The Museum der Moderne Salzburg's richly diverse collections encompass ca. 55,000 works of art from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries as well as contemporary art. Extending across two gallery floors, this grand exhibition undertakes a fresh survey of the collections. Exploring their more obscure divisions, the museum's resident curators also unearth treasures that have not seen the spotlight of a public presentation in decades, if ever. The objective cannot be to show everything; rather, we invite our visitors to join us on a voyage of discovery into unfamiliar terrain, guided, in no small part, by a polyphonic and ambitiously staged panorama of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg's collections that looks back on their history—and notes lacunae—while also envisioning their future, which remains to be defined.
The exhibition addresses questions concerning a museum's collection-building and exhibition practices and provides insight into its day-to-day operation. An art exhibition is always also a document of its time, a symbolic articulation of social realities with their contradictions, contentious issues, and interests. There is no such thing as a neutral hanging. The history of the arrangement of pictures in the exhibition gallery reflects shifting ideas about art and visual representations as well as the political and exonomic motivations of collectors, gallery oweners, and curators. In light of this history, museums do wel to periodically reconsider the premises of their four central responsibilities: the collection, preservation, and scholarly study of art as well as art education.
How does our perspective on a collection that has grown over decades change with the passage of time, and how does that affect the forms of its presentation? What does it mean for the museum's curators to work with its holdings? Which value do we attach to the various divisions of the collection, and what is the significance of the encounter between beholder and work of art in the gallery? Has the way we engage with art changed, and what does that imply for the future of the museum? How does the Museum der Moderne Salzburg position itself in an increasingly complex world?
With works by Robert Adrian X | Herbert Albrecht | Franz Josef Altenburg | Siegfried Anzinger | Sepp Auer | Annemarie Avramidis | Joannis Avramidis | Heimrad Bäcker | Stephan Balkenhol | Eduard Bäumer | Gottfried Bechtold | Gabriele Berger | Margret Bilger | Hans Bischoffshausen | Herbert Boeckl | Erwin Bohatsch | Ecke Bonk | Oskar Bottoli | Arik Brauer | Uwe Bremer | Theresa Hak Kyung Cha | Giorgio de Chirico | Anton Christian | Josef Dabernig | Gunter Damisch | Michael Danner | Deutschbauer / Spring | Josef Dobrowsky | Lili Dujourie | Otto Eder | Jean Egger | Georg Eisler | Max Ernst | VALIE EXPORT | Anton Faistauer | Tone Fink | Lothar Fischer | Herbert Flois | Andrea Fraser | Jakob Gasteiger | Gelitin | Bruno Gironcoli | Roland Goeschl | Rodney Graham | Erich Gruber | Albert Paris Gütersloh | Alfred Haberpointner | Anton Hanak | Felix Albrecht Harta | Itsuko Hasegawa | Bertram Hasenauer | Wolfgang Herzig | Adolf Hölzel | Alfred Hrdlicka | Friedensreich Hundertwasser | Johannes Itten | Luis Jacob | Ann Veronica Janssens | Martha Jungwirth | Kafri | Leo Kandl | Herwig Kempinger | Anselm Kiefer | Michael Kienzer | Krištof Kintera | Gustav Klimt | Max Klinger | Alfred Klinkan | Kurt Kocherscheidt | Oskar Kokoschka | Arthur Kostner | Annja Krautgasser | Elke Silvia Krystufek | Alfred Kubin | Shigeko Kubota | Hans Kupelwieser | Erwin Lang | Maria Lassnig | Giacomo Manzù | Henri Matisse | Elfriede Mejchar | Meta Mettig-Ellenberger | Reinhart Mlineritsch | Alois Mosbacher | Gerhardt Moswitzer | Hans Müller | Muntean / Rosenblum | Oswald Oberhuber | Franz Xaver Ölzant | Nam June Paik | Florentina Pakosta | Traudel Pichler | Josef Pillhofer | Peter Pongratz | Christine Prantauer | Martin Praska | Arnulf Rainer | Erwin Reiter | Werner Reiterer | Annerose Riedl | Franz Ringel | Gerwald Rockenschaub | Franz Rosei | Karl Rössing | Egon Schiele | Day Schnabel | Herwig Schubert | Elfie Semotan | Gil Shachar | Petar Smajić | Rudi Stanzel | Karl Stark | Hans Staudacher | Thomas Stimm | Otmar Thormann | TOMAK | Josef Trattner | Andreas Urteil | Martin Walde | Lawrence Weiner | Werkstatt Rixdorfer Drucke | Franz West | Markus Wilfling | Fritz Wotruba | Erwin Wurm | Werner Würtinger | Robert Zeppel-Sperl | Leo Zogmayer
Curators: Stefanie Grünangerl, Barbara Herzog, Stefanie Jones, Christiane Kuhlmann, Andrea Lehner-Hagwood, Doris Leutgeb, Lena Nievers, Christina Penetsdorfer, Thorsten Sadowsky, Marijana Schneider, Jürgen Tabor, Tina Teufel