My five year tenure at the museum’s helm ends with the program 2018 to 2019. The successful re-profiling of the museum through interdisciplinary and cross-genre art, and the formation of an identity through the collection, including its systematic enlargement through numerous major acquisitions and, above all, the buildings and structural measures I have set will continue to have an impact until spring 2019 and will leave its marks for a long time afterwards.
The installation in the Rupertinum atrium created by William Kentridge in 2017 in conjunction with his retrospective will be on view until summer 2018. A large exhibition on Space & Photography running from fall 2017 to spring 2018 bears witness to the museum’s leading role in the discussion of the medium of photography. New Salzburg offers a visionary look into the future, continuing the successfully launched exhibition series on architecture and urbanism. At the same time, at the Rupertinum we are presenting a collection of recent donations of works by Georg Eisler.
From spring to summer 2018, two exhibitions will again be devoted to photography. Austria. Photography 1970–2000 organized in cooperation with the Albertina in Vienna is featuring works from our own collection and the Austrian Federal Photography Collection entrusted to our museum and will be shown in an extended version at our Mönchsberg venue. It will be followed by an exhibition in the Rupertinum of outstanding Japanese photographs from the collection, which will be on view for the first time again for many years.
From early summer to fall 2018, the first major solo exhibition in Austria and in the German-speaking countries in more than ten years of Arte Povera artist Marisa Merz will take place on the large gallery at our Mönchsberg building. In 2018 the exhibition series on artists with an exile background launched in 2017 will look at the impact of their work in the exile country. An exhibition of the Egyptian-Canadian artist of Armenian background, Anna Boghiguian, will be presented at the Rupertinum including an installation in the atrium.
From fall 2018 to spring 2019 we will feature a major exhibition on the influence of the organization Camera Austria and its photo magazine of the same name at the Mönchsberg venue. In parallel our large holdings of prints by Oskar Kokoschka will be presented in the context of his time. An exhibition in the Rupertinum will be devoted to Lisl Ponger, acknowledged with the Otto-Breicha-Prize for Artistic Photography in 2017.
We will further solidify the Museum der Moderne Salzburg’s role as Austria’s foremost competence center for photography with a variety of exhibitions. A central focus in the museum’s program is based on the thematic exhibitions organized in partnership with the Generali Foundation since 2014. With the new art storage unit and the Generali Foundation Study Center at the newly renovated Rupertinum, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg proves its leading role in the research and conservation of modern and contemporary art. The new corporate design and the newly redesigned webpage complete the comprehensive measures that I was able to set for the Museum der Moderne Salzburg to enhance its state-of-the-art performance which became locally as well as internationally a leading institution.