Round table discussion: Collecting art as a way to support a thriving art community
@Cukrarna Gallery, Poljanski nasip 40
What is it that actually keeps an art community alive and dynamic? What forces are crucial in attracting local artistic production? How do collectors, galleries, art fairs and art consultants contribute to enlivening an art scene? And to what extent might the art world have to abandon some of its conventions in order to appeal to a new generation of collectors? The round table discussion brings together different voices from Vienna's art scene, which has developed and rejuvenated dynamically in recent years.
Florian Langhammer is co-founder and editor-in-chief of Collectors Agenda, an international art magazine founded in Vienna in 2016, whose editorial focus is on artist studio interviews and collector home stories. Florian and his partner Michael founded Collectors with the motivation to inspire more people to engage with contemporary art, including those who have inhibitions about getting involved in the art scene. In addition to editorial work, Collectors Agenda also functions as a gallery for editions with its own project space in Vienna's city centre. Florian is a career changer in the art world, having previously worked as a brand strategy consultant at international brand consultancy Landor Associates. He continues to divide his time between developing Collectors Agenda and providing strategic advice to start-ups, SMEs and blue-chip companies. Through the many contacts he has made with artists over the years, Florian and his partner have become collectors themselves, focusing mainly on minimalist or abstract art by emerging and established Austrian and German artists.
Saskia Wiesenthal Art Collector, Hotel Marketing & Art Manager
Saskia Wiesenthal is responsible for Marketing & Art at Hotel Altstadt Vienna, one of the city's leading boutique hotels. She studied Photography and Art History before taking a degree in Marketing and has been part of the hotel's team for 12 years. Following in the footsteps of her father, who founded the unusual four-star establishment 31 years ago, she grew up surrounded by art and naturally became a collector herself. Today, the hotel offers 62 very different rooms, individually designed by creative minds from different fields, and houses more than 400 works of art, mainly by Austrian contemporary artists, which are displayed in the hotel rooms and public areas. The Wiesenthals support young artists by providing a space on their ground floor for exhibitions and also purchasing art directly from the studios.
Elsa König Second generation gallerist, Christine König Galerie
Elsa König is an Austrian art historian specialising in contemporary art who is responsible for social media, press and events at Christine König Galerie and, together with Robby Greif, represents the gallery's younger generation. In the past, Elsa has worked in institutions such as the MAK - Museum of Applied Arts and the Generali Foundation in Vienna and was an intern at MoMA and the Neue Galerie in New York as well as in various other galleries. She curated exhibitions at different venues and initiated collections of contemporary art for collectors of her generation. Elsa is not only a lifelong admirer, but also a collector of contemporary art herself, and loves daily life surrounded by art.
Lotte Puschmann Independent curator and art consultant
Lotte Puschmann is an independent culture manager, art consultant and curator. Before coming to Vienna in 2010, Lotte spent several years in Berlin and Munich, which enabled her to build up her network. Lotte organises art events in Europe, develops cultural concepts with artists and galleries and advises collectors, companies and institutions. As a creative director and curator, Lotte realises exhibition concepts and initiated the Viennese cultural networking event "Salon im Looshaus". She is also the founder and managing director of the brand consultancy "OK Kunst".
Franziska Resinger Art collector, Creative agency owner
Franziska Resinger is the CEO and founder of franCie. – a boutique communications agency based in Vienna. A restless creative, full of ideas and enthusiasm for her clients' projects, she strives for tailor-made strategies and solutions. Combining business knowledge and creativity, she keeps an eye on the big picture and is able to take on many roles – with great passion. Thus, she is a true connector and collector. She brings clients and friends together to help their businesses flourish and is constantly gathering inspiration through her open and friendly nature. A true art enthusiast, she started her own small art collection while working for viennacontemporary and successfully supported the art fair with her wide-ranging skills in PR and Communications. Always curious about novelties and innovations, she has a strong interest in new and exciting contemporary artists.
Andreas Duscha is a conceptual artist with a focus on analogue photography. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, and psychology at the University of Vienna. Since 2021 he is teaching at the University for applied Arts Vienna. He exhibits regularly in museums, foundations and international galleries. His work has been shown at venues and events like Belvedere 21, Wien, Kunsthaus Zürich, ISCP New York, Manifesta, Rovereto, Biennale de Fin del Mundo (Ushuaia), ACF Bratislava to name just a few.