Opening: free as a bird

A project by Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger, conceived by Katharina Lackner and Julia Stoff

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During the Cultural Capital Year, the Landungsplatz Train Station in Ebensee will derail, transforming into a realm of tangible, self-determined imagination. A resounding invitation to all - and especially to children and their adults, vogelfrei encourages its guests to invent birds and other flying creatures while resisting their extinction.

21. and 22.6. Opening 

The artist duo Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger initiate a spatial narrative from a bird’s-eye view – a wondrous beginning with an open-ended outcome. Their installation provides space up to the ceiling for fantastical beings to be discovered. created and built on-site.

A wild decoy bird world grows with: cunning turtledoves and bashful vultures, organized chickens and enamored dragons, cockatoos, hummingbirds and cheeky finches, icy siskins, hungry smacks, award-winning goldfinches, fantastic crossbills, great tits, and Salzkammergut swallows, impatient alpine parrots, lavender swans, well-traveled gallows birds and generous magpies, zizibes and birigoes, 
excited nest sitters and extravagant fledglings, bird droppings, seductive egg dances, and as-yet-undiscovered swarms.

The former restaurant is transformed into a hub of anarchic ornithological diversity. Its final appearance remains uncertain. There is great curiosity about the unbridled inspirations of its visitors. A vibrant, interactive installation created from an extensive selection of found materials, inviting wonder and encouraging experimentation. Those who want birds need courage for the wild.


Opening I Part 1 I with Hubert von Goisern & friends and the Salinenmusikkapelle Ebensee
Time Friday, 21/06/2024, 16.30-20.00 hrs

Place Landungsplatz train station, Ebensee am Traunsee
The following will speak:
Hermann Neuböck | Deputy Mayor of the market town of Ebensee
Werner König | Regional Manager at ÖBB Immobilienmanagment GmbH
Elisabeth Schweeger | Artistic Director of the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024
Gerda Steiner & Jörg Lenzlinger | Artist couple
Katharina Lackner & Julia Stoff | Curators

Opening I Part 2 I With a musical world premiere by Mama Frida and the Tirolerhäusl-Schützenmusi

Opening hours: 

The exhibition can be viewed at the following times: 

June 23 – July 5, 2024: 
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m 
Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m 

July 6 – September 8, 2024: 
Thursday to Monday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m 
Tuesday and Wednesday only for groups with advanced reservation

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Event info

Bahnhof Ebensee Landungsplatz
Hauptstraße 36, 4802 Ebensee