45 years GALLERY
39 years exhibitions and events - hundreds of catalogues (now searched for by specialists), thousands of art objects and international reputation. GALLERY ZACKE “upstairs“ - the house of tradition for antique Asian Art and the largest of its kind in Austria.
GALLERY ZACKE - THE STORY
Kokoschka, Hundertwasser, Ukiyoe and the begin of a passion. Gallery Zacke started as a modern gallery in the 60´s. In the so-called “Art Cabinet“, where prominent artists and famous painters met, including Oskar Kokoschka. Zacke was the first to show works of the Viennese School (Fuchs, Brauer, Hausner, Lehmden, Hutter) in Switzerland. After the first big successes with bequest exhibitions from Oskar Laske, Max Oppenheimer or Carry Hauser, Kolo Moser, Jungnickel and Alfred Kubin, soon however came the love for Asian art. Step-by-step Gallery Zacke brought regional antique art from Asia and presented uncountable exhibitions on the Viennese art market from India over Southeastern Asia, China and Japan - Finally even from Oceania and Ancient America.
Breakthrough with Netsuke
The first breakthrough on the international art market came with the, at that time, unique exhibition which presented over 200 Netsuke and made the art of Netsuke to a much-discussed and respected theme. Netsuke are small carved figures of wood or ivory from Japan, originally worn as clasps for various objects on the belt.
The Netsuke Symposien from 1984 – 1993, held by Zacke, initiated great international interest. Collectors and experts from all over the world met in Vienna. Bi-annually Zacke organized visits to major Asian museums in Eastern Europe (then still behind the Iron Curtain), Prag, Krakau, Budapest and even to the Hermitage in Petersburg, which exhibited and published our collectors` extensive Netsuke collections.
Swords for 200,000. US$ and more
Exhibitions with precious Samurai swords and sword fittings also enjoyed wide-spread European recognition. Four presentations shown by Zacke were totally sold-out. The valuable blades reached prices over 200,000. - US$.
But there was even more - Exhibitions about Japanese lacquer art, camphor prints (the most beautiful earliest large-format color prints in the world), about HOKUSAI, or about ARCHAIC & ANTIQUE JADE Chinas (see below), a powerfully fascinating area, due to the enormously productive time span of 5000 to 7000 years! But also special exhibitions like the recent show of rare tribal art areas, the catalogue about the BASTAR (India) and the once much-rumored NAGA headhunters (Eastern India-Burma) are exceptional and impressive specimens!
Two to three annual Asian art auctions beginning 1997
An auction is simply an auction, an exciting world of its own with many followers due to the many-faceted consignments from different areas. Our last auctions took place in the renowned Café Griensteidl on Michaelerplatz, next to the Hofburg, in Vienna´s most central and exclusive vicinity. The cultivated auction salon (with its bountiful coffee and cake corner) is always well-received! Our first auctions were in the Schulerstraße, later in Luegerplatz, then - on a larger scale - in Palais Esterhazy, not far from our current gallery. ZACKE AUCTIONS & GALLERY in Palais Esterhazy became indeed too large for Viennese circumstances. The following reduction and intermezzo phase in Kritzendorf near Klosterneuburg (also with auctions) was too far away from Vienna. Our current centralization - gallery in Kohlmarkt, living in Michaelerplatz and auctions next door in Griensteidl - has proved to be successful!
Zacke Kohlmarkt "upstairs"
Monday - Friday: 13 – 18 o'clock
Saturday: 10 – 13 o´clock
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