Tobias G. Natter

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Tobias G. Natter

Tobias G. Natter (born 26 May 1961 in Dornbirn, Vorarlberg) is an Austrian art historian and internationally renowned art expert with a particular expertise in "Vienna 1900". [1]



Natter studied art history and history at the universities of Innsbruck, Munich, and Vienna and graduated with a PhD in 1988. [2] His museum career started at the Wien Museum, after which he spent 15 years with the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna, serving ultimately as the museums´s head curator. [3] Natter was also a consultant and frequent guest curator for the Jewish Museum Vienna, which was re-established in 1990. In 2001, he was invited by the Neue Galerie New York, founded by Ronald S. Lauder and Serge Sabarsky, to organize the museum's first loan exhibition devoted to Oskar Kokoschka. In 2006 Natter joined the Vorarlberg Museum as director launching the museum's architectural extension and repositioning. In 2011 he was assigned artistic director of the Leopold Museum in Vienna where he continued to develop the museum's profile and broadened the exhibition policy with uncommon shows such as nude men (2012/13). On October 28, 2013, he declared his dismissal from this function due to turbulence with his CFO Peter Weinhäupl and Weinhäupl's involvement with the Gustav Klimt Wien 1900 Privatstiftung featuring the Klimt collection of Gustav Ucicky, a prominent figure of Nazi filmmaking. [4]

In 2014 he founded Natter Fine Arts, a company specializing in the development of exhibitions and the evaluation of art works. Most recently he curated amongst others exhibitions for the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt (2016/17), the Neue Galerie New York (2017), the Österreichische Galerie Belvedere Vienna (2017), the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (2017/18) and the Kunsthaus Zurich (2021).

Natter was entrusted with the estate appraisal of major Austrian artists such as Maria Lassnig (1919-2014), Ernst Fuchs (1930-2015), and Anton Lehmden (1929-2018). As part of his extensive writings, he published the current catalogue raisonné of the paintings by Gustav Klimt (2012) and Egon Schiele (2017) both of which are available in several languages.

In 2011 Natter was enrolled as a certified court expert for Austrian art from 1800 until today and is often consulted in provenance issues. [5]


2018: awarded the title Professor by the Austrian Federal President. [6]


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