The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation
Kontakt was founded in 2004 by Erste Group as an independent association and is dedicated to artistic developments in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe that had found little resonance in recent art history and in the public eye up to that point.
An international art advisory committee consisting of Silvia Eiblmayr, Georg Schöllhammer, Jiří Ševčík, Branka Stipančić and Adam Szymczyk is responsible for developing the collection and for its political positioning.
A nomadic collection, Kontakt is available, as a whole or in part, to museums and exhibition houses across the globe to support the often fragile situation of public institutions. The art of Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe is still inadequately researched; hence Kontakt’s aim of placing it within the context of global art history by initiating and providing academic support for a variety of publications, artists archives and projects.
Kontakt comprises 600 works of art by 107 artists/artist groups. Since its founding it has loaned 2,650 objects to 161 institutions worldwide.
Cover Picture: Sanja Iveković, Nova Zvijezda (Neuer Stern), 1983 © Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation