The SALOON Munich was established by Eva Lengler and Christiane Gorzalka in June 2021. From the outset, the network’s mission was the creation of a strong network and community of women-identifying art professionals in the Bavarian capital. The empowerment and visibility of women in the art world, gender diversity and the encouragement to act as female role models lie at the core of our vision. We encourage our members to actively connect, to exchange ideas, opportunities and to mutually promote each other.


Since its foundation, SALOON Munich has grown to an important component of the Munich art scene with a constantly growing number of members – spanning from art historians, art dealers and auction house professionals to conservators, artists and many more. This diverse melange of professionals allows a fruitful exchange between its members. At the two-year anniversary celebration in June 2023, Cordula Gielen and Helena Ernst were appointed as new board members, supporting the growing demands of the network.


We arrange monthly meetings that are linked to an event, such as exhibition or studio visits, usually hosted by one of our members. Additionally, we facilitate workshops and panel discussions addressing contemporary topics.

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Board Member Christiane Gorzalka
Board Member Christiane Gorzalka

Christiane Gorzalka (she/her) is a specialist for Modern Art and Contemporary Art, working as a Client Development Strategist and Client Advisor for the German speaking areas of Europe at the international London-based auction house PHILLIPS.


After finishing her undergraduate studies at Maastricht University and her master’s degree at King’s College London, Christiane delved right into the art and creative world of the British capital. She first worked for various smaller institutions as well as for a leading art dealer, before staring in the Impressionist & Modern Art department at Bonhams auctioneers’s headquarter in London. 

After many years abroad, Christiane returned to her home country and started a career as modern art specialist at the leading German auction house, Ketterer Kunst. From 2021 to 2023 she took up a role in the primary market as gallery director for a Munich-based contemporary art gallery. In September 2023, Christiane returned to the auction market and started a strategic and business getting role at the internationally operating auction house PHILLIPS.


Board Member Eva Lengler
Board Member Eva Lengler

Eva Lengler (she/her)  is an art historian and representative for Bonhams Auctioneers in Germany.


After studying art history with the focus on Dutch Old Masters in Cologne she moved to Munich where she first gained experience in the auction world at Karl & Faber and the representative office of Bonhams. Then she started at Ketterer Kunst, the leading auction house in Germany where she worked as a specialist in 19th Century art and cataloguer in Modern and Contemporary Art. Eva returned to the English auction house Bonhams in 2020. Her job entails providing advice and valuations to her clients throughout the northern half of Germany. In her role as representative, she covers multiple categories like fine and decorative arts, jewellery, motorcars and wine. She has consigned and successfully sold major collections such as the one of Beatles photographer Astrid Kirchherr.


Together with Christiane she is board and founding member of Saloon Munich where she finds her inspiration and enjoys bringing together gorgeous, talented women from the city's art scene.


Board Member Helena Ernst
Board Member Helena Ernst

Helena Ernst (she/her) is a conservator for modern and contemporary materials. 2024 she started her own business under the name  /conservation as an independent art conservator and researcher for private clients and collections.


She studied Restoration, Art Technology and Conservation Sciences at the Technical University Munich from 2009-2015. During her studies she worked in several conservation studios, including a seven-months internship at Modern Art Conservation (MAC) in New York. Her Master's Thesis dealt with the conservation possibilities of the installation "The Keep" by Mike Kelley in the Museum Brandhorst in Munich. After a short contract at the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Helena begun working part-time as an object conservator at Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum from 2016-2023. 2020-2023 she worked additionally as a project conservator in the international research project "German Democratic Plastics in Design“.


Helena joined the SALOON Munich Board, alongside Cordula Gielen, in June 2023.

Board Member Cordula Gielen  ©Ewa Wiese/
Board Member Cordula Gielen ©Ewa Wiese/

Cordula Gielen (she/her) is a project manager and programme director for architecture at HIRMER Publishers since 2019, one of the most prestigious publishing houses for art books with its headquarters in Munich. 


She studied landscape architecture in Munich and Sweden, as well as public relations and has worked freelance as a creative and strategic consultant in the fields of arts and culture for local as well as international artists. This has been accompanied by Cordula’s commitment in the fields of fundraising, event management and strategic development in particular for the Munich-based HIDALGO Festival for Young Classical Music, as well as her several freelance activities as editor, curator and author. She joined SALOON Munich in 2021 and curated their first exhibition in Munich in 2023 on the topic of women’s roles and challenges in our today’s societies under the title "Let nothing disturb you" together with board member Eva Lengler.


SALOON Munich appointed Cordula Gielen, alongside Helena Ernst, as a new board member in June 2023. 

 Sara Alavi Kia (Project and Account Manager, Valuations Europe, Sotheby’s)

Adrienne Bauer (Lawyer for Art Law, Advant Beiten)

Mandana Bender (Gallery Manager, Arnoldi-Livie)

Jessica Capra (Head of Concept & Projects, The Artist And The Others, Curator of Training the Senses at Marres,; 

Heike Dempster (Writer, Curator and Artist Management)

Sandra Dreher (Specialist for Modern Art, Ketterer Kunst,

Desislava Eick (Art Advisor and Founder Young Collectors,

Helena Ernst (Conservator of Modern Materials and Doctoral Researcher. Die Neue Sammlung / Pinakothek der Moderne, 

Aileen Faustmann (Art Lawyer and founder of media2law (solicitor's office),

Tabea Flamm (Business Liaison Modern & Contemporary Art, Sotheby’über/adressen/munich

Claudia Fransen (Cultural Manager, Museums of Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen Munich)

Silvia Gardini (Artist, Business Lawyer, Activist, Speaker, 

Isabel Gebhardt (Conservator, Museum Brandhorst,

Polina Gedova (Curator at Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich,; Artist,

Cordula Gielen (Editor & Project Manager, Hirmer Publisher,

Lisa Granada (Artist, 

Katharina Haider (Fine Art Conservator and Restorer at Bacon Studios, Berlin and Munich,

Karen Irmer (Artist (video, photography, site specific,

Mariella Kerscher (Artist, drawing and painting,

Anastasia Kozlova (Freelance Art Historian)

Constanza Camilla Kramer Garfias (Artist, textile,

Darlyn Carreira Krause (Art historian, Assistant Galerie Schöttle, 

Rieke Kreitz-Essen (Gallery Manager, Daniel Blau Gallery,

Dr Kristina Krüger (Specialist for Graphics and Art, Zisska & Lacher Auctioneers,

Dr Zuzana Künzl (Gallery Assistance, Wolfgang Jahn Gallery,

Julia Lachenmann (Art Historian, Author, Cultural Mediator, Founder BELLEPARAIS Gallery,

Camilla Langnickel (Art Historian, PhD Candidate)

Gretta Louw (Artist,

Janine Mackenroth (Artist, sustainable painting & sculpture,

Sophia Mainka (Artist, sculpture, installation, video,

Dr Anahita Mittertrainer (Department of Southwest Asia and North Africa, Museum Fünf Kontinente,

Sarah Mohr (Specialist for 19th Century Art, Ketterer Kunst,

Monika-Luiza Ostrowska (Specialist for Books and Modern Art, Zisska & Lacher Auctioneers,

 Dr. Susanna C. Ott (Independent researcher, Board member Kunstclub13 e.V.) 

Ingrid Pérez De Laborda (Art historian, Specialist for Provenance, Research Associate stern-photoarchive, 

Nina Radelfahr (Artist, drawing and installation,

Lilian Robl (Artist, Art Historian,

Dr Nanke Schellmann (Fine Art Editions Specialist, Schellmann Art,, and Conservation Consultant,     

Dr Carola Schenk (Art historian, Specialist for Max Slevogt, Fine Art Underwriter, ARTIMA· Mannheimer Versicherung AG,

Fiona Seidler (Koller Auctions, Head of Munich Offices & Southern Germany,

Alexandra Seitz (Trainee at PLATFORM,

Christina Spachtholz (Art historian & founding member of research group "Paul Hoecker) 

Laura Sophia Streller (Art and design historian, academic trainee at Museum für Konkrete Kunst, mkk-ingolstadt.deLecturer,

Hannah Taege (Underwriter Art & Private Clients, Hiscox,

Tamiko Thiel (Artist, digital art,

Caroline Weber (Office Assistant, Artcurial Germany & Austria,

Annabel Weichel-Prechtl (Directors Assistant, Digital Communication, Sammlung Goetz,; Board Member,  

Constanze Zawadzky (Lead Art & Culture at Ipai (Innovation Park Artificial Intelligence,