Krauthügel Art Project

Andreas Slominski

A project staged by the Salzburg Foundation in cooperation with the Foundation for Art and Culture and the Archabbey of St. Peter.

A road, a cycle lane, a harvesting machine and turnips: The basic building blocks of Andreas Slominski’s installation, especially conceived for the Krauthügel Art Project, are as banal as they are unusual. The constellation and siting of the object are also disconcerting – a signature trademark of the artist, who, in the course of his “aesthetic field research”, alienates random quotidian objects from their everyday context, in order to tease new meaning from them.

Slominski’s road and his cycle lane are three-dimensional concepts. Yet neither bicycle nor humans actually move, but rather the art and thoughts of the artist are transported into the mind of the viewer. Slominski “rolls” up both thoroughfares to fashion a large cylinder or oval – pure forms, which have been divested of their original function. As the epitome of a ubiquitous public utility, the road is transformed into a sculpture, flanked by a symbolic field of turnips. With the turnip, Slominski is integrating the history of the city of Salzburg into his work, specifically Prince Archbishop Leonhard von Keutschach, whose coat of arms bore a white turnip. He is famous, among other things, for having reinforced Hohensalzburg Castle, which dominates the Krauthügel panorama, and thus forms part of the installation.

Andreas Slominski was born in Meppen (Germany) in 1959. He studied at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, where since 2004 he has been engaged as Professor for Sculpture. The artist has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in many leading museums and galleries, including the Venice Biennial, the Sculpture Projects Münster and in the Vienna Secession.

Andreas Slominski lives and works in Hamburg and Berlin.

May 5 – September 30, 2016
Krauthügel – Hans-Sedlmayr-Weg in Salzburg

A project staged by the Salzburg Foundation in cooperation with the Foundation for Art and Culture and the Archabbey of St. Peter.

Guided tours

The Salzburg Foundation offers guided tours, free of charge. Interested visitors are invited to take a tour of Andreas Slominski’s project on the Krauthügel, led by the art historian and art educator Mag. Anita Thanhofer (Durchblick Kunstvermittlung). Guided tours in combination with Barbara Ullmann’s project Katharsis being staged in the Collegiate Church, are also possible.

Dates for the “Combitour” of the Collegiate Church and the Krauthügel:
May 7 – June 30, 2016, Wednesdays at 5 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am
Assembly point: Entrance portals of the Collegiate Church
Duration: 2 hours (including walk over the Mönchsberg)

Dates for the Krauthügel Art Project:
May 7 – June 30, 2016, Wednesdays at 6.15 pm, and Saturdays at 11.15 am
July 1 – September 30, 2016, Wednesdays at 6.30 pm, and Saturdays at 10 am
Assembly point: Krauthügel (in front of the installation), Hans-Sedlmayr-Weg, Salzburg
Duration: 45 minutes

Admission and participation in the educational programme are free of charge, no booking necessary
Information on the guided tours: Mag. Anita Thanhofer, www.kunst-durchblick.at/durchblick-blog

Zhang Huan – My Temple
A project of the Salzburg Foundation in collaboration with Erzabtei St. Peter and the Stiftung für Kunst und Kultur e.V.

July 24 – September 29, 2015


The temple was the remains of a sacred place where my ancestors worship their forefathers 400 hundred years ago” Zhang Huan says to his installation. His temple consists of historical components of a temple complex from the Ming Dynasty dating back to the 17th century. Through this the artist calls to mind a traditional culture of China. It creates a correlation network between art and history, history and nature, and rationality and spirituality. Zhang’s temple is charged with the history of many generations that the artist transfers into actuality:

Each time I walk into My Temple, I am surrounded by great mental aura which is unsophisticated, silent and mysterious. It’s an illusion, an illusion arising from epiphany which has something to do with the imaginary past, present and future. It’s an illusion of happiness, love and death” (Zhang Huan).

In the middle of the entrance beam is a plastic bag, a familiar object of everyday consumer life, but a foreign object to this installation. The ancient material wood, that conveys stability, meets the material of the present (and future?) plastic. The bag can also be read as a symbol of transportation and movement, as a vacuum that needs to be filled.  Zhang Huan incorporated it into his historic temple as “an illusion of the future and the expectation of a new life”.

Zhang Huan was born in 1965 in Anyang and is one of the most successful representatives of the young Chinese art scene. He lives and works in Shanghai.

