Modern Masters 2019

Modern Masters – Festival of Fine Art

Modern Masters – Festival of Fine Art in Vienna. From 5 to 12 October, eight leading art dealers present new acquisitions and highlights from their collections – from painting to applied arts to photography.

After the successful presentation last year, Modern Masters – Festival of Fine Art starts its second edition in October. From 05 to 12 October, eight leading art dealers will present a week full of exhibitions, events and art enjoyment. The idea for Modern Masters was born as early as 2018. In joint discussions, it gradually became clear that the time had come to enrich the Wiener Kunstherbst with a joint event, as has been the case in other metropolises such as London and New York for years – a show of the best that the art trade has to offer. To fill this gap, we have created Modern Masters. Its predecessor last year has already developed into a meeting place for national and international collectors, curators, experts and art lovers. This year, too, we are enriching the Wiener Kunstherbst, with its numerous events on contemporary art, with a high-class programme dedicated to outstanding national and international works of the 19th and 20th centuries – from arts and crafts to photography, painting and sculpture. In 2019, visitors will be offered an even broader programme of exhibitions, guided tours, discussions with experts and dialogues – all in the tradition of salon culture.

Our common goal is to lead buyers towards quality, reduce fear of galleries and the art trade, convey our knowledge and enthusiasm, and awaken the curiosity of younger collectors.

Participants 2019

The list of participating galleries includes only a few, but high-class Viennese dealers who see themselves as specialists in their respective fields. Together they are united not only by friendship, cross-genre cooperation and many years of experience in the trade, but also by the demand for quality at the highest level, work on extensive scientific publications and the courage to launch new projects together:

  • Bel Etage Kunsthandel: specialists for art and furnishing objects of the Viennese Art Nouveau, the Viennese Secession Style, the Wiener Werkstätte as well as art objects of important manufactories.
  • Galerie Johannes Faber: Specialist for classical modernist photography in original prints (vintage prints) from Europe and the USA. As well as contemporary photography by internationally renowned photographers.
  • Galerie Sylvia Kovacek: Specialists in Central European glass from the Renaissance to the 1950s, as well as 19th and 20th century painting and 21st century.
  • Gallery at the Albertina – Zetter: Specialists in painting, sculpture and design of Art Nouveau and especially of the Wiener Werkstätte, the Austrian classical modernism and contemporary art.
  • Galerie Ruberl: Specialists for Oskar Kokoschka and art after 1945 with focus on Arnulf Rainer.
  • Kunsthandel Kolhammer: Specialists for Wiener Werkstätte, Werkstätte Hagenauer, Johann Loetz Witwe, Glas der Tiffany Studios, as well as selected works of Viennese Art Nouveau and Design.
  • Kunsthandel Giese & Schweiger: Specialists for important Austrian painting of the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Kunsthandel Wienerroither & Kohlbacher: Specialists for Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Alfred Kubin as well as selected positions of Classical Modernism, German Expressionism and art after 1945.



Within the framework of the Modern Masters, the participants not only present new acquisitions and highlights of their collections, but also offer the public interested in art a wide range of events – from special exhibitions, guided tours and dialogues to expert discussions on topics such as glass art, vintage photography or art law for collectors.
The provisional programme items can be found at:


Some work highlights and prices

The price spectrum of the Modern Masters ranges between a few thousand euros for a photograph by Trude Fleischmann and reaches into the high six-figure range. Here is a selection of works and prices.
– Kunsthandel Wienerroither & Kohlbacher: GUSTAV KLIMT, Sitzender Akt von vorn, ca 1910 for € 180.000 and JOSEF FLOCH, Silent Afternoon, 1965-70 for € 38.000
– Gallery Ruberl: OSKAR KOKOSCHKA, Kneeling Girl, made around 1920 for € 95.000
– Johannes Faber Gallery: RUDOLF KOPPITZ, movement study, Vienna 1925 for € 180,000 or TRUDE FLEISCHMANN, dancer Claire Bauroff, Vienna 1926 for € 4,200
– bel etage: LEOPOLD BAUER, LÖTZ WITWE / E. BAKALOWITZ SÖHNE, four flame chandelier, Vienna around 1903 for € 38.000
– Kunsthandel Kolhammer: ROBERT HOLUBETZ FÜR JOAHNN LOETZ-WITWE, Vase, ca. 1901 for € 26.000
– Gallery at the Albertina – Tedder: GUDRUN BAUDISCH, double head, design 1929 for € 56.000

Partners and Supporters

We would also like to thank Tectus Insurance Brokers and Kunsttrans for their great support and our media partners Parnass Artlife and ORFIII.


General information

Date: 05 to 12 October 2019
Location: Vienna 1010 and Vienna 1040
Admission: free

Press contact

Kunsthandel Wienerroither & Kohlbacher
Dr. Sascha Worrich
Strauchgasse 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria
+43 1 533 99 77

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