Museum of Modern Art
Modern art above the city of Salzburg
The Mönchsberg Mountain dominates – as well as the Kapuzinerberg Mountain – the skyline of the city of Salzburg. The Museum of Modern art is located right at the top of the Mönchsberg Mountain. It opened its doors to the public in 2004 and offers great views over the city. The museum’s second location may not be as spectacular as the museum above the city but is historically valuable nonetheless: The Rupertinum in the centre of the historic town of Salzburg right next to the big concert hall. The baroque building was built in 1653 and is the original location of the museum. Its original function was as a place where priests and magistrates were educated. The building was used by the Archbishops as seminary and residential school. The baroque building has housed a museum since 1976, the Salzburg Museum of Modern Art, also featuring graphic and photographic collections. Friedrich Hundertwasser, an Austrian artist, designed ceramic applications, named the “Zungenbärte” (tongue beards), for the museum, which caused some discussions after the reopening of the museum in 1983. Over the years the Rupertinum became to small – the new museum of modern art at the top of the Mönchsberg Mountