The Journey of the Pictures – Linz

Hitler's Cultural Policy, Art Trade, Storage and Salvage in the Salzkammergut during the Nazi Era

20/03/24Wednesday, 10:00Duration 8hLentos Kunstmuseum LinzDoktor-Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1, 4020 Linz
Die Reise der Bilder
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During the Second World War, the Salzkammergut was like no other region in Austria a centre for the transfer and rescue of important works of art from European art history. 
Adolf Hitler had works of art stored in the Aussee salt mine for his planned "Führer Museum" in Linz. Important Austrian museums also temporarily used tunnels, churches or restaurants in St. Agatha, Bad Aussee, Altaussee and Bad Ischl/Lauffen as temporary storage and protection sites. 
The exhibition takes an exemplary look at pictures that were collected, stored, looted, aryanised, forcibly sold, moved, sold or rescued in the Salzkammergut during the Second World War. The journey of the artworks around the world represents the continuation of the "journey". The exhibition features masterpieces by Arnold Böcklin, Lovis Corinth, Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes, Francesco Guardi, Oskar Kokoschka, Franz von Lenbach, Hans Makart, Edvard Munch, Moritz von Schwind, Max Pechstein, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Tiziano Vecellio and Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, among others.
The contemporary installation "Ruinenwert" (2019) by German artist Henrike Naumann expands the exhibition architecture staged by the artist and architect duo Nicole Six and Paul Petritsch.
The "Journey of Images" exhibition functions as an important transnational project focussing on Austria (Linz / Salzkammergut) - Italy - Germany - Netherlands - France.

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

Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz
Doktor-Ernst-Koref-Promenade 1, 4020 Linz