Hans Knoll (Galerie Knoll), Anna Netcheporuk (ART MOSCOW)
In the run-up of the second edition the ViennaFair was controversial discussed. Some observer of the scene thought that a new management had to be back at square one.
But the fears raised did not come true. Only narrow alleys raised complaints. The organisation was exemplary - even if we have wished a closer relation to the art world by the executives.
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has achieved its
attractiveness not only throught the city of vienna - with its gravity towards artists and collectors - but also by branding as a proximity to the neighbouring states in the east.
Thus some think immediately of "impoverished" artists but not of well-off collectors from Budapest, Bratislava and Bucharest, which also want to indulge their passion in the western market.
Hans Knoll (Galerie Knoll
) who has discovered the Hungarian market already 1988 for himself and who opened in 1989 the first "western" gallery enterprise observes the large acceptance not only from collectors originating from Hungary.
The specialist and the buyers from all over Europe discover Vienna as the market place for art from all CEE countries. For the artists this city became a steppingstone and the viennafair could benefit from the decision to - also - place emphasis on the east.
"I'd rather expected interest in painting and smaller formats, but especially large sized works from Claudia Rogge received very much attention."
Rüdiger Voss: Galerie Voss
"With its concentration on the CEE (central Eastern Europe) the Vienna fair makes all the difference. This profile is in any case promising. The interest is not only fixed on painting; also difficult positions are accepted by the public."
Lukas Feichtner: lukas feichtner galerie
"Quantum jump to the previous year. The fair is on the road to success. Vienna thereby proves its status as a turntable between Eastern and Western Europe."
Ernst Hilger: Galerie Ernst Hilger
Text: Artur M. Holweg