Idyll for the modern age

Arnold Schönberg at Lake Traunsee

Like many of his artistic contemporaries, Arnold Schönberg sought out summer retreats far from urban distractions in order to give free rein to his creativity during extended stays in the country.

Subject to change
Gertrude (Trudi), Mathilde und Arnold Schönberg
© Arnold Schönberg Center, Wien

Ulrike Anton (Arnold Schönberg Centre, Director)
Therese Muxeneder (Arnold Schönberg Centre, Curator)
Martin Haselböck (Conductor)
Michael Maertens (reading)
Sarah Maria Sun (soprano)
Michael Schöch (piano)
A co-operation with the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna, and the KIRCH’KLANG Festival Salzkammergut

Martina Rothschädl (Head of Programme Performing Arts and Literature)
Christian Haselmayr (Head of Programme Music, Youth, Community Building)

September - Oktober 2024

About the project

The composer, painter and writer Arnold Schönberg spent his summer holidays at Lake Traunsee six times between 1905 and 1923. For some summers he stayed at the Gasthof Hois’n. At the Traunsee Schönberg created chamber music, songs, piano pieces, paintings and drawings. The first twelve-tone composition in the history of music was written in Traunkirchen in July 1921.

The exhibition traces Schönberg’s creative years at Lake Traunsee, sketches a panorama of significant modernist artistic encounters and, away from the idyll, addresses the summer resort anti-Semitism of the early 1920s in the Salzkammergut.