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Austria/ 5.3 Sector specific legislation  

5.3.1 Visual and applied arts

Generally, the Federal Arts Promotion Act stipulates that promotion has to be directed mainly at "contemporary art, its spiritual changes and its variety" in the fields of literature, performing arts, music, visual arts, photography, film, video and experimental art forms (para. 2 (1)). All sub-departments within the Arts and Culture Division of the Federal Chancellery have published detailed summaries of their grant programmes according to the Federal Arts Promotion Act. In addition, there are general guidelines for awarding federal financial resources by the Federal Ministry of Finance and special guidelines with a view to public grants in the arts sphere.

Under the Federal Arts Promotion Act, the government purchases works by contemporary fine artists as a support measure. The administration of this collection – Federal Artothek – which contains more than 36 000 objects was contracted out in 2002; the federal government remains the owner of the collection itself. The holdings of the government's Artothek were moved to the 21er Haus (see chapter 4.2.2) in 2012.

Since 2005 the "resale right" has guaranteed artists and their legal heirs a share of the commercial profit that resellers (auction houses, art dealers) receive from the increased value of a work, in that artists receive between 0.25% and 4% of the proceeds.

Chapter published: 18-06-2018

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