21.10.2010 to 14.03.2011
• Days with event
Collection Vienna Insurance Group
Date: Oct 21 - Feb 21
extendend until Mar 14
Venue: LEOPOLD MUSEUM
With a selection of over 100 works, the Leopold Museum presents the first comprehensive cross-section of the over 5,000-work art collection of Vienna Insurance Group (VIG), which was created from the combined art holdings of subsidiaries Wiener Städtische Versicherung, Donau Versicherung and the Group\'s newest member s-Versicherung. Since the 1920s, Wiener Städtische Versicherung has been involved in art and in art patronage. These activities eventually developed into active collecting, which has by now given rise to a notable art collection with an emphasis on painting and graphics created between 1945 and the present.
The lion\'s share of the collection is housed at the insurance group\'s headquarters in the Ringturm building, a tower-like structure erected in 1955 according to plans by Erich Boltenstern.\r\n
The collection\'s major works include Oskar Kokoschka\'s painting Anschluss - Alice in Wonderland of 1942, which deals with wartime politics and war\'s horrors. The early years of the post-1945 Austrian Republic are represented in Vienna Insurance Group\'s collection via major works by Herbert Boeckl, Arnulf Rainer, Giselbert Hoke and Max Weiler. Important examples of painting during the 1960s and 1970s are works by Hans Staudacher, Oswald Oberhuber, Georg Eisler, Robert Hammerstiel and Franz Grabmayr.