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Bank Austria Art Collection

Austrian art after 1945

With approximately 5,000 exhibits Bank Austria owns one of the most important collections of modern Austrian art. The works document, from different angles, Austrian art created in recent decades.

Bank Austria sees art sponsoring as a process of continuous confrontation and encounter with contemporary art. Works from the bank's collection are accessible to the bank's employees, customers and business partners. Pictures are exhibited as an integral part of our daily lives in the bank's branches and administrative offices.

The collection comprises works

  • by the avant-garde of the 1950s and 1960s - Markus Prachensky, Arnulf Rainer, Hans Staudacher, Max Weiler.
  • of Actionism – Günther Brus, Adolf Frohner, Hermann Nitsch.
  • from the 1970s – Christian Ludwig Attersee, Bruno Gironcoli, Valie Export, Kiki Kogelnik.
  • by the Gugging artists – Johann Fischer, Johann Hauser, August Walla.
  • by the Realists – Georg Eisler, Alfred Hrdlicka.
  • from the 1980s and 1990s – Gunter Damisch, Peter Kogler, Hubert Schmalix, Otto Zitko.
  • and recent works – Ilse Haider, Michael Kienzer, Alois Mosbacher, Muntean/Rosenblum.

History of the Bank Austria art collection.

The origins of the art collection date back more than fifty years. The founders were the predecessor banks of UniCredit Bank Austria AG.

In 1991 the collections of both, Länderbank and Zentralsparkasse, were merged, becoming through subsequent acquisitions one of the biggest and most important Austrian private art collection.

Creditanstalt began to collect art in the early 1970s. On 12 August 2002 the collections of  Bank Austria and Creditanstalt were finally merged into today's large art collection.