We put together a selection of the top locations for discovering contemporary art in Salzburg. Along with our favourite art institutions and galleries, take the Walk of Modern Art and visit public artworks by renowned artists like Marina Abramović, James Turrell and Brigitte Kowanz in an immersive experience through the historical city.
Find out more on our list below and our map for recommended quick bites, drinks and dinner!
Museum der Moderne Salzburg | Mönchsberg 32, 5020 Salzburg
The Museum der Moderne Salzburg is known as an unmistakable art museum for modern and contemporary art beyond the borders of Salzburg. It stands for scientifically based, high quality exhibitions, publications and collections, for art with a willingness to take risks for new, interdisciplinary and critical forms. Thus, it carries out an important task within the local, national and above all in the international museum landscape and also acts as a partner for other institutions on these levels. Regarding the diversity of current art production in terms of geography and media, it takes on a contemporary role, in which it also attaches great importance to the diversity of the audience.
Walk of Modern Art | Salzburg
The Walk of Modern Art in Salzburg takes visitors to the city’s most beautiful places and hidden treasures, and to places where art is least expected. The sculptures are within walking distance of the Old City and freely accessible. Featuring world renowned artists such as Marina Abramović and James Turrell and Austrian artists like Brigitte Kowanz, Manfred Wakolbinger and Erwin Wurm, every artist took a different approach and interpretation of Salzburg to highlight the city’s identity as a cultural centre and World Heritage site. In a town steeped in tradition, it offers visitors and residents the opportunity to engage in an inspiring dialogue with contemporary art.
Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg | Residenzplatz 1, 5020 Salzburg
Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg was founded in 1972 by Mario & Waltraud Mauroner with 30 years of international experience and realisation of more than 400 exhibitions and participation in international art fairs. The gallery’s program is dedicated to a range of outstanding international contemporary artists, especially from the Mediterranean area, whose common ground is a steady progression of their respective creative work, developed independently of current trends.
Ebensperger Rhomberg | Samergasse 28b, 5020 Salzburg
Ebensperger Rhomberg was founded in 2010 in Graz as Galerie Patrick Ebensperger. In 2010, it moved to Berlin, occupying a former crematorium since 2013. In 2017, the gallery expanded its space to the historic city centre of Salzburg before moving to ‘Elektrohalle’ in 2019 – following a fascination with peculiar locations. The new location has become a spacious and adaptable home for its fan-driven programme, projects and exhibitions focussed on the gallery’s core mediums of painting, drawing, site-specific installations, film and performance. Past solo shows include Bjørn Melhus, a homage to the gallery Delmes & Zander, Benjamin Heisenberg, Friederike Feldmann, a new take on Otto Muehl’s portrait works, and currently, Muntean Rosenblum. The artist Tim Etchells has permanently embellished the facade of the ‘Elektrohalle’ with a neon work: Something Common in the Universe but Rare on Earth.
Salzburger Kunstverein | Hellbrunner Straße 3, 5020 Salzburg
The Salzburger Kunstverein was founded in 1844. Today it is a leading organization in Central Europe for producing and exhibiting international and Austrian contemporary art. The SKV is housed in the historic Künstlerhaus, which is located in the city center of Salzburg and was built by the SKV in 1885. The offices and galleries of the SKV, as well as 24 studios, are all within the Künstlerhaus. Since 1885, the historical building has been continuously adapted into a modern exhibition space. In addition to the near 500 square meters of the exhibition area for major exhibitions, the Künstlerhaus houses different institutions, studios, exhibition areas and the Café Cult. This is a hub where current trends in contemporary international art are presented, where artists meet and are met, and where art, art theory and cultural policies are analysed and discussed.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac | Villa Kast: Mirabellplatz 2, 5020 Salzburg | Halle: Vilniusstraße 13, 5020 Salzburg
Founded in 1983, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has galleries across Europe, in London, Paris and Salzburg, and an expanding team in Asia. Specialising in contemporary art and representing over 60 artists, the gallery supports and showcases the careers of some of the most influential artists today with a wide-ranging programme of over 40 exhibitions each year across its five extensive and historic gallery spaces. The gallery runs its own publishing house that produces catalogues and books to accompany its exhibitions, contributing to new scholarship and a wider art-historical discourse by inviting prominent art historians, curators and writers to collaborate.
Art Hotel Blaue Gans | Getreidegasse 41-43, 5020 Salzburg
The Art Hotel Blaue Gans began with a passion for art and creativity. Today over 120 works of art will accompany you on your way through the house. All of them are originals, and that’s what we really like about them. The hotel holds a selection of contemporary artists including Constantin Luser, Jonathan Meese, Siegfried Fruhauf, Lori Hersberger and Franz Graf.
Museum der Moderne Salzburg
Walk of Modern Art
Mario Mauroner Contemporary Art Salzburg
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
Art Hotel Blaue Gans
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