2014 / Events

The Vernissage

VIENNAFAIR The New Contemporary opened yesterday with the attendance of more than 6500 visitors.

VIENNAFAIR 2014 was organized by VF Betriebsgesellschaft mbH.

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.

Dmitry Aksenov, Renger van den Heuvel, The President Dr. Heinz Fischer, Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt

Dmitry Aksenov, Renger van den Heuvel, The President Dr. Heinz Fischer, Christina Steinbrecher-Pfandt

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 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 Noever-Ginthör, 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.

See you tomorrow at VIENNAFAIR 🙂

The President Dr. Heinz Fischer

The President Dr. Heinz Fischer

Photo credits: VIENNAFAIR/Jakob Polacsek, Alexander Murashkin, Kristina Kulakova.

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