Werner Feiersinger, Models of Salzburg festival theatres that were never realized, 2020
Curtain up! The Salzburg Festival and the Salzburg Museum welcome you to the State Exhibition Great World Theatre – The Salzburg Festival Centenary.
Together we tell you about the history of the most important festival in the world for classical music and the performing arts.
Our exhibition presents the Salzburg Festival from multiple perspectives. Find out about its origins and development. Its essence and its significance. Highlights, crises and changes. Its artists. People who have shaped it and made it possible. Theatres, venues and traditions. Experience all this in the exhibition – but also the magic of the theatre and art projects. Have a look backstage and embark on your own personal trip of discovery through a specially set up Festival archive.
An exceptional feature of our exhibition is its development in dialogue with artists, institutions and partners, experts [...]
Artistic Interventions vis-à-vis Festival Theatres Never Built
Numerous plans for a festival theatre were mooted over the last 130 years and went unrealized. For the centenary of the Salzburg Festival, it is possible to see and experience four of these unbuilt architectural projects: on the Mönchsberg, in the park of Schloss Hellbrunn, on the Kapuzinerberg and in the Mirabell Gardens. The projects document how the festival theatres would have made their mark on the city or its surrounding countryside.
The point of departure for the intervention is the plaster model of a festival theatre created by Otto Reitter and held today by the Salzburg Museum, which shows the penultimate state of the project in 1942. That year, Adolf Hitler had decided upon viewing the projected “Gauanlage” complex on Salzburg’s Kapuzinerberg that a new placement for the Festspielhaus would have to be chosen. Thus, it was to find its place [...]
Werner Feiersinger, Untitled (Le Corbusier, Unité d'Habitation, Firminy), 2004
Is modernism an epoch? How did artists see this in the 1920s? Reading Time in Space answers these questions by referring to four exhibitions and book projects that constituted the first global presentations of modernism and raised key questions in their own time. These projects rested on new concepts of space and time. They include El Lissitzky’s und Hans Arp’s fictitious exhibition project of 1924 and Friedrich Kiesler’s legendary theater exhibition of the same year. In an installation by Nicole Six/Paul Petritsch, this mumok exhibition explores temporal and spatial coordinates whose parameters are constituted by elements of modernism. Referring to a time of upheaval in the arts, sciences, and society, the concept of modernism is an ongoing point of reference in the art history of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, as works by Werner Feiersinger, Andreas Fogarasi, and Ulrike Grossarth show.
We are showing works by Giacomo Balla, Willi [...]