The Life of Things. Looted – “Displaced“ – Salvaged

The Journey of the Pictures - Lauffen

27/04/24Saturday, 11:00Duration 6hAltes Marktrichterhaus LauffenMarktstrasse 19, 4820 Bad Ischl
Free entry
Das Leben der Dinge. Geraubt – verschleppt – gerettet
© Eric Tschernow


Showcasing contemporary works of art, the exhibition Das Leben der Dinge focuses on the fate of works of art and artefacts between looting, displacement, restitution, and reconstruction. Approaches informing the show range from the discussion of colonial looting and questionable collecting activities to state sanctioned theft and expropriation and cultural genocide through looting and the destruction of cultural objects. The exhibition’s focus is deliberately directed at the objects’ immaterial value and the memories and (hi)stories that have inscribed themselves upon them. As the creators of objects, artists are essentially linked to these objects and their networks of meaning and are uniquely sensitized to their (mis)representation. This is why art institutions are indebted to artists for imparting impulses to new strategies that enable them to deal responsibly with issues of restitution and the preservation of humanity’s cultural heritage. With Said Baalbaki, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, CATPC / Renzo Martens, Ines Doujak, Assaf Hinden, Moussa Kone, Oliver Laric, Markus Proschek, Anja Ronacher, Dierk Schmidt, Philip Topolovac, and others.

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

Altes Marktrichterhaus Lauffen
Marktstrasse 19, 4820 Bad Ischl