Loose Leaves in Books

The secret archive in Kristian Sotriffer’s Library

Archiv Kristian Sotriffer, Detailansichten © Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Foto: Stefanie Grünangerl

Opening: July 25, 2018, 7 p.m.
Exhibition on view: July 26, 2018—November 11, 2018
Place of exhibition: Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Rupertinum, Generali Foundation Study Center


In 2004, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg acquired the personal library of the art critic Kristian Sotriffer (1932 Bozen, IT,– 2002 Vienna, AT). To our surprise, it turned out to be far more extensive and illuminating than the contents of the books themselves suggested: hidden inside it was an archive Sotriffer compiled and stored in the books. Sotriffer also served on the Generali Foundation's inaugural artistic advisory board and helped draw up the first concept for a collection of Austrian postwar sculpture to be assembled. Held on occasion of the Generali Foundation's thirtieth anniversary, the presentation shines a spotlight on selected key aspects of his previously unpublished archive. It also gives insights into the life of an art critic in postwar Europe.


Curators: Sabine Breitwieser, Director, and Stefanie Grünangerl, Bibliothekarin, Museum der Moderne Salzburg


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