VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary 2014
Vienna, October 2, 2014
International Art Celebration in Vienna: The Opening of VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary
In its ten years existence VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary has successfully repositioned Vienna in the international art market. This was also clear to see at the opening of Austria’s biggest international art fair on October 1, 2014. More than 6500 visitors accepted the invitation from VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary’s chairman Dmitry Yu. Aksenov and artistic director Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt and joined the big art celebration following the official opening in the presence of Austrian Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer in Hall A of Messe Wien. Among the guests were numerous international art collectors such as Alain Servais from Belgium, Rik Reinking, Monika Lahrkamp, Gil Bronner, Ingrid and Thomas Jochheim from Germany, Neda Young from Croatia, and the US American collectors Kira Flanzraich, Barbara and Aaron Levine, and Carter Pottash.
Austrian art collectors, spearheaded by representatives of the shareholders of VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary – curator and museum director Edelbert Köb, attorney Bernhard Hainz, entrepreneur Martin Lenikus, and art collector Franz Wojda – along with architect Gustav Peichl, Thomas Angermair, Nikolaus Lehner, Roman and Margot Fuchs, Franziska and Christian Hausmaninger, Michael Klaar, and Rudi Schmutz strolled through the fair booths of the galleries together with representatives from politics and economy like Andreas Mailath-Pokorny, Executive City Councillor for Cultural Affairs of the City of Vienna, Francesca von Habsburg, founder and chairwoman of Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary (TBA21), Martin Böhm, managing director of the Dorotheum, Boris Marte, head of the innovation center of the Erste Group, and prominent members of the art scene such as Agnes Husslein, director of Belvedere, Klaus Albrecht Schröder, director of Albertina, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, director of MAK, Peter Bogner, director of the Austrian Friedrich and Lilian Kiesler Private Foundation, Gabriele Schor, head of Sammlung Verbund, Herwig Kempinger, president of Secession, Elisabeth Ginthör-Noever, head of departure – the Creative Center of the Vienna Business Agency, Bettina Leidl, director of Kunst Haus Wien, Nicolaus Schafhausen, director of Kunsthalle Wien, Johanna Schwanberg, director of the Cathedral Museum Vienna, and Peter Pakesch, artistic director of the Universalmuseum Joanneum as well as artists Hubert Scheibl, Eva Schlegel, Werner Reiterer, Hans Kupelwieser, Jakob Gasteiger, Gunter Damisch, Marko Lulic, Julie Monaco, Julius Deutschbauer, and Barbara Mungenast. (more…)