Opening: Idyll for the modern age

Arnold Schönberg at Lake Traunsee

01/09/24Sunday, 14:00Duration 1h 30minVilla ToscanaToscanapark 6, 4810 Gmunden
Arnold Schönberg am Traunsee
© Arnold Schönberg Center, Wien


Opening (followed by a boat trip to Traunkirchen)

Like many of his artistic contemporaries, Arnold Schönberg sought out summer retreats far from urban distractions in order to give free rein to his creativity during extended stays in the country.

The composer, painter and writer Arnold Schönberg spent his summer holidays at Lake Traunsee six times between 1905 and 1923. For some summers he stayed at the Gasthof Hois’n. At the Traunsee Schönberg created chamber music, songs, piano pieces, paintings and drawings. The first twelve-tone composition in the history of music was written in Traunkirchen in July 1921.

The exhibition traces Schönberg’s creative years at Lake Traunsee, sketches a panorama of significant modernist artistic encounters and, away from the idyll, addresses the summer resort anti-Semitism of the early 1920s in the Salzkammergut.


Ulrike Anton (Arnold Schönberg Centre, Director)
Therese Muxeneder (Arnold Schönberg Centre, Curator)
Martin Haselböck (Conductor)
Michael Maertens (reading)
Sarah Maria Sun (soprano)
Michael Schöch (piano)
A co-operation with the Arnold Schönberg Center, Vienna, and the KIRCH’KLANG Festival Salzkammergut

Martina Rothschädl (Head of Programme remembrance culture)
Christian Haselmayr (Head of Programme Music, Youth, Community Building)

Macht und Tradition

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Villa Toscana
Toscanapark 6, 4810 Gmunden