Discover Germany, Issue 52, July 2017

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Discover Germany  |  Culture  |  Museum of the Month, Austria

Left: Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Mönchsberg. Photo: © Marc Haader


Centre: Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Rupertinum. Photo: © Marc Haader

The Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Right: Sabine Breitwieser, director of Museum der Moderne Salzburg.  Photo: © Maria Ziegelböck

Outstanding exhibitions and memorable sites Salzburg, famous for wunderkind Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Salzburg Festival, has so much more to offer. Museums come to mind – in particular the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. TEXT: SILKE HENKELE  |  PHOTOS: MUSEUM DER MODERNE SALZBURG

The museum, housed in a newly built structure right on top of Salzburg’s Mönchsberg and in the Rupertinum in the centre of Salzburg’s quaint old town, is widely celebrated for its striking premises. In recent years, it has held impressive solo exhibitions by female artists in particular and groundbreaking exhibitions of modern and contemporary art in general. Some of the most distinguished works on view are part of the General Foundation Collection, which agreed to permanently loan its top-class collection of contemporary art to the museum. This marks an important collaboration initiated by Sabine Breitwieser who, when she became director of the museum, strongly felt that with an on-going, everdeveloping artistic scene, the museum’s focus on classic media like prints, photo40  |  Issue 52  |  July 2017

graphy, paintings as well as sculptures, needed to be widened to also include architecture, dance and performance art and, in particular, cross-border art forms. This programme was enthusiastically welcomed by the public and put the Museum der Moderne Salzburg on the international map of highly acclaimed museums. The museum’s concept embraces a multitude of national and international artists and likewise maintains collaborations with Austrian as well as overseas institutions; a characteristic that makes the Museum der Moderne Salzburg one of the most singular in Austria. One of the museum’s upcoming exhibitions is a novel cooperation with the Salzburger Festspiele(Salzburg Festival). In summer, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg is going to host an exhibition of works by

Bottom: William Kentridge More Sweetly Play the Dance, 2015, exhibit at the EYE Filmmuseum, Amsterdam, 2015.  Photo: © Studio Hans Wilschut Courtesy William Kentridge, Marian Goodman Gallery, Goodman Gallery and Lia Rumma Gallery

South African artist William Kentridge, which comprises of immersive multimedia installations on view on the premises on the Mönchsberg as well as an overview of his work for the theatre and opera stage in the Rupertinum. The latter is especially exciting because it shows the artist’s developing work of his production of Alban Berg’s Wozzeck, an opera that is going to be performed at this year’s Salzburger Festspiele – an event that is certain to underline the museum’s status as a major venue and an innovative hotspot for contemporary art.