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Opening: The Journey of the Pictures – Linz

During World War II, the Salzkammergut was unrivalled among Austria’s regions as a transshipment point and a safe haven for outstanding works of art of European art history.
For the “Führermuseum” Hitler was planning for Linz, he used the Aussee salt mines as holding areas for works of art. Nor was he alone. Leading Austrian museums were also availing themselves provisionally of mines, churches, and even pubs in St. Agatha, Bad Aussee, Altaussee, and in Bad Ischl/Lauffen as temporary places of storage and safekeeping. 
The exhibition sets off in an exemplary manner in search of works of art, which were hoarded, stored, looted, aryanized, forcibly sold, shifted to the black market, auctioned off or salvaged in the Salzkammergut in World War II. The paths these works of art struck out into the wide world were the consequence of their “uprooting”. The exhibition features masterpieces by such artists as Arnold Böcklin, Lovis Corinth, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Francesco Guardi, Oskar Kokoschka, Franz von Lenbach, Hans Makart, Edvard Munch, Moritz von Schwind, Max Pechstein, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Tiziano Vecellio, and Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller. 
The contemporary installation Ruinenwert [The Value of Ruins] (2019) by German artist Henrike Naumann expands the exhibition architecture designed by the artist-and-architect duo Nicole Six and Paul Petritsch. 
The exhibition Reise der Bilder functions as an important cross-border project focusing on Austria (Linz / Salzkammergut) – Italy – Germany – Netherlands – France.

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Wolfgang Gurlitt. Art dealer and profiteer in Bad Aussee

Life and activities of Wolfgang Gurlitt (1888–1965), who lived in Bad Aussee (and in the latter part of his life, in Munich) between 1940 and his death in 1965, and the beginnings of the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz are closely interwoven: the museum is in charge of his both brilliant and problematic collection, which at one time was conveyed to Bad Aussee for safekeeping.

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The Journey of the Paintings

Like no other region in Austria, the Salzkammergut served as a point of transit and salvage for important works of European art history during the Second World War, including art looted by the National Socialists. After the first bombing raids, exhibits for Adolf Hitler’s “Führer Museum” and works of art from the Schack art collection in Munich were stored in the Altaussee salt mine and in makeshift depots such as inns and churches. Austrian museums also used a mine, the Franz-Josef-Erbstollen (Franz Josef adit) in Lauffen near Bad Ischl in the Salzkammergut, as a refuge facility in 1944/45.

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Press Press contactEuropean Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024 Press regional an national Christina Werner, Lisa Holzingerpresse@salzkammergut-2024.atTel: +43 699 10 48 70 72‬ (Christina

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