Zhang Huan, My Temple, 2015 – Fotorechte: © Salzburg Foundation, Foto: Manfred Siebinger – Bildrechte: © für die Werke: Zhang Huan

Zhang Huan, My Temple, 2015 – Fotorechte: © Salzburg Foundation, Foto: Manfred Siebinger – Bildrechte: © für die Werke: Zhang Huan



ltr. Landeshauptmann Wilfried Haslauer, Walter Smerling, Anthony Cragg, Korbinian Birnbacher “Points of View”

Anthony Cragg – Three New Sculptures
Opening: 6. Juni 2014 / 11.00 Uhr, Krauthügel Salzburg
Brunnhausgasse / Hans-Sedlmayrweg (Krautwächterhäusl)
Duration: June 7 – September 29, 2014

As a sequel to the successful 10-year “Walk of Modern Art” project, the Salzburg Foundation has just unveiled three new sculptures by Anthony Cragg as part of the newly-launched “Krauthügel Art Project”. Scheduled to run for five years, this new venture is to stage a temporary outdoor exhibition each year beneath Hohensalzburg Castle, across some 80,000 sq.m. of green public space.”

In close collaboration with the Archabbey of St. Peter, the President of the Salzburg Foundation, Karl Gollegger, and its Artistic Director Walter Smerling have struck a corresponding agreement for the next five years, and are delighted at the response of the artist Anthony Cragg, who has fashioned three new bronze sculptures especially for Salzburg: “Points of View”, “Runner” und “Mixed Feelings”.

On Friday, June 6, at 11.00 am, the exhibition “Anthony Cragg – Three New Sculptures” was inaugurated on Salzburg’s Krauthügel beneath Hohensalzburg Castle in the presence of the artist, the President of the Salzburg Foundation, Karl Gollegger, the Chairman of the Foundation for Art and Culture, Walter Smerling, Archabbot Korbinian Birnbacher and Provincial Governor Wilfried Haslauer.

As delightful as it is to have one’s own take on things, it is often a lonely dance

The presentation also marks a premiere for the artist Anthony Cragg, as hitherto none of his works have been shown on the Krauthügel. He was, however, immediately taken by the site, as he outlines in his explanation of the inspiration behind his sculptures:

“As delightful as it is to have one’s own take on things, it is often a lonely dance”, is the artist’s reading of Points of View (2013), a work comprising three parts, measuring 690 x 233 x 208 cm, 695 x 205 x 253 cm, 700 x 165 x 18 cm, and each weighing 3 tonnes.

Runner, according to the artist, “expresses the feeling you have at the moment you think you know what is happening, whilst, at the same time, also suspecting that things are about to veer off in the wrong direction. This applies frequently not only to the minor, personal things, but also to major movements and trends which you generally sense happening around you.” Runner (2013) measures are 360 x 251 x 146 cm, and weighs in at 2.5 tonnes.

Mixed Feelings portrays Cragg’s gamut of emotions. “The positives consist of a large number of positive and negative outcomes which unite to form an apparent view. Put simply – fusion and confusion”. Mixed Feelings (2012) measures 550 x 236 x 224 cm and weighs just over 4 tonnes.

The presentation of Three New Sculptures marks the second collaboration between the English sculptor and the Salzburg Foundation in the city of Salzburg. Back in 2008, his work “Caldera”, the seventh sculpture to be featured in the “Walk of Modern Art” project, was unveiled on the Makartplatz. Since 2013 the art work has been in the possession of the Würth-Gruppe and been donated to the general public and the city of Salzburg as a loan.

Anthony Cragg was born in Liverpool in 1949, and after completing his studies moved to Germany. Since the late 1970s, he has been domiciled in Wuppertal, where in 2006 the sculptor acquired an overgrown park, measuring some 15 hectares, together with the listed Waldfrieden Villa, which he developed into the Waldfrieden Sculpture Park. Opened in September 2008, the Sculpture Park now houses works by Anthony Cragg himself, and also stages travelling exhibitions featuring other internationally-acclaimed sculptors.

A winner of the distinguished Turner Prize, the artist was awarded the Praemium Imperiale for Sculpture in 2007. Since 1979 he has been teaching at the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, where in 1988 he was appointed professor, before moving to Berlin to take up the post of Professor of Sculpture at Berlin’s University of the Arts in 2001. Since 1994 he has been a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and since 2002 a member of Berlin’s Academy of the Arts. In the same year he was also appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE). He has served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor and since 2009 as Vice-Chancellor of the Düsseldorf Academy of Art, following in the footsteps of his predecessor Markus Lüpertz. On August 1, 2013 he was succeeded by Rita McBride. In 2009 Anthony Cragg was elected member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Academy of Sciences, Humanities and the Arts.