Kristina Leko exhibits in Vienna

Together with the Volkshilfe Beschäftigung Kristina Leko organized a two-week workshop on portrait drawing in Vienna in March 2006. As an artist her goal was to support each participant in producing an artwork. Leko’s initiative is a further development of a project she did in Halle with the title Jede/r Mensch ist entweder eine Künstlerin oder ein Künstler, Beweis Nr. 3, 2005 (Everyone is An Artist, Proof No. 3, 2005).

She also organized workshops in which the participants created large-format portraits. Leko refers to the demands made by artists such Joseph Beuys since the 1960s for a broad participation in cultural processes, exploring the social role of art. Leko sees art as a possible form of social commitment, as an instrument that can be used to help marginalized groups make their situation visible.

In the Grafisches Kabinett Leko revived the idea of the salon where different individuals came together at the end of the 19th century. Together with members of the Friends of the Secession the artist explored selected pieces and furniture and artworks provided by lenders. Following up on this, the visitors of the exhibition are now invited to explore the installation which combines amateur art and pieces of art in the Secession. Here the question to be answered is whether Beweis Nr. 4 (Proof No. 4) is valid, that is to say whether each person is really an artist. (source:

The Exhibition remains open until 25th June.