art with salt & water

It was once called “white gold”: salt is a crucial element for the entire Salzkammergut region; even today it remains an important trade good, which leads some to prosperity and a few to richness.

Subject to change
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© Mitchell Kearney

Hicham Berrada (Paris), Christine Biehler (Hanau), Marion Eichmann (Berlin), Caterina Gobbi (Courmayeur/Berlin), Norbert W. Hinterberger (Berlin), Anouk Kruithof (Brussels), Sigalit Landau (Tel Aviv), Radenko Milak (Banja Luka), Wolfgang Müllegger & Georg Holzmann (Obertraun), Lucy+Jorge Orta (Paris), Kati Roover (Helsinki), Michael Sailstorfer (Berlin), Eva Schlegel (Wien), Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch (Wien), Simon Starling (Glasgow/Copenhagen), Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir (Reykjavik), Motoi Yamamoto (Kanazawa), Wenting Zhu (Shanghai/NY) (artists)

Gottfried Hattinger (Curator)
Elfi Sonnberger (Production Manager)
Julia Schwarz (Project Assistance)

With the support of: Upper Austrian Chamber of Labour, EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee

21/01 til 31/10/24

Tue - Wed 10.00 - 18.00
Thu 14.00 - 20.00
Fri-Sun 10.00 - 18.00
Mon closed

Public holidays → special opening hours and guided tours

About the project

Water and wood are both critical factors; without them, the extraction of salt would not be possible. – Salt and water are also both of critical importance for our bodies. Our organism is to 65 % made up of water and requires a daily ration of at least five grams of salt. – After all: salt and water are actually adversaries, which mutually devour each other and dissolve each other and are cursed to exist symbiotically until they are perhaps separated once again in a brew house.

sudhaus is the central art exhibition of the European Capital of Culture. With the international and interregional participation of renowned artists, a spectrum of topics that is as broad as possible will be presented, which is introduced by documents from the history of the region. With a wide variety of facets and points of entry, the topics of salt and water will be presented in the form of objects, sculptures, installations, films, photography and sound works.

A part of the exhibit will make reference to the conference Open Water Dialogues, which concerns itself with urgent problems such as disappearing glaciers and the increasing scarcity of water around the world.

Guides Tours

Public guided tour (in German)
Every Saturday and Sunday at 14.00 and 16.00
€ 5 Guided tour fee per person (excl. admission ticket)
For larger groups we ask you to book in advance.

Special guided tours
Per group (max. 20 people): € 120 (also available in English, Spanish or French)
Registrations and appointment requests at:

Public holidays

  • Thursday, 15 August (Assumption day), 14-20.00 / public guided tour at 15.00
  • Saturday, 26 October (National Day), 10-18.00 / public guided tour at 14.00 and 16.00

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Exhibition catalogue

sudhaus – art with salt & water
Published by Gottfried Hattinger
Printed at Verlag Bibliothek der Provinz
144 pages, 17 x 24 cm, German/Engl.

€ 20 – Order now!

Also available directly in the exhibition

Important information for journalists

As part of the coverage of the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024 and the main exhibition “sudhaus – art with salt & water”, we are happy to provide you with an admission ticket. Please register in advance at with a scanned, valid press card. In addition to your medium, please also state the date of your desired visit.