Political Landscape

Internal Workshop // Research // Public Edition


Art, Resistance, Salzkammergut


The particularly striking region of the Salzkammergut is perceived as a picturesque, cultural landscape. To this day, the region has lost none of its appeal, and has salvaged a collective political history that has moulded this part of the countryside and its people. In the mid-1940s, a great many actions both for and against Hitler’s fascist rule were concentrated here in the Austrian Salzkammergut, a traditionally popular summer resort formed by a triangle that stretches between the high mountains of the present-day states of Salzburg, Upper Austria and Styria. Parts of the proto-partisan-like resistance used the impassable areas of the high mountains as retreat. After the collapse of the Nazi-Regime also National-Socialists were hiding in the mountains or lived anonymously on the region. Likewise a burning lens many events culminated until May 1945 as for instance art robbery, betrayal, active and passive resistance, escape and murder. These complex and ambiguous times have normative effects on our political system until today. 2015 marks 70 years since Europe’s liberation from national-socialist totalitarianism, at which point only few living witnesses will remain. The research project “Political Landscape” addresses a specific landscape within which the research group sculpture will process the issue of individual and collective memory in several steps. Part of the project’s research will be located in the valley, and another part in the high mountains. The artworks develop new perspectives on the landscape and help to enhance a broad regional debate and social awareness of the political of landscape and everyday culture from a contemporary artistic perspective.


Artists: Clegg & Guttmann (IL) Eva Grubinger (AU) Florian Hüttner (DE) Angelika Loderer (AU) Susan Philipsz (GB) Bojan Šarčević (RS)


Art Theory: Kathrin Busch (DE) Martin Herbert (UK)


Idea: Eva Grubinger


Curated and organized by Dirck Moellmann and Elisabeth Fiedler, Institute for Art in Public Space Styria, in cooperation with Guenther Marchner, Cultural Network Salzkammergut, Bad Mitterndorf




10.07.2015, 7 pm
Opening, Kunsthaus Graz, Space 05, Lendquai 1, 8020 Graz, 11 Jul to 6 Sep 2015, free admission



11.07.2015, 12 pm
Opening, town hall, downtown, 8992 Altaussee. Round trips by bus with artists. Departure by bus 9 am – return 10 pm. Kunsthaus Graz–Altaussee-Graz (max. 63 p, for free)
Please register: kioer@museum-joanneum.at


Hiking tour, Totes Gebirge West

12.07.2015, 10 am – 6 pm (in case of summer heat we will start earlier)

Meeting at 10 am at Blaa-Alm (952 m), Lichtersberg 73a, way up Ischler Hütte (1365 m) and return. Visiting the pieces of Clegg & Guttmann, Florian Hüttner, Eva Grubinger, Angelika Loderer. For experienced persons, hiking outfit necessary, ca. 465 m altitude, 2,5 hrs ascent, Naglsteig, no climbing, but attentive eyes and surefootedness recommended.
Please register:  kioer@museum-joanneum.at


Hiking tour “Hedgehog”, Totes Gebirge West

18.07.2015, 8 am –6 pm
Guided tour „Hedgehog“, for experienced persons, hiking outfit necessary, no climbing, but attentive eyes and surefootedness recommended.

8 am departure by bus, Kunsthaus Graz, return approx. 9 pm
11 am – 6 pm
Hiking tour, meeting at Blaa Alm, Lichtersberg 73a, way up to Ischler Hut and return. Reading by Barbara Frischmuth for Clegg & Guttmann at Literature Museum Altaussee, transmitted via radiosignal to the Blaa-Alm.

Please register: kioer@museum-joanneum.at 



Commissioned by the Institute for Art in Public Space Styria / Universalmuseum Joanneum in cooperation with Netzwerk Salzkammergut.

Supportedby the country and the European Union (Leader from ELER).