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Jan Arnold Gallery: Curated Space & Missing Link


Jan Arnold Gallery: Curated Space & Missing Link

Q21 Backstage: In June we present the Jan Arnold Gallery located in the Q21 Showrooms, and talk to one of the gallery's curators Sebastian Schager.

The refreshingly new gallery concept under the name of the fictional character Jan Arnold counters the established institutionalisation of the art world and defines itself as a “curated space & missing link” for contemporary art. Amongst other things, the collective is responsible for the exhibition series Living Studio at frei_raum q21 exhibition space and for exhibitions in cooperation with #Streetartpassage within the MQ complex.
Curators: Sebastian Schager (, Joseph Rudolf (@Joseph_rudolf) and Markus Grabenwöger

Interview with Sebastian Schager:

Who/what are you?

Jan Arnold Gallery is an independent exhibition platform curated by artists, an association and a hub for young, contemporary Viennese as well as international art. Team members are Markus Grabenwöger, Joseph Rudolf and Sebastian Schager.

What are your fields of activity?

Broadly speaking, we put on exhibitions. However, we see JAG as an umbrella institution facilitating the realisation of projects which are independent of a specific location.

How do you achieve your goals?

Initiative seems to be the best and quickest way to achieve something. We’ve often noticed that, sooner or later, good work leads to success. How the world of art defines success, now that is an entirely different question. ;)

What challenges do you face?

The biggest challenge is to maintain a common thread in our exhibitions and the selection of partners despite a very free programme range.

What is important to you?

We do not want to limit the range of exhibitions to one specific medium or trend and aim to offer a wide array of art forms. In other words: we may just feature dance.

How big is your team?

We are three curators but we take on additional team members on a temporary project basis, just like we did for ‘Living Studio’ at frei_raum Q21 exhibition space. If you look at each exhibition individually you will find that some are collaborative projects or carried out by just one curator on his own initiative.

Since when have you been at Q21?

JAG has existed in its current form since 2015. However, the exhibition space had already been run by Sebastian Schager as a representative of the artist group PERFEKT WORKLD.

A perfect work day starts with…

…coffee and communication.


Artist-in-Residence at Q21 / MQ
Seikon (POL) curated by Artis.Love.

Robert Seikon will paint a mural in the MQ and furthermore will present a show at the Jan Arnold Gallery (Opening: June 27, 7PM).

This will be accompanied by a limited print edition of LEAPartprints.


© Robert Seikon

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