Exhibitions Autumn and Winter 2017-2018

The Museum der Moderne Salzburg looks back on an extraordinary summer season. As we still bask in its glow, our programming for the late fall and winter of 2017–2018 wades into a controversy familiar to the people of Salzburg: the conflict between tradition and renewal. Titled Folklore, the next installation in our series of exhibitions of art from the collections is set to open at our venue on the Mönchsberg in October. Yet ours is a museum of modern and contemporary art, and so we certainly do not genuflect to local patriotism and traditionalism, instead uncovering the ways in which artists have examined demotic traditions and responded to their complexity.

Continuing a discussion we initiated with the exhibition Salzburg Unbuilt, we also launched a cooperation with the architecture academy in Mendrisio, Switzerland, in order to develop visions for a New Salzburg. Around 130 students advised by prominent architects have generated ideas for fifteen sites in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed city, sketching possible futures for Salzburg beyond its transmutation into a museum of itself. Our series of new exhibitions continues in November with a presentation of our holdings of works by Georg Eisler—now a sizable ensemble, thanks to a recent generous donation by the Georg und Alice Eisler-Stiftungsfonds—at the museum’s historic home, the Rupertinum. Eisler was among those postwar painters who defied the predominance of abstraction and hewed to realism in art. Meanwhile, at the Generali Foundation Study Center, a presentation focused on Art & Politics brings home the importance of collecting “engaged” art in media thought of as “ephemeral.”

William Kentridge’s popular site-specific installation is still on view in the Rupertinum’s atrium; so is the long-term presentation of Lawrence Weiner’s work on the façade of the Mönchsberg venue, where Space & Photography will open in late November. Anchored by a historical review including a camera obscura, the exhibition will feature a selection of works, including expansive installations, by contemporary photography and media artists that address the titular theme from different angles. Finally, the upcoming season will take us to New York, where the MoMA PS1 will host Kinetic Painting, our widely acclaimed exhibition of works by Carolee Schneemann.

I look forward to seeing you at the museum!

Dr. Sabine Breitwieser
Director Museum der Moderne Salzburg



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