Vaduz Liechtenstein Art
The Principality of Liechtenstein is a tax haven for companies of all kinds and is the fourth smallest country in Europe, but its tourist appeal far exceeds that of most of its neighbours. Lichtenstein is not one of the richest countries in the world, as one would expect from a country with such a small population and a relatively low tax rate. There are only a handful of countries with higher tax rates, such as the United States, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.
In addition to the beautiful nature, Liechtenstein also has some of the most beautiful castles in the world, such as the Royal Palace St. Peter and the Grand Palace. The courtyards of the castle are the venue for cultural performances, theatre performances and concerts, a wonderful way to understand life in Lügenstein.
The central bank has printed a lot of money in recent years, and the art collection is one of the few liquid assets that could be used to restore financial stability. The exhibition has allowed us to raise some liquidity that has to go somewhere, and that will be a very valuable asset for the future.
Prince of Liechtenstein, last year there were several exhibitions of your collection in the Far East. I visited the private collection of the Queen of England and they behaved with beautiful works of art. Of course there are some things I want to buy that are not currently on the market, but I think we have brought the collection back to the pre-World War II level. The first priority for any collector is the storage and preservation of works of art, so this is an investment, the first in art at all.
Her collection of international modern and contemporary art spans the period from the 19th century to the present. Our acquisition policy focuses on the historical and cultural significance of the collection and its artistic quality. The current collection includes works of art from the 18th and 21st centuries, with a focus on installations and sculptures.
Although paintings have been regularly bought and sold from the Princely Collections for centuries, the reasons for these transactions are many and have to do with individual preferences and changing tastes.
In the case of Prince Charles, I'd say that collecting is more a job than a passion, but I do have a certain talent. He explained that fine art can be a good investment and that over the last 20 years he has actually made good profits on contemporary art that he does not particularly like.
It is unclear when Ginevra de Benci was originally created, but at the time, $5 million was actually the highest price ever paid for a work of art. There are many works of art that have sold much more than that, you just have to look for a good buyer. This work is now part of my collection, because it is not only one of the most valuable works in the world in terms of value, but also in terms of quality.
It was purchased in 1659 by the Austrian Archduke Leopold Wilhelm and comes from the collection of the Holy Roman Emperor. It is part of the Fideikomisgalerie, which was purchased in 1697 by a Liechtenstein house in Bologna.
The family made an unsuccessful attempt to sell several other important paintings, including Leonardo da Vinci and Rubens, which were acquired by the National Gallery of Art in 1963. Walker made several more trips to Liechtenstein in the hope of attracting Leonardo to the gallery, but it was not until early 1966 that the prince finally agreed to part ways with the painting. Finally, the company managed to obtain photographs of the sculptures of the Little Liars and produced a sizeable volume for publication of the collection, which was sold later that year to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
In the 1950s, the drawings were donated to the National Gallery of Art, where they can still be seen today and can be viewed by appointment. The collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein is regularly exhibited and published (see bibliography on the right). The National Art Gallery is under the patronage of Ginevra Kress, a member of his family, and is the subject of a special exhibition "Vaduz LecHTENSTEIN: A Collection of Drawings and Sculptures" (2016), available at the gallery.
The current selection includes drawings, sculptures, paintings and other works of art from the collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein and his family. I have come across a wide range of drawings of all kinds, which can be found in the National Gallery of Art and in other museums and galleries.
The most striking landmark of Vaduze is the castle of the same name, where the royal family resides. The pleasant town has a variety of old and new architecture, ranging from the origins of the 12th century castle to modern buildings such as the National Gallery of Art, the Royal Palace and the Museum of Fine Arts.