Opening: Hidden in the rock. The mountain, the salt and the art

Comic Exhibition by Simon Schwartz in the Steinberghaus, Altaussee

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Verborgen im Fels. Der Berg, das Salz & die Kunst
© Simon Schwartz


With comic drawings Simon Schwartz tells the eventful history of the Altaussee salt mountain and the art goods stored in the mountain.

The Altaussee salt mine has a long and moving history. Salt has mined here since the year 1147. For centuries, it has been an important foundation for livelihoods. From 1943 to 1945, the mine was used during the era of National Socialism to hide and store valuable artworks and cultural objects. For this shared project of Salzwelten GmbH and the 2024 Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut, the artist Simon Schwartz will engage with the tumultuous history of the Altaussee salt mine and the artworks stored in the mind as well as their recovery. He will tell the story in comic drawings and present them in a freely accessible exhibition in the Steinberghaus.


Artist: Simon Schwartz
Curators: Elisabeth Schweeger/Lisa Neuhuber
Project Leaders: Salzwelten/Steinberghaus
Project Management for the 2024 European Capital of Culture Salzkammergut: Lisa Neuhuber

Macht und Tradition

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Steinberghaus Salzwelten Altaussee