Vanessa Mang has always loved to draw, but her true passion for art came with her studies that lead her to a degree in art history. Today, she manages the Vienna gallery, takes care of her team and helps the artists to constantly develop their style and technique. Her goal is to get the best for her clients.

Semi-abstract art particularly touched her, because according to her, it gives a scenario but the rest is open to our own imagination. It pushes us to use our own fantasy and allows us to be creative...

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How long have you been working at CDA? What does your job involve? 
I started to be a part of this adventure in December 2020, when the gallery in Vienna opened. My job involves so many different aspects - taking care of my team, the artistes and of course our customers. I think to be an art curator means to help the artists to constantly develop their style and technique, and so to get the best for our customers. I always say that our first priority is the customer service because I want every customer to get out of the gallery with a smile, and in the best case with an artwork, too.
What do you like best about your work? Where does this passion for art come from?
My favorite part of this job is the contact with the customers. I am a seller since I started to work at 16, I have always loved the customer contact and I think there is no better reward than a happy customer. I also really like to go above and beyond to meet all the needs my customers might have. 

I always liked to draw at school but the real passion for art came with my studies. I made my BA in art-history and I am writing my MA thesis right now. So when I was 18 and I had to decide what I want to do with the rest of life, I looked through all the different studies at the University of Vienna and there was art-history and I just knew that this it, this what I want to do with my life, until now it worked out well. 

What were your first steps in the contemporary art world?
Most art-history students are not into contemporary art but I was always interested in it. As far as I can remember I had the first real encounter with contemporary art when I was 14 in the MUMOK (Museum for modern art). I have seen this artwork and at first sight I didn’t understand it but then I read something about it and since this moment I always try to be open about art. Especially contemporary art is something that you sometimes don’t really understand but at the second glance or if somebody explains it to you, it opens up a completely new world.

Do you have an anecdote to tell us? With an artist / a client / a collaborator? Something you will never forget?
If you are every day in the gallery and meet so many different customers and artists, you just have a lot of funny, heartwarming, sometimes confusing stories, which you will never forget. I will remember them all, but I believe the most important feeling, which I will always keep in my heart, is just how pleased it makes me if we find that one artwork for a customer, that they instantly fall in love with. 


Which style touches you particularly, why? What does it provoke in you?
Like Jérémie Anguera, the gallerist from Toulouse, I am also into semi-abstract art. I like that it gives you a scenario, for example, but the rest is open to your own imagination, it makes you to use you own fantasy and lets you to be creative. 

An artist from Carré d'artistes whose work you particularly like? 
That is a hard question. I think that each of our artists has so many different artworks and that each of these artworks has its own valuable and fascinating facets, and it also depends on my mood. If I am more in a playful mood, I would say Nai, if I want to escape the reality, I would say Ivica Petras, if I need some new impressions in my everyday life, I would say Patricia Frida.

If you had to describe Carré d'artistes in three words, which would you choose? Why or why not? 
Unique, of course. 

I love the whole concept, it is really unique and an absolutely great idea. With Carré d’artistes I always have the feeling that not only our doors are open but also our hearts and our minds. I have so many different artists and customers, and everybody is welcome. I think that we, in the galleries, are a connection between the artist and the customer. And until now, I haven’t seen a lot of the world but being part of the Carré d’artist network also gives me the feeling of being connected to all the other galleries around the world.

Rather small or large formats? For what reason?
Small formats. I like to break the boundaries of one big artwork and create out of many small formats an artwork itself. 

Why do you think art is important?
I was asked to choose a theme for my collection but to be honest I am not into music, or sport or something else. My passion is art. Art is so essential in our society and history, it has always been here and it will always be, it is an international, timeless way to express ourselves. It’s an opportunity to escape the world and to find a new one. It’s freedom, it’s impartial politically, it’s beautiful, ugly and so much more. And the one thing I like the most about art … it’s emotional, art brings out memories and emotions and that’s why art is important. 

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