The other life

Photographs by Konrad Mautner

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the death of Konrad Mautner, the Folk Life Museum at the Paulustor in Graz is dedicating a personal exhibition to this researcher and collector of traditional garbs and folks songs.

Subject to change
Konrad Mautner
© Stephen M. Mautner, Vertreter der Erben von Anna und Konrad Mautner

Birgit Johler (Curator)
in co-operation with Stephen Mautner
Herta Neiß, Michael John (Cooperation Museum of the City of Bad Ischl)

Lisa Neuhuber, Martina Rothschädl (Head of Programme remembrance culture)

From 26 January 2024 in Graz, from 18 July 2024 in Bad Ischl

About the project

The more than 2,000 photographs by this folklorist that were taken between 1890 and 1924 are not only witnesses to events within the family, but instead also provide in-sights into the everyday cultural life of the region.

Photo albums belonging to the Mautner family came to light recently containing more than 2,000 photographs. These images serve as the starting point for a modern-day examination of the friend and patron of the folk life museums in Graz and Vienna. Created from the 1890s until Konrad Mautner’s mother’s death in 1924, taken mainly in Gössl am Grundlsee as well as in the Styrian region of the Salzkammergut, the albums tell of friends, neighbours and family members, yet mainly of Konrad Mautner himself as a family man, businessman, performer, documentarian, ethnographer and networker. Mixed in with this are also photos from Vienna, from journeys to Paris or to his father’s textile production sites. In all, the photographs show one life next to the other – the rural one in country attire, the urban one in a suit. Probably conceived originally as a memento for the family and the local area, some of these photographs were more widely disseminated. Today, they allow us insight into the everyday cultural life of the producer of images that was Konrad Mautner.

The Folk Life Museum at the Paulustor combines these various aspects of Konrad Mautner in its exhibition, creating a multilayered voyage of discovery. At the same time, The Other Life sets in motion the confrontation with Konrad Mautner within the family and its memory of the same, through the long-concealed images that bear direct witness. For the exhibition in the Folk Life Museum, objects from the ‘Konrad Mautner Collection’ have also been included in the presentation.

The show will be contextualised as a special exhibition as part of the reopening of the „Hotel Austria, Willkommen im Salzkammergut Museum der Stadt Bad Ischl” from July 2024 onwards.