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).

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.