Villa Karbach

How Scurrealism Comes into the World

Where the real and the bizarre meet, “scurrealism” enters the world. This neologism comes from the Ebensee writer Walter Pilar, the instigator of the Villa Karbach art project. He and many other artists show works of unconventional power and intensity.

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Villa Karbach
Villa Pantschoulidzeff in Traunkirchen © Villa Karbach

Lara Almarcegui, BERG artist group (Clemens Bauder, Felix Ganzer, Ella Raidel), Jonas Burkhalter, Fernando Sánchez Castillo, Thomas Feuerstein, Siegfried A. Fruhauf, Anita Gratzer, Otto Hainzl, Anna Katharina Laggner, Walter Pilar, Peter Putz, Otto Saxinger, Barbara Signer, Monika Sobotik, Andrea Sodomka, Isa Stein and others (Artists)
Martin Sturm, Paolo Bianchi (Curators, Responsible for the project)
NATURSCHAUSPIEL (Cooperation partner)
With the kind support of EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee

Maria Neumayr-Wimmer (Head of Production)
Marian Holzmüller (Production)

18 May to 29 September 2024

About the project

An expedition to art and nature from Traunkirchen to the Karbach quarry on the eastern shore

From the exhibition in the Villa Pantschoulidzeff – built by the famous architect Theophil Hansen – with a magnificent view of Lake Traunsee and Traunstein, this expedition takes you by boat across the lake to the “wild” Salzkammergut: the destination is the Karbach quarry, an industrial site in the middle of a picturesque mountain world on the secluded eastern shore of Gmunden. On their tour, guests are accompanied by experienced guides and encounter a symbiosis of nature, industrial culture and works of art.

Where the real and the bizarre meet, “bizarre realism” comes into the world. This term was coined by the Ebensee writer Walter Pilar. At Villa Pantschoulidzeff, he and other artists are showing works of unconventional power. Pilar’s main work “Karbach-Hochalter” can be admired in the garden room. In the Salon, Bedroom and Cabinet, guests can experience works that are fascinating and irritating, humorous and serious at the same time. On display are dives, root worlds, headstands and an endless necklace.

The journey to the Karbach quarry is made by boat. White limestone was quarried here from 1890 to 2005, “the mountain was transported across the lake” (according to Pilar) and processed into soda in Ebensee. The route leads to the plant near the lake, where guests encounter artistic interventions – such as an alchemical laboratory in the workshop, a sound performance with singing stones in the sorting plant or an alpenglow underground.

Opening hours

Villa Pantschoulidzeff

General exhibition opening hours

Fri, Sat, Sun, 10 to 18

Villa Karbach tour

Boat trip to Karbach and guided tour of Villa Pantschoulidzeff
Meeting point landing stage Loidl / town square

Fri, Sat, Sun, 10 and 14:30
(duration approx. 3.5 hours)

Additional trips for groups

Thu 15:00

Questions to:

Dogs and other pets are not allowed on the tour or in the exhibition.