Opening: Wolfgang Gurlitt. Art dealer and profiteer in Bad Aussee

The Journey of the Pictures - Bad Aussee

27/03/24Wednesday, 19:00Duration 2hKammerhofmuseum Bad AusseeClumeckyplatz 1, 8990 Bad Aussee
Free entry
Wolfgang Gurlitt. Kunsthändler und Profiteur in Bad Aussee
© Norbert Artner


Life and activities of Wolfgang Gurlitt (1888–1965), who lived in Bad Aussee (and in the latter part of his life, in Munich) between 1940 and his death in 1965, and the beginnings of the Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz are closely interwoven: the museum is in charge of his both brilliant and problematic collection, which at one time was conveyed to Bad Aussee for safekeeping. The multifaceted exhibition casts a light on the turbulent life of the passionate collector and ambivalent art dealer Wolfgang Gurlitt and his Jewish partner Lilly Christiansen Agoston (1894–1951), who was involved in the trade of confiscated works of art in the Nazi era.

Three different art exhibitions of a special kind at three locations: During the Second World War, Hitler and the most important Austrian museums and art dealers used the Salzkammergut to bring masterpieces of European art history to safety or to protect museum collections from destruction.

In “The Journey of the Pictures”, the Lentos focuses not only on Hitler’s planned “Führer Museum Linz” and the secret salvage operations, but also on the temporary art camps in St. Agatha, Bad Aussee, Altaussee and Bad Ischl/Lauffen. In the Kammerhofmuseum Bad Aussee, the life and work of the Berlin art dealer Wolfgang Gurlitt and his Jewish business partner Lilly Christiansen, who lived in Bad Aussee from 1940 onwards, are dealt with. And in Lauffen, the systematic theft of art, a well-known phenomenon since antiquity and a means of legitimising cultural dominance, will be the subject of works and installations by contemporary artists.


Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz (project sponsor)
Elisabeth Nowak-Thaller (Project Manager / Curator, Lentos)
Birgit Schwarz (expert on Nazi art policy, guest curator, Lentos)
Markus Proschek(Curator Lauffen)
Hemma Schmutz (Director Museums of the City of Linz, Curator Lauffen)
Lisa Neuhuber, Martina Rothschädl (Project Management Salzkammergut 2024)

Macht und Tradition, Kultur im Fluss

Event info

Kammerhofmuseum Bad Aussee
Clumeckyplatz 1, 8990 Bad Aussee