Monika Mayer

Historian, studied history, art history and European ethnology in Innsbruck and Vienna; head of the archive of the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna; member of the Commission for Provenance Research; numerous publications and talks on museum history, provenance research and cultural policy during the period of Austro-Fascism and National Socialism, incl. 2012 with Eva Blimlinger co-editor of Kunst sammeln – Kunst handeln. Beiträge des internationalen Symposiums in Wien (vol. 3 of Commission for Provenance Research publication series).

The painter Max Liebermann, born in Berlin in 1847 as the son of the wealthy industrialist Louis Liebermann and his wife Philippine, née Haller, was one of the most important representatives of German Impressionism.

In response to the emphatic demand by the Secessionists led by Carl Moll and Otto Wagner for a public gallery of contemporary art as a counterbalance to the imperial collections, in 1901 Emperor Franz Joseph I agreed to the establishment of the Moderne Galerie.