art with salt and water

16/07/24Tuesday, 10:00 - 18:00further appointments Sudhaus Bad IschlSalinenplatz 1, 4820 Bad Ischl
Sudhaus: Motoi Yamamoto
© Mitchell Kearney


It was once called “white gold”: salt is a crucial element for the entire Salzkammergut region; even today it remains an important trade good, which leads some to prosperity and a few to richness.

Water and wood are both critical factors; without them, the extraction of salt would not be possible. – Salt and water are also both of critical importance for our bodies. Our organism is to 65 % made up of water and requires a daily ration of at least five grams of salt. – After all: salt and water are actually adversaries, which mutually devour each other and dissolve each other and are cursed to exist symbiotically until they are perhaps separated once again in a brew house.

"sudhaus – art with salt and water" is the central art exhibition of the European Capital of Culture. With the international and interregional participation of renowned artists, a spectrum of topics that is as broad as possible will be presented, which is introduced by documents from the history of the region. With a wide variety of facets and points of entry, the topics of salt and water will be presented in the form of objects, sculptures, installations, films, photography and sound works.

A part of the exhibit will make reference to the conference Open Water Dialogues, which concerns itself with urgent problems such as disappearing glaciers and the increasing scarcity of water around the world.

Opening hours

Tue – Wed 10.00 – 18.00
Thu 14.00 – 20.00
Fri-Sun 10.00 – 18.00
Mon closed

Public holiday:

  • Thursday, 15 August (Assumption day), 14-20.00 / public guided tour at 3 pm
  • Saturday, 26 October (National Day), 10-18.00 /  public guided tour at 2 pm and 4 pm

Guided Tours

Public guided tour (in German)
Every Saturday and Sunday at 2 pm and 4 pm
€ 5 Guided tour fee per person (excl. admission ticket)
For larger groups we ask you to book in advance.

Special guided tours
Per group (max. 20 people): € 120 (also available in English, Spanish or French)
Registrations and appointment requests at:

Important information for journalists

As part of the coverage of the European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut 2024 and the main exhibition “sudhaus – art with salt & water”, we are happy to provide you with an admission ticket. Please register in advance at with a scanned, valid press card. In addition to your medium, please also state the date of your desired visit.


Hicham Berrada (Paris), Christine Biehler (Hanau), Marion Eichmann (Berlin), Caterina Gobbi (Courmayeur/Berlin), Norbert W. Hinterberger (Berlin), Anouk Kruithof (Brussels), Sigalit Landau (Tel Aviv), Radenko Milak (Banja Luka), Wolfgang Müllegger & Georg Holzmann (Obertraun), Lucy+Jorge Orta (Paris), Kati Roover (Helsinki), Michael Sailstorfer (Berlin), Eva Schlegel (Wien), Nicole Six & Paul Petritsch (Wien), Simon Starling (Glasgow/Copenhagen), Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir (Reykjavik), Motoi Yamamoto (Kanazawa), Wenting Zhu (Shanghai/NY) (artists)

Gottfried Hattinger (Curator)
Elfi Sonnberger (Production Manager)
Julia Schwarz (Project assistance)

With the support of: Upper Austrian Chamber of Labour, EU Japan Fest

Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the exhibition.

Sharing Salzkammergut – Die Kunst des Reisens, Macht und Tradition, Kultur im Fluss, Globalokal – Building the New

Event info

Sudhaus Bad Ischl
Salinenplatz 1, 4820 Bad Ischl
Kinder: up to 7 years free, Behinderung: Persons with 60 % or more impairment + accompanying person € 7.50, Gruppen: From 10 persons 12 € , Kulturcard 2024 / pupils / apprentices / students up to the age of 26 / civil servants and those on military service € 7.50 AK members € 13 , Only at the ticket office on site Valid OÖVV ticket, AK Card, OÖN-Card, Raiffeisenbank customers 13,- Climate ticket Ö (Tue-Fri) 10 €