At the beginning of 2014 Sigrun and Günther Kollitsch opened their new company headquarters, and in doing so they created not only a special place for their staff but also an appropriate setting with sufficient space for their personal sphere of interest – fine art. From this starting point the KUNSTHAUS : KOLLITSCH was formed, enhancing the office building with contemporary art and aiming to combine the world of work with the world of art at a high level. In the modern, museum-like ambience of the generously proportioned listed building, contemporary art by young, innovative and also established artists is presented, the collection being changed on an annual basis. The changing exhibitions show works from the Kollitsch collection and loaned works, some of which can also be purchased.
The Kollitsch collection is a private collection of contemporary art with an international perspective, and has been steadily built up over past years. It includes works in all artistic media, such as paintings, drawings, sculpture, installations, photography and video, and offers a cross-section of the variety of artistic modes of expression over the whole spectrum of modern art.
Behind the KUNSTHAUS: KOLLITSCH is an expert, committed team with a great passion for contemporary art and culture. The different artistic positions for the collection and for exhibitions are partly selected by Sigrun and Günther Kollitsch themselves and partly in collaboration with various curators and advisers. The collection manager and exhibition director is Magdalena Koschat. All members of the team discuss the conceptual and content-based orientation of the collection, and together they work out future strategies.
Featured artist of the month
Michela Ghisetti was born in Bergamo, Italy, in 1966, and has lived and worked as a freelance artist in Vienna since 1992. She studied painting and graphic design at the Carrara Academy of Fine Arts in Bergamo from 1988 to 1992, followed by further studies of the same subjects under Gunter Damisch at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna from 1992 to 1996. Her works have been displayed in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Vienna and elsewhere, and they have also featured in private and public collections, such as the Albertina in Vienna, the Angerlehner Museum in Wels, the Urban Collection in Waidhofen, the Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture (BMUKK) in Vienna, the Art Collection of the City of Vienna and the Strabag Collection in Vienna. The Albertina will be holding a large-scale retrospective for Michela Ghisetti in 2021. The artist has received several rewards, including the STRABAG Artaward International in 2005.