So are there many queer artists in Vienna?
There is a very lively queer art scene. Philipp Timischl, Toni Schmale and Ana Hoffner have all had solo exhibitions in Viennese galleries and institutions. An important role is also played by some of those who teach at Vienna’s art universities. Renate Lorenz, Dorit Margreiter, Julian Göthe and also Ashley Hans Scheirl and Jakob Lena Knebl are powerful advocates of queer art. Next year, Scheirl and Knebl will also occupy the Austrian Pavilion at the Art Biennale in Venice. The Venice Biennale is one of the most important international art events. The fact that Austria has selected this pair is both a strong signal and a major accolade.
June is Pride Month. What does this mean?
This is related to the history of the Pride Parade or, as it is known in Vienna, the Regenbogenparade
or Rainbow Parade. In Germany, one tends to speak of Christopher Street Day. In 1969, this street in New York was the setting for a demonstration by queers who were defending themselves against police brutality. Many members of the queer community were injured. Every June, Christopher Street Day commemorates these riots and countless events in support of diversity and tolerance take place around the world. This is why June is also Pride Month, one is proud of both one’s identity and one’s history. And is happy to show this.
What will take place in the Belvedere in artistic terms?
Many museums now offer a queer interpretation of their collections. There are queer guided tours, during which the queerness factor of certain works is investigated. We are also offering such tours. Besides this, we are organising a queer film festival, a magazine presentation and an installation in the Baroque garden: 1,600 primary school children have interpreted the rainbow on the initiative of the artist Ugo Rondinone. The result is the world’s largest rainbow picture – a symbol of hope, tolerance and diversity.