Thankfully, there’s more to Salzburg than “The Sound of Music”.#
Salzburg is a well-known historical city in north-central Austria next to the border with Germany. For a different way of examining the city that goes beyond the history of the Habsburgs and the music of Mozart, the Walk of Modern Art allows visitors and residents to walk through parts of the city for a mix of historical and contemporary perspectives at street-level and from the cliffs above. The art pieces are placed throughout the city’s Old Town to coincide with key landmarks and sights. The city of Salzburg also provides information about the walk. UNESCO inscribed Salzburg’s Old Town as World Heritage Site in 1996.
Modernity through Salzburg
Access to all of the art work below is free of admission charge, though the pieces by Boltanski and Kiefer are subject to limited opening hours.
- Marina Abramovic: Spirit of Mozart (2004)
- Stephan Balkenhol: Frau im Fels (2007), Sphaera (2007)
- Christian Boltanski: Vanitas (2009)
- Anthony Cragg: Caldera (2008)
- Anselm Kiefer: A.E.I.O.U. (2002)
- Brigitte Kowanz: Beyond Recall (2011)
- Markus Lüpertz: Mozart – Eine Hommage (2005)
- Mario Merz: Ziffern im Wald (2003)
- Jaume Plensa: Awilda (2010)
- James Turrell: Sky-Space (2006)
- Manfred Wakolbinger: Connection (2011)
- Erwin Wurm: Gurken (2011)
Marina Abramovic: Spirit of Mozart
Stephan Balkenhol: Frau im Fels
Stephan Balkenhol: Sphaera
Christian Boltanski: Vanitas
Anthony Cragg: Caldera
Anselm Kiefer: A.E.I.O.U.
Brigitte Kowanz: Beyond Recall
Markus Lüpertz: Mozart – Eine Hommage
Mario Merz: Ziffern im Wald
Jaume Plensa: Awilda
James Turrell: Sky-Space
Manfred Wakolbinger: Connection
Erwin Wurm: Gurken
# As long as someone’s making money off the movie, “The Sound of Music” is an external cultural imposition about which many Austrians themselves know little or care little. I find that fascinating, especially in Salzburg. Over a period of a few weeks in Tirol, Vienna, and Salzburg, I asked Austrians along the way if they’d ever seen “Sound of Music” when they were children. Not surprisingly, most said “no”; they were more likely to have seen “Dinner for One“, a British classic broadcast annually over the Christmas holidays in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland.
I made all photos above on 21, 22, and 23 May 2018 with a Fujifilm X70 fixed-lens prime. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at fotoeins DOT com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-bYB.