Modern art publisher

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The VfmK publisher of Modern Art is an in Vienna -based art publisher .

It was founded in Zirndorf in 1974 by two members of the board of directors of the Institute for Modern Art Nuremberg , the entrepreneur Eugen Leipold and the banker Karl Gerhard Schmidt . Since the death of Eugen Leipold in 1992, Karl Gerhard Schmidt continued to run the publishing house on his own.

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From 1974 to 1993 Heinz Neidel and from 1994 to 2003 Manfred Rothenberger were responsible for the conception and realization of the publications. Since 2003, the publishing house has been managed independently, initially by Annette Scherer until the end of 2008, after which Martina Buder took over this task.

The publishing house has had its headquarters in Vienna since 2014, and the publishing director is Silvia Jaklitsch.


To date, around 800 catalogs of works , monographs , artist books , exhibition catalogs as well as thematic and theory volumes on contemporary art have been published by Verlag für moderne Kunst . In cooperation with the Institute for Modern Art , books are created that document and comment on the international art discourse as well as the work of individual artists. Original editions and special editions in limited editions form a separate program segment.

The program mainly includes bilingual publications by artists such as Joseph Beuys , Louise Bourgeois , Chen Zhen , Emily Jacir , Robert Gober , Katharina Grosse , General Idea , Jochen Gerz , Tadeusz Kantor , Barbara Klemm , Lee Lozano , Marcello Morandini , Bruce Nauman , Peter Noever , Raymond Pettibon and Thomas Ruff .

The publisher oversees the publications of the New Museum in Nuremberg and, since issue 7/2004, also the magazine sediment of the central archive of the international art trade .

The program is distributed worldwide through international partners. The publisher is present at the book fairs in Frankfurt and Leipzig .


  • Ruby. Institute for Modern Art Nuremberg 1967–2007. Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Nuremberg 2007, p. 98 (on the occasion of the exhibition in the New Museum Nuremberg from October 17 to November 18, 2007).
  • Michael Roesler-Graichen: Conquering unknown territory. It is the first address for publications on contemporary art and at the same time distinguishes itself as a border crosser between visual art, theater, comics and music: the publishing house for modern art in Nuremberg. In: Börsenblatt Spezial Fachmedien, 2009, pp. 18–19.


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