Hidden in the rock. The mountain, the salt & the art

Comics tell history

Stories in pictures pictures have offered a unique and touching access to our history since the beginning of time. The German comic artist Simon Schwartz is a master of the form and shows how up close and personal the experience of contemporary history can be.

(Original title: Verborgen im Fels. Der Berg, das Salz & die Kunst)

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Seite aus dem Comic Verborgen im Fels
© Simon Schwartz

Simon Schwartz (Artist)
Leonore Leonardy (Lector)
Harald Pernkopf (Project Manager Salzwelten)
Salzwelten GmbH (Project Leader)

Lisa Neuhuber (Head of Programme remembrance culture)

23.3.2024 - 3.11.2024

About the project

The Altaussee salt mine has a long and moving history. Salt has been extracted here since 1147 and has served as an important basis for the lives of the people in the region for centuries. From 1943 to 1945, the mine served as a Nazi hiding place for stolen art and valuable artworks.

For this shared project of Salzwelten GmbH and the 2024 European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut, the multiple award-winning comic artist Simon Schwartz will engage in a graphic novel with the tumultuous history of the Altaussee salt mine from the Stone Age until the National Socialist era, the artworks stored in the mine as well as their recovery.