Art Collector Rudolf Leopold Dies Suddenly

Jun 30, 2010, 08:36 ET from Leopold Museum Private Foundation

VIENNA, Austria, June 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The death of Prof. Rudolf Leopold has caused profound dismay for his family, in particular his wife Elisabeth. Ministry of Cultural Affairs Section Head Helmut Moser, chairman of the board of the Leopold Museum Private Foundation, and the entire board are deeply affected by the art collector's sudden passing.

Rudolf Leopold, born March 1, 1925 in Vienna, died on 29th of June at the age of 85 following a brief illness. Leopold was a unique proponent of the recognition of Austrian expressionist art, in particular that of the genius Egon Schiele (1890-1918). Over a few short decades, ophthalmologist Leopold and his wife Elisabeth assembled a collection of more than 5000 works of art, which were brought together in the Leopold Museum Private Foundation in 1994.

Austria's federal government and the Austrian National Bank facilitated the Leopold Foundation's establishment. It provided a third of the value, approximately 160 million Euros, in 1994.

"What doesn't excite me doesn't interest me," Rudolf Leopold once said. Excitement, madness, genius and passion; these words best describe the figure of Rudolf Leopold.

Leopold Museum Managing Director Peter Weinhaupl, who has difficulty speaking about this loss, remarked, "We will miss Rudolf Leopold, but the Leopold Museum is a unique memorial to his actions, a gift to all the art lovers of the world." The chairman of the foundation board, Helmut Moser, declared: "The future of the foundation and museum is clearly defined by the deed of foundation; we will continue the work of Rudolf Leopold. At the moment, however, our thoughts are with Rudolf Leopold and his family."

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