On July 30, 2016, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, in partnership with the Generali Foundation, will inaugurate a new facility at its Rupertinum venue: an international center for the study of modern and contemporary art. With temporary exhibitions presented in its study gallery, the Generali Foundation Study Center will unite visual immediacy and scholarly research for an immersive learning experience. The presentation on the building’s second and third floors will combine the extensive archives and library as well as selections from the Generali Foundation Collection, which is on permanent loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, with the museum’s own holdings and will be accessible to the public free of charge. Building on the success of the pioneering work done by its partner, the Generali Foundation, in Vienna, the Museum der Moderne thus strengthens its efforts to promote the sustained public engagement with art. Centrally located in Salzburg’s old town and in the vicinity of the university, the Generali Foundation Study Center will be a vital contribution to the city’s stature as a center of higher learning.
Working with Kuehn Malvezzi architects (Berlin/Milan), we have devised a custom-tailored floor plan accommodating the Study Center’s various functions that unites exhibitions, conservation work, scholarship, and art education as well as diverse forms of engagement with art in a novel symbiosis. Temporary exhibitions and rotating presentations of materials from the Study Center’s rich and variegated holdings will be on view in the central gallery. The spacious reading room with views to venues of the Salzburg Festival, will offer six workstations and equipment allowing users to review the Generali Foundation’s extensive video collection. On the third floor, the Franz West Lounge— the renowned artist Franz West designed the furniture for the Generali Foundation in collaboration with Marcus Geiger, Peter Kogler, and Heimo Zobernig—will be available for seminars and workshops.
The Study Center will appeal to public audiences with a wide range of possible approaches to modern and contemporary art. Visitors attracted by the temporary exhibitions—admission will be free—will be invited to explore the archive and library. For example, they will be offered to sample the treasures in the collection of artists’ books. Trained staff will facilitate these “close encounters” with art to encourage a much more in-depth and individualized engagement with the works than is possible in a typical exhibition setting.
The Generali Foundation Study Center at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg will provide interested visitors with access to altogether more than 42 000 titles on subjects ranging from classical modernism to contemporary art as well as exhibition catalogues, specialized literature on art history, theory, and philosophy, and a large selection of international art journals. The Study Center will also feature exclusive access to the Generali Foundation’s collection of about five-hundred art videos, as well as archives related to the oeuvres of the artists represented in the collections and exhibitions at the Generali Foundation and the Museum der Moderne Salzburg. Visitors will be able to examine numerous rare artists’ books and other valuable original publications. The objects in the collections date from between the nineteenth century and the present.
Highlights of the collections include:
The Rupertinum has long accommodated institutions dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge, beginning with the “Collegiums Rupertinum,” an early-seventeenth-century seminary. The creation of the Generali Foundation Study Center at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg now revives this educational spirit in a contemporary guise.
Generali Foundation Catalogue
An online catalogue to access the whole collection will be available in the near future
Generali Foundation Study Center
Tue—Thu 10 a.m—3 p.m. and by appointment