Ernst Hilger I Photo: Galerie Ernst Hilger
Galerie Hilger, Vienna
Ernst Hilger, who established his gallery in 1971, numbers among the first and longest-standing exhibitors at art KARLSRUHE, but all those who have the good fortune to be personally acquainted with this Viennese gallerist feel as though they are dealing with one of the youngest mediators of art. Hilger’s enthusiasm is unique and his passionate urge to live with and in art is contagious. Crowds of eager listeners quickly accumulate whenever he begins to talk with visitors at his stand about the paintings on display there because he is one of the mediators of art who communicate with a compelling combination of competence and passion. Not only do his listeners tangibly feel the presence of the artists and the ideas, they also appreciate this gallerist’s ability to build credible bridges of understanding between the creators of the artworks and the connoisseurs who might choose to collect these creations.
Ernst Hilger is undoubtedly a man who opens doors. He relies on his international network of first-rate contacts to enable private and public collections to acquire outstanding artworks, especially in the genre of Contemporary art. His stands at the trade fair span a programmatic arc from Austrian postwar Modernism (e.g. Christian Ludwig Attersee, Gunter Damisch, Franz Grabmayr, Oswald Oberhuber, Arnulf Rainer and Hans Staudacher) to Pop Art and thus to Allen Jones, Mel Ramos and Andy Warhol. Moreover, Hilger also repeatedly presents significant individual positions which have long since taken their rightful places in contemporary art history, e.g. Keith Haring or Èrro, whose narrative figuration is currently enjoying strong interest among collectors.