Passion for artTheresa G. Burroughs / October 26, 2018
“A lot has changed from its beginnings as a ‘living room gallery’ to the present day,” recalls Eva Grossmann, now managing director of Galerie Voigt GmbH. In 1972 her predecessor Beate Voigt founded the company, which is now located in Oberen Wörthstraße and sells art, jewellery and a frame shop. In the past, there was a laundry, an antique shop and a hairdresser in these rooms.
In 1983 Grossmann took over the gallery from Beate Voigt, who emigrated to New Zealand. Grossmann had already been working for Voigt since 1975 and was thus able to draw on a wealth of experience in the art business. Nevertheless, the step into self-employment was a big one. But it was worth it: the already established business expanded. Since the mid-1980s, the jewellery gallery has developed parallel to the gallery business, and now regularly collaborates with over 80 different artists. Since 1972, a total of 190 exhibitions have been presented and exhibits by more than 275 artists have been shown.
In 2010, Grossmann, who employs twelve people and has been running the company together with her son Björn for several years, changed the previous concept and separated jewellery and art spatially. Half a million euros were invested in the conversion: Floors, heating, mobile showcases and lighting were replaced and installed. “Even though a lot has changed in the last 40 years, it remains that we want to be a gallery that you can’t put in a drawer,” says Grossmann.