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Art shopping: Austria


From Vienna to Graz to Innsbruck, Austria boasts a thriving contemporary art scene. SHOP recommends the best galleries for art acquisition

City Guide
Paulina Szmydke,

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Salzburg and Paris have something in common: Thaddaeus Ropac’s infallible taste in contemporary art. The Austrian gallerist has just celebrated the 20th anniversary of his much celebrated branch in Paris, but his headquarters remain in the magnificent Villa Kast on Salzburg’s Mirabellplatz. Alex Katz, Tony Cragg, Erwin Wurm, Anselm Kiefer and Antony Gormley show here regularly.

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Mirabellplatz 2, 5020 Salzburg, +43 (0)662 881393

Galerie Krinzinger
Austrian avant-garde art of the 1960s and 1970s can be found at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna. Christian Ludwig Attersee, Hermann Nitsch and Walter Pichler are among the select group represented by Ursula Krinzinger. The gallerist has an eye and ear for the younger generation, such as Eva Schlegel and Martin Walde, and has also added some American West Coast artists such as Burden, Kelley, McCarthy, Pettibon, Pittman, Rubins, Shaw and Weissman to her selection.

Galerie Krinzinger, Seilerstätte 16, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 513 3006

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary
Those seeking the unconventional should head to Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary gallery, known as TBA 21, in the heart of Vienna. Founder Francesca von Habsburg is particularly keen on supporting young, emerging artists with a unique vision that defies traditional categorisation. Von Habsburg represents the fourth generation of the renowned Thyssen family’s dedication to art.

Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Himmelpfortgasse 13, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 5139 8560

Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman
Galerie Thoman in Innsbruck offers international contemporary art, particularly of Austrian origin. The works of landscape painter Herbert Brandl, best known for his plays on light and shadow, are particularly intriguing, as are those of Siegfried Anzinger, who paints subjects as diverse as saints and cowboys.

Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman, Maria-Theresien-Strasse 34, 6020 Innsbruck, +43 (0)512 575785

Galerie Kunst & Handel
The work of the Vienna Actionists, members of a controversial artistic movement of the 1960s, are to be found at Kunst & Handel, which translates into English as Art & Trade. The gallery represents the most prominent Actionists, including Günter Brus, Otto Mühl, Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler. The gallery also handles the estate of Johann Hauser and his Art Brut works.

Galerie Kunst & Handel, Palais Trauttmansdorff, Bürgergasse 5, 8010 Graz, +43 (0)316 810098

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