New Salzburg

Between Memory and Contemporaneity

Does Salzburg have a future in which it does not turn into a museum of its own past? Can the city address the challenges facing society today, adapt to changing circumstances, and renew itself? In cooperation with the Accademia di archittura di Mendrisio at the Università della Svizzera italiana (USI), the Museum der Moderne Salzburg has launched a project to address these questions. This exhibition presents the results, a selection of them illustrated by models and architecture drawings.

As part of their thesis work, 122 architecture students working under the direction of their advisers designed development projects for selected sites throughout Salzburg. The projects were developed under the guidance of fifteen internationally renowned architects: Manuel and Franciso Aires Mateus, Walter Angonese, Michele Arnaboldi, Valentin Bearth, Frédéric Bonnet, Mario Botta, Jan De Vylder (De Vylder Vinck Taillieu Architects), Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara (Grafton Architects), Quintus Miller, João Nunes—João Gomes da Silva, Valerio Olgiati, and Jonathan Sergison.

Fifteen sites were selected in cooperation with the city of Salzburg; combination of several sites reduced the final number to fourteen: the Augustinerkloster parking lot, Mirabellplatz, the AVA-Hof building, the northern Kapuzinerberg, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Mönchsberg, Auerspergstraße, Möbi (Fürbergstraße), the railway station, Harmath & Weilinger, Nonntal—Dr.-Franz-Rehrl-Platz, the trade fair site, the former border checkpoint at Freilassing and the Residenzplatz.

Salzburg is renowned internationally as a city in the heart of Europe embedded in delightful scenery with a charming listed old town. The new project picks up where the exhibition Salzburg Unbuilt (2015) left off. An extensive program of events organized in collaboration with the municipal authorities and Initiative Architektur will invite the public to become actively involved in the debates around the future of urban development in Salzburg.

Project website

A project of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg and the Accademia di architettura—Università della Svizzera italiana with support from the City of Salzburg

Project Leader, Curator: Sabine Breitwieser, Director, Museum der Moderne Salzburg
Guest Curators: Marco Della Torre, Thomas Tschöll, Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio
Assistant Curator: Christina Penetsdorfer, Museum der Moderne Salzburg

Tuesday - Sunday: 
10.00 am - 6.00 pm
10.00 am - 8.00 pm
Monday: closed