular institutions, the Indian Coffee House and the Viennese coffee house. Both were important places of everyday sociability and intellectual exchange during their heyday. After India’s independence, the coffee houses – formerly organised under the auspices of the British Raj – were transformed into a cooperative society. As an open space for discussion this contributed to the development of the young democracy by extending the public sphere into the inside. Ongoing changes within society, accompanied by the emergence of international coffee chains, has already left traces of erosion on these public interiors.

A project by 
Carina Sacher & Lukas Vejnik
Supported by: Austrian Federal Chancellery, City of Vienna, Austrian Cultural Forum New Delhi
Photo: Indian Coffee House, Thrissur Round South

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