Kontakt. Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation
Kontakt. Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation
Friedrichstr. 10
1010 Vienna
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Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation | New website

Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation

New website

Kontakt. Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation
Friedrichstr. 10
1010 Vienna, Austria

720 artwork of 94 artists on display now
Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its new and strongly improved website. Through the new online representation, the page intends to offer a full display of its unique collection.В 

Up to now, Kontakt comprises around 720 artworks by over 94 artists from 14 different countries. Since its founding in 2004, works from the Kontakt. Art Collection have been displayed in around 80 exhibitions worldwide. Walter Seidl, curator of Kontakt, says: “We hope that with the launch of the new website, we can offer better visibility of the whole collection, many more of the works will be presented internationally in the future.”


Adrian,  Althamer,  Bäcker,  Bajević,  Baladrán,  Bartuszová,  Benjamin,  Bilda, Bitter/Weber, Bodzianowski, Boyadjiev, Brăila, Brătescu, Caramelle, Dabernig, Decristel, Dejanoff, Denzer, Dertnig, Dróżdż, El-Hassan, Erdély, EXPORT, Filko, Fogarasi, Gappmayr, Gorgona, Gotovac, Grigorescu, Group of Six Artists, Grubić, Gržinić/Šmid, Hahnenkamp, Hajas, Haliti, Holzfeind, IRWIN, Ivanov, Iveković, Jermolaewa, Kamerić, Knifer, Knížák, Knorr, Kolářová, Koller, Koťátková, Kovanda, Krasiński, Kwiek, KwieKulik, Ladik, Lehocká, Libera, Lienbacher, Little Warsaw, Malevich, Malich, Mančuška, Mangelos, Margreiter, Martek, Martinis, Maurer, Mayer, Miler, Mlčoch, Moudov, Natalia LL, OHO, Ondák, Ostojić, Paripović, Partum, Pogačar, Pongracz, Ressler, Rossa, Scheirl, Šedá, Shkololli, Solakov, Štembera, Stilinović, Stilinović, Todosijević, Tomić, Trbuljak, Vătămanu/Tudor, Weibel, Weinberger, Willmann, Żmijewski, Zobernig


Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE FoundationВ focuses on Central, Eastern and Southeastern European artistic activity which has accompanied the social and political developments of the past decades and has been contributing significant works to European art since the late 1950s.

The collection’s purpose is to reflect on conceptual forms of art production within Europe’s changing political geographies. This involves placing the art of the formerly socialist countries in an international art context and drawing attention to its reciprocal connections and varied practices. Kontakt aims to collect works which play an integral role within European art history while also claiming an exceptional status within a politically heterogeneous terrain.

There are several categories of interest which developed within the art scene of the 1960s and correspond with the major themes of the collection: the reflection on and approach to modernist structures, the redefinition of material in space, issues of the political and the public, and matters of the body on both a performative and a gender-emancipative level.

Reflections on such developments in these regions serve as the point of departure for assembling and expanding a collection of artworks in a variety of media and formats. The younger artists represented by Kontakt often relate to the works of their precursors from the 1960s and 1970s, lending the collection coherence in media and thought.

The presentation of the collection’s artworks remains decentralized and relational, and is independent of an institutional or locally anchored exhibition space. In general, the artworks are available as loans for context-specific exhibitions and presentations. Currently, over 90 artists from 14 countries are represented in the collection.

A further aim of the collection is to function as a research tool that helps international scholars and curators gain more insight concerning specific fields of interest, providing information about individual artworks in order to facilitate their circulation in exhibitions as important art-historical testimonies. Hence, the mission of the collection consists in bringing together a body of art-historically unique, yet in their entirety coherent works which, taken together, allow for a new understanding of art from various political and social angles.

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Did you know, for example, where the name of the collection comes from? It bears the name “Kontakt” in tribute to the work of Slovak artist JГєlius Koller (1939–2007), who left behind one of the most distinctive conceptual art oeuvres in the region of former Czechoslovakia. Moreover, Czech artist JiЕ™Г­ Kovanda also used the term “Kontakt” in his works in order to hint at the interrupted communication between art and the public as well as between the Communist Bloc and the Western world. The term’s existence in German was taken as the impetus to use it as a name for the collection in order to overcome the former East-West boundaries, as well as to assemble a body of works which has meanwhile made its way into a pan-European canon of art history.

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