The thousands of tourists who visit Salzburg every year may not be aware that there is far more to the pretty Austrian city than Mozart and The Sound of Music. The Salzburg Foundation has tried to enlighten the world to this fact with its Salzburg Art Project. In collaboration with the Foundation of Art and CultureBonn, the foundation commissioned a different international artist each year for ten years to produce a piece of work that celebrated an aspect of Salzburg’s rich history and culture. By the end of the project in 2011 the foundation had accumulated a large collection of unique and varied pieces, not one referring to the von Trapps or Dame Julie Andrews (possibly to the foundation’s relief).
These pieces are now part of the International Würth Collection but can still be viewed as part of Salzburg’s Walk of Modern Art. The works are positioned in key spots in and around the Old City and are freely accessible to all. Although there doesn’t appear to be a set route for the walk (although the locations of the pieces are marked out on local hotel and tourist office maps), all the pieces can be found quite easily within a couple of hours. The Walk of Modern Art is a delightful way to explore Salzburg and a welcome escape from the hoards of Sound of Music fans skipping about Mirabellgarten.
Dietrichsruh, Salzburg University
Spirit of Mozart (2004)
inside the crypt of Salzburg Cathedral
The first part is visual made up of a looming angel of death and a row of twelve Halloween style creatures permanently illuminated by candle-light …
The second part is audio and can be heard (just about) from this grainy short video I made of Boltanski’s installation (apologies in advance, I do talk all over it).
outside Museum der Moderne, Mönchsberg
Homage to Mozart (2005)
Ursulinenplatz, in front of the Markuskirche
Numbers in the Woods (2003)
close to Museum der Moderne, Mönchsberg
Woman in the Rock (2007)
Beyond Recall (2011)
Unfortunately, on my visit to Salzburg in the Summer of 2015 I could not locate Manfred Wakolbinger’s 2011 piece Connection previously found along Rudolfskai. There were road works taking place there at the time so the piece may well have been moved temporarily. However, I cannot find any information about it and do not know whether it will return to this spot at a later date.
More information on Salzburg’s Walk of Modern Art, the pieces, their interpretations and the artists behind them can be found on the official Salzburg Foundation website here.
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