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A Personal Path - Malerei von Susan Swartz
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Salzburg Foundation

Ten years of public art in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Salzburg - an auspicious anniversary, being celebrated not only by the Salzburg Foundation and its cooperating partner, the Bonn-based Foundation for Art and Culture, but above all by the residents and guests of the city. The year 2002 saw the launch of a worldwide unique project, dubbed the Walk of Modern Art: Twelve internationally-acclaimed artists were each invited to fashion their own site-specific works for selected public spaces across the city which are accessible to everyone. This Sculptural Tour now encompasses some of the most beautiful spots in Salzburg - including historic sites and locations which have become defined by their art. To embark upon the Walk of Modern Art is to experience this World Heritage Site through the eyes of some of the world's most distinguished contemporary artists.

The Salzburg Foundation is an "initiative" launched by the citizens of Salzburg in order to further enhance the city's reputation as a cultural metropolis. This entailed private-sector patrons joining together to furnish the requisite financial foundation. Our pride, ambitions and endeavours have always been geared towards ensuring private-sector funding of the projects, for which we like to thank, first and foremost, Reinhold Würth, Erich Schumann (†), the Credit Suiße (Deutschland) AG under their former board member Wulf Matthias and the now retired CEO of the Raiffeisenverband Salzburg Manfred Holztrattner. For the success of the project I would also like to express my gratitude to all members of the honorary board and founders' committee, and above all to the Artistic Director Walter Smerling, who over the past decade has succeeded in enlisting the services of an array of illustrious artists for Salzburg and surmounted all the inevitable obstacles. My special thanks also go to the city's municipal council under Mayor Heinz Schaden and the city's Planning Commissioner Johann Padutsch, together with all those innumerable promoters of our project.

We are delighted that the artworks of the Salzburg Foundation have now gained a new patron in the person of Prof. Dr. Reinhold Würth. He has kindly consented to incorporate the twelve art works into the custodianship of his international collection and to continue to present them in the city of Salzburg's public spaces.

Together the Würth Collection, the city of Salzburg and the Salzburg Foundation will ensure that the art works retain their compelling and authentic appeal. From 2013 onwards, the Würth Collection is entrusting the works to the city of Salzburg in the form of a permanent loan. The Salzburg Museum has integrated the "Walk of Modern Art" into its exhibition and public outreach programmes and, together with the Salzburg Foundation, is responsible for the preservation of the works.

Each of the twelve art works in Salzburg has fostered both personal reflection and on-going public discussion on the value and significance of art in our daily lives. And although this stimulating debate has at times provoked controversy, its impact cannot be overstated. For the Walk of Modern Art has transformed and enriched the city - to its enduring benefit.

Karl Gollegger, President of the Salzburg Foundation

 
A film by Salzburger Nachrichten, 01.10.2011

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Salzburg Art Project / A film by DW World, October 2009

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Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Anthony Cragg – Drei neue Außenskulpturen
Mario Merz: Ziffern im Wald
Mario Merz: Ziffern im Wald
Marina Abramovic: Spirit of Mozart
Marina Abramovic: Spirit of Mozart
Markus Lüpertz: Mozart - Eine Hommage
Markus Lüpertz: Mozart - Eine Hommage
James Turrell, SKY-SPACE, Innenansicht
James Turrell, SKY-SPACE, Innenansicht
Stephan Balkenhol: Sphaera
Stephan Balkenhol: Sphaera
Anthony Cragg: Caldera
Anthony Cragg: Caldera
Christian Boltanski: Vanitas
Christian Boltanski: Vanitas
Jaume Plensa: Awilda
Jaume Plensa: Awilda
Brigitte Kowanz: Beyond Recall
Brigitte Kowanz: Beyond Recall
Manfred Wakolbinger: Connection
Manfred Wakolbinger: Connection
Erwin Wurm: Gurken
Erwin Wurm: Gurken