Breaking Down Walls!
The Collections

  • Auswahl_2_Dinge bewegen Ulrike Grossarth, BAU I, 1989–2000, Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, © Generali Foundation Collection—Permanent Loan to the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, photo: Rainer Iglar
    From 02/02 to 10/09/2024
    Curators: Barbara Herzog and Tina Teufel, Museum der Moderne Salzburg; Harald Krejci, Director, Museum der Moderne Salzburg and Artistic Director, Generali Foundation.
    Supported by Doris Leutgeb and Jürgen Tabor, Generali Foundation

    Venue: Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Mönchsberg

    The year 2024 brings major anniversaries for the Museum der Moderne Salzburg and the Generali Foundation. Twenty years ago, the extraordinary site of the Museum on the Mönchsberg was opened and became a new landmark for the State and City of Salzburg. Ten years ago, one of Austria’s most significant private art collections with an international focus, the Generali Foundation Collection, came to Salzburg on permanent loan and has since then remained a productive stakeholder at the Museum.

    To mark these anniversaries, the Museum der Moderne Salzburg in cooperation with the Generali Foundation is presenting a series of exhibitions that will bring together the outstanding art collections that are preserved at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg and are the subject of research: the Generali Foundation Collection, the Museum’s own holdings, the Federal Photography Collection, and the Salzburg State Collection. The spectrum ranges from works of Classical Modernism to new media, from work with historical references to work that thematizes the pressing issues of our day. What connects these collections? What social and cultural perspectives does this artistic spectrum open up? These are questions that will be addressed by the exhibition series, which will be founded on two basic motifs: The social space and play.

    The first installment of the exhibition considers a development (the spatial turn) where space, or rather the concept of space, has special status as a tool for analysis. The focus here is not only on static geometric space, but on space as a phenomenon designed, experienced, and coded by humans. This shift of meaning to a socially and culturally shaped construct has its roots not only in the increasing mobility of our society, but in forced migration, territorial conflicts, and changes in the climate. The exhibition shines a light on the interdependence of space, body, and media. It explores interfaces, interspaces, and transitional spaces and expands the museum space with spaces for action, experience, and memory.

    With works by
    Annemarie Avramidis, Josef Bauer, Günter Brus, Georgia Creimer, Yan Duyvendak, Georg Eisler, Werner Feiersinger, Sylvie Fleury, Seiichi Furuya, Gelitin, George Grosz, Renée Green, Ulrike Grossart, Manfred Grübl, Wolfgang Herzig, Kathi Hofer, Martha Jungwirth, Franz Kapfer, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka, Käthe Kollwitz, Alfred Kubin, Branko Lenart, Luiza Margan, Manon, Kurt Mayer, Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Klaus Pamminger, Marjetica Potrc, Dargo J. Prelog, Simona Reisch, Annerose Riedl, Martha Rosler, Gregor Sailer, Egon Schiele, Markus Schinwald, Thomas Stimm, Margherita Spiluttini, Martin Walde, Lois Weinberger, Werkstatt Rixdorfer Drucke, Erwin Wurm