The SALOON Munich was founded by Eva Lengler (auction house representative) and Christiane Gorzalka (gallery director) in June 2021. Both had been noticing the lack of a strong network between art professionals in the Bavarian capital, especially between female art professionals. So when they came across the SALOON network, which Tina Sauerländer and team had been fostering since 2012, it was quite instantly clear that this wonderful concept will also have to be implemented in Munich. Consequently, in summer of 2021 Eva and Christiane – now forming the network’s board – begun to assemble a group of inspiring, dedicated women of Munich’s art scene to initiate the exciting professional network of the SALOON Munich. We arrange monthly meetings that are linked to an event, such as exhibition visits, usually hosted by one of our members.
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Christiane Gorzalka (she/her) is a specialist for Modern Art and gallery director of a contemporary art gallery.
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 in London as well as for a leading art dealer, before staring in the Impressionist &
Modern Art department at Bonhams auctioneers. After many years abroad, Christiane returned to her home country and started a career as modern art specialist, with a focus on German expressionism,
at the leading German auction house, Ketterer Kunst. In June 2021 Christiane took on the role of gallery director at the contemporary art gallery HELDENREIZER Contemporary in Munich. Her role
focuses on business getting, artist and customer liaison, curation and management of exhibitions, execution of sales and overseeing art fair attendances. Further, she is responsible for
strengthening the gallery’s online presence.
Christiane has always seen and made use of the great benefits of networking. She is very excited to now empower female art professionals through the SALOON network. Besides art, Christiane is passionate about social media, in particularly Instagram. In the past she has professionally and successfully managed four company accounts operating in the art world.
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.
Helena Ernst (she/her) is a conservator for modern and contemporary materials. 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 as an object conservator at Die Neue Sammlung - The Design Museum in Munich from the outset of 2016. As of the end of 2017 Helena begun dividing her working hours between the museum and her role as an independent art conservator for private clients and collections. When she was additionally asked to also work part-time as a project conservator in the international research project "German Democratic Plastics in Design“, Helena reduced her free-lance work in 2020. At the same time she begun her PhD studies, focusing on the object memory and how signs of manufacturing, usage and ageing are related to the respective material properties. To be able to focus more on her research, she recently took a research sabbatical year and paused her job at Die Neue Sammlung since May 2023.
Helena joined the SALOON Munich Board in June 2023.
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.
Constanza Camilla Kramer Garfias (Artist, textile, constanzacamila.com)
Annabel Weichel-Prechtl (Director’s Assistant, Digital Communication, Sammlung Goetz, sammlung-goetz.de; Board Member, )
Lisa Granada (Artist, )