Salzburg … the streets are alive with the sight of art work: taking the Salzburg Foundation’s ‘Walk of Modern Art’ across the Austrian city

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.


 

Awilda (2010)

Jaume Plensa

Dietrichsruh, Salzburg University

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg der Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2010, Awilda, Jaume Plensa, Dietrichsruh University of Salzburg, front


 

Sphaera (2007)

Stephan Balkenhol

Kapitelplatz

The lengths some will go to for a better view of the Festung Hohenslazburg ... or to just get out of the rain

The lengths some will go to for a better view of the Festung Hohenslazburg … or to just get out of the rain


 

Gherkins (2011)

Erwin Wurm

Kollegienkirche

So are the gherkins copper green or is the neighbouring nineteenth century statue gherkin grün?

So are the gherkins copper green or is the neighbouring nineteenth century statue gherkin grün?

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2011, Würth Collection, Gherkins Erwin Wurm, Max-Reinhartd platz, side

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2011, Würth Collection, Gherkins Erwin Wurm, Max-Reinhartd platz, with Kollegienkirche


 

Spirit of Mozart (2004)

Marina Abramovic

Staatsbrücke

Putting Salzburg's famous son on a pedestal, literally

Putting Salzburg’s famous son on a pedestal, literally

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project 2004, Würth Collection, Spirit of Mozart, Marina Abramovic, Staatsbrucke, sideways close up main chair

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project 2004, Würth Collection, Spirit of Mozart, Marina Abramovic, Staatsbrucke, sideways with Festung in background


 

Vanitas (2009)

Christian Boltanski

inside the crypt of Salzburg Cathedral

Boltanski's Danse Macabre is made up of two parts ...

Boltanski’s Danse Macabre is made up of two parts

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 …

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2009, Würth Collection, Vanitas, Christian Boltanski, crypt of Salzburg Cathedral, sculpture row

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2009, Würth Collection, Vanitas, Christian Boltanski, crypt of Salzburg cathedral, four figures

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2009, Würth Collection, Vanitas, Christian Boltanski, crypt of Salzburg cathedral, two figures skull

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2009, Würth Collection, Vanitas, Christian Boltanski, crypt of Salzburg cathedral, two figures

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2009, Würth Collection, Vanitas, Christian Boltanski, crypt of Salzburg cathedral, one figure

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).


 

Caldera (2008)

Anthony Cragg

Makartplatz

Caldera: a geological term denoting a volcanic crater

Caldera: a geological term denoting a volcanic crater

Volcanic passions: are there two figures here about to embrace or is this just a trick of the light?

Volcanic passions: are there two figures here about to embrace or is this just a trick of the light?

That is definitely a face with a volcano-sized grin (and nose)

That is definitely a face with a volcano-sized grin (and nose)

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2008, Würth Collection, Caldera, Anthony Cragg, Makartplatz, close up with Dreifaltigkeitskirche copula


 

A.E.I.O.U (2002)

Anselm Kiefer

Furtwanglerpark

Inside this house contains the three parts to Kiefer's installation ...

Inside this house contains the three parts to Kiefer’s installation …

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2002, Würth Collection, A.E.I.O.U Anselm Kiefer, Max-Reinhartd platz, doorway

The painting: "Awake in the Gypsy Camp" ...

The painting: “Awake in the Gypsy Camp” …

... a shelf of sixty books made from lead with branches of Moroccan thornbush sprouting from them ...

… a shelf of sixty books made from lead with branches of Moroccan thornbush sprouting from them …

... and the inscription 'A. E. I. O. U.' Is the artist referring here to Emperor Frederick III's use of this sequence as a secret code to refer to his imperialistic intentions in the fourteenth century: "Austriae Est Imperare Orbi Universo" (All the Earth is subject to Austria)? Or is the artist just a huge fan of eighties electro pop band Freeez?

… and the inscription ‘A. E. I. O. U.’ Is the artist referring here to Emperor Frederick III’s use of this sequence as a secret code to refer to his imperialistic intentions in the fourteenth century: “Austriae Est Imperare Orbi Universo” (All the Earth is subject to Austria)? Or is the artist just a huge fan of eighties electro pop band Freeez?


 

Sky-Space (2006)

James Turrell

outside Museum der Moderne, Mönchsberg

Turrell's walk-in installation is a very welcoming space. The public are invited to sit inside and watch the changing shape and intensity of daylight reflect off the walls as it streams through the oval oculus above

Turrell’s walk-in installation is a very welcoming space. The public are invited to sit inside and watch the changing shape and intensity of daylight reflect off the walls as it streams through the oval oculus above

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project 2006, Würth Collection, Sky-Space, James Turrell, Museum der Moderne, ceiling

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project 2006, Würth Collection, Sky-Space, James Turrell, Museum der Moderne, outside

Sadly, most people walk right past Turrell's installation as their attention is drawn to the huge walk-in cone just outside it

Sadly, most people walk right past Turrell’s installation as their attention is drawn to the huge walk-in cone just outside it

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, Würth Collection, cone piece of art in front of Sky-Space by James Turrell, Museum der Moderne, inside


 

Homage to Mozart (2005)

Markus Lupertz

Ursulinenplatz, in front of the Markuskirche

Well, one can certainly associate the pigtail here with Mozart ...

Well, one can certainly associate the pigtail here with Mozart …

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2013, Würth Collection, Homage to Mozart, Markus Lupertz, Ursulinenplatz in front of the Markuskirche, back pigtail close up

... but I'm not quite sure about the female torso

… but I’m not quite sure about the female torso

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2013, Würth Collection, Homage to Mozart, Markus Lupertz, Ursulinenplatz in front of the Markuskirche, side

... and as for that face, it doesn't look anything like Tom Hulce!

… and as for that face, it doesn’t look anything like Tom Hulce!


 

Numbers in the Woods (2003)

Mario Merz

close to Museum der Moderne, Mönchsberg

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2003, Würth Collection, Numbers in the Woods, Mario Merz, Museum der Moderne, 89

At night Merz's installation can be seen from almost anywhere in the city centre (top right)

At night Merz’s installation can be seen from almost anywhere in the city centre (top right)

Admittedly this is a blurred photo, but the blue lights of Merz's installation can still be made out from this vantage point along Franz Josef Strasse

Admittedly this is a blurred photo, but the blue lights of Merz’s installation can still be made out from this vantage point along Franz Josef Strasse


 

Woman in the Rock (2007)

Stephan Balkenhol

Toscaninihof

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg der Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2007, Wurst Group, Woman in the Rock, Stephan Balkenhol, Toscaninihof, over entrance

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2007, Würth Collection, Woman in the Rock, Stephan Balkenhol, Toscaninihof, close up side

Salzburg Kunstprojekte Salzburg, Salzburg Foundation, Salzburg Art Project, 2007, Würth Collection, Woman in the Rock, Stephan Balkenhol, Toscaninihof, area


 

Beyond Recall (2011)

Brigitte Kowanz

Staatsbrücke

A glass light box with a specific inscription sits on all four pillars of the Staatsbrücke

A glass light box with a specific inscription sits on all four pillars of the Staatsbrücke

"Beyond" "Recall"

“Beyond” “Recall”

"Dedicated"

“Dedicated”

"En" "vision"

“En” “vision”

Drawing from the memorial plaque below

Drawing from the memorial plaque below


 

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.

TLT x

 


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