• Everything we see could also be otherwise (My sweet little lamb)
    20 September – 11 November 2017

    The Showroom (63 Penfold St, Marylebone, London NW8 8PQ, UK) Curated by: What, How & for Whom/WHW, in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg, co-curated by Emily Pethick Preview: Tuesday 19 September, 6.30–8.30pm Exhibition opening hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12–6pm The Showroom presents the epilogue of a long-term project which took place over several months in Zagreb (November 2016 to May 2017), which contextualised and rethought the Kontakt Art Collection. It was curated by What, How & for Whom/WHW in collaboration with Kathrin Rhomberg. This final exhibition is co-curated by The Showroom Director Emily Pethick. Taking selected works from the Vienna-based Kontakt Art Collection as its point of departure, including seminal pieces by some of the most prominent artists from Central, Eastern and South-East Europe since the 1960s, the exhibition stages an interplay between these and other historical, contemporary and newly produced works that interpret and critically examine the collection. The project unfolded in six episodes in Zagreb, each iteration influencing, contradicting and reinforcing each other. It took place in a number of smaller art spaces, artists' studios, private apartments and other locations related to artistic production and the broader cultural landscape of the city. This final stage of the project at The Showroom continues to reframe and expand the context of the collection. Interlacing geographically and poetically heterogeneous artist practices, the project attempts to punctuate standardized presentations and interpretations of works that have dominated international art circuits over the last few decades, with more disorderly and experimental arrangements. The project title is taken from a work by Croatian artist Mladen Stilinović (1947–2016), to whom the project is dedicated. Stilinović's life-long anti-systemic approach, his quiet but shrewd rebellion against social conventions and the conventions of art, and an artistic practice that trenchantly and humorously engages with complex themes of ideology, work, money, pain and poverty, inspired a generation of artists worldwide. The project is a cooperation with Kontakt Art Collection and is supported by Erste Group Bank AG and ERSTE Foundation.


Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation

Association for the Promotion of Central, East and Southeast European Art

Am Belvedere 1
1100 Vienna


  • Kathrin Rhomberg, Chairwoman
  • Andreas Huber (Erste Group Bank AG)
  • Christine Böhler, Chairwoman (2009 – 2013)
  • Boris Marte, Chairman (2004 – 2009)
  • Wolfgang Schopf (2004 – 2011)


  • Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR)
  • Ceská spořitelna
  • Erste Bank Croatia
  • Erste Bank Hungary
  • ERSTE Foundation
  • Erste Group Bank AG
  • Slovenská sporitel’ňa

Art Advisory Committee

  • Silvia Eiblmayr
  • Georg Schöllhammer
  • Jiří Ševčík
  • Branka Stipančić
  • Adam Szymczyk


Artistic Director

  • Kathrin Rhomberg

Collection Curator

Head of Program and Production

Head of Collection Management

Archives and Administration

Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation is a non-profit art association based in Vienna. Its purpose is the support and promotion of Central, East and Southeast European Art.

Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation is responsible for the Art in Architecture-project “The Canaletto View” (curated by Kathrin Rhomberg & Pierre Bal-Blanc) of Erste Group Bank AG at the Erste Campus in Vienna, Austria.