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Contemporary Art

Sotheby’s Celebrates 35 Years in Vienna With Major Exhibition

To mark its 35th anniversary in Vienna, Sotheby’s is staging a major exhibition of artworks loaned by Austrian collectors and foundations.

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A Glimpse Into Austria’s Private Collections, which is open to the public on 23–24 November, will chart the profound transformation of the Austrian art market over the last three decades in which iconic Austrian artists have become some of the most sought-after on the international scene.

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EGON SCHIELE, WEIBLICHER AKT MIT HOCHGESCHOBENEM HEMD (FEMALE WITH RAISED SHIRT). FROM THE COLLECTION OF A. ALFRED TAUBMAN: MASTERWORKS AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK, 4 NOVEMBER 2015. SOLD FOR $1,690,000.

The show, which takes place in the magnificent interiors of the Palais Schönborn-Batthyány, covers all key collecting categories, from Old Masters and 19th century works to Modern and Contemporary art and brings together works by leading Austrian and international artists.

Important works by Egon Schiele and Chaïm Soutine will be presented alongside Baroque masterworks by artists such as Franz Christoph Jannek and Gaetano Gandolfi, and monumental contemporary photographs by Jeff Wall, Thomas Struth and Thomas Ruff.

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FRANZ CHRISTOPH JANNECK, ELEGANTE MUSIZIERENDE GESELLSCHAFT IM FREIEN (AN ELEGANT COMPANY, WITH FIGURES PLAYING INSTRUMENTS AND MERRYMAKING). FROM OLD MASTER PAINTINGS AT SOTHEBY’S LONDON, 22 APRIL 2004. SOLD FOR £263,200.

Since the opening of Sotheby’s Vienna office in 1981, the Austrian art market has considerably evolved. Thirty-five years ago, Austrian collectors very rarely took part in international auctions. Since 1995, they have bought and sold millions worth of art through Sotheby’s sales. In the last 20 years, Austrian art foundations and museums have also become some of the most active in Europe. This is reflected in our anniversary exhibition in which 64% of the works have been loaned by foundations.

READ MORE: 10 IMPRESSIVE AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS FROM AUSTRIAN COLLECTORS

Another important evolution relates to the dramatic increase in the prices of leading Austrian artists, such as Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, due in large part to the great quality of art released onto the market via the restitution process and also the increasing globalisation of the art market since the late 1990s.

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JEFF WALL, SUNKEN ARE. FROM CONTEMPORARY ART EVENING SALE AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK, 12 MAY 2009. SOLD FOR $770,500.

In line with Austria’s great tradition of collecting, a number of major works and masterpieces sourced in the country have appeared at international auctions over the last two decades. Many of these works have set records at Sotheby’s, including the most valuable Old Master painting ever sold at auction, Peter Paul Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents, which sold for £49.5 million ($76.5 million) at Sotheby’s London in July 2002.

Based in the Palais Wilczek, over the last 35 years, Sotheby’s Vienna has been a relentless promoter of Austrian Art on the international scene. In addition to contributing to building the worldwide reputation of many Austrian artists, our team has been involved in many restitution cases and run many initiatives to support art in Austria, including lectures, travelling exhibitions  and charity auctions.

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CHAÏM SOUTINE, LES PLATANES À CÉRET. FROM IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART EVENING SALE AT SOTHEBY’S LONDON, 3 FEBRUARY 2016. SOLD FOR £941,000.

In 2001, Sotheby’s Vienna Managing Director Andrea Jungmann launched The Artist Quarterly Program, a scheme that promotes young Austrian artists by providing them with a space to present their works for a period of three months. Many successful emerging artists have been on view, including Deborah Sengl, Ester Stocker and Michael Höpfner.

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SONIA DELAUNAY, RYTHME COLORÉ. FROM IMPRESSIONIST & MODERN ART DAY SALE AT SOTHEBY’S LONDON, 6 FEBRUARY 2014. SOLD FOR £314,500.

The anniversary exhibition has been made possible thanks to the generous loans of private collectors and foundations, including the Liechtenstein Princely Collections (Vaduz, Vienna), the Klimt Foundation, Vienna and the Diethard Leopold Collection.

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GAETANO GANDOLFI, SCENE AT A CLASSICAL BANQUET. FROM IMPORTANT OLD MASTER PAINTINGS INCLUDING EUROPEAN WORKS OF ART AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK, 24 JANUARY 2008 – 25 JANUARY 2008. SOLD FOR $657,000.

A Glimpse Into Austria’s Private Collections is at Palais Schönborn-Batthyány, Renngasse, 1010 Vienna and is open to the public on 23 & 24 November from 10am–5pm.

Sotheby’s Vienna
Palais Wilczek, Herrengasse 5, 1010 Vienna, Austria
Tel: +43 1 512 4772 Fax: +43 1 513 4867 vienna.office@sothebys.com


Sotheby’s Österreich feiert das 35-jährigeJubiläum in Wien mit einer großartigen Ausstellung

Anlässlich des 35-jährigen Jubiläums in Wien zeigt Sotheby‘ s eine außergewöhnliche Ausstellung mit bedeutenden Kunstwerken aus österreichischen Privatsammlungen und Stiftungen.

Die Ausstellung mit dem Titel A Glimpse into Austria’s Private Collections ist Spiegelbild des Wandels am österreichischen Kunstmarkt während der letzten drei Jahrzehnte, in denen sich einige österreichische Künstler zu den gefragtesten am internationalen Schauplatz entwickelten. Die Ausstellung kann am 23. und 24. November in den Prunkräumen des Palais Schönborn-Batthyány besichtigt werden.

Die Ausstellung vereint Arbeiten bedeutender österreichischer und internationaler Künstler und deckt die wichtigsten Sammelkategorien ab, von Altmeistergemälden bis hin zu Klassischer Moderne und Zeitgenössischer Kunst. Bedeutende Arbeiten von Egon Schiele und Chaïm Soutine werden neben barocken Meisterwerken von Künstlern wie Franz Christoph Jannek und Gaetano Gandolfi und großformatigen zeitgenössischen Fotographien von Jeff Wall, Thomas Struth und Thomas Ruff zu sehen sein.

Ansässig im Palais Wilczek, war Sotheby’s Wien in den letzten 35 Jahren unnachgiebiger Fürsprecher und Förderer österreichischer Kunst am internationalen Markt. Sotheby’s Wien war daran beteiligt, den internationalen Bekanntheitsgrad vieler österreichischer Künstler zu steigern und war in zahlreiche Restitutionen involviert. Zudem entstanden unter der Leitung des Wiener Büros durch Andrea Jungmann unterschiedlichste Initiativen zur Förderung von Kunst in Österreich, so etwa auch das Artist Quarterly Programm. Dieses spezielle Programm von Sotheby’s Wien dient der Förderung junger Kunstschaffender, denen es ermöglicht wird, ihre Kunstwerke für jeweils drei Monate im Palais Wilczek kostenlos zu präsentieren. Seit der Einführung von Artist Quarterly waren zahlreiche, heute erfolgreiche Künstler bei Sotheby’s Wien vertreten.

Die Ausstellung wurde dank großzügiger Leihgaben von Privatsammlern und Stiftungen, darunter die Liechtenstein Princely Collections (Vaduz, Wien), die Klimt-Foundation, Wien und die Sammlung Diethard Leopold, möglich gemacht.

A Glimpse Into Austria's Private Collections ist im Palais Schönborn-Batthyány, Renngasse, 1010 Wien, am 23. und 24. November von 10.00-17.00 Uhr für Besucherinnen und Besucher geöffnet.

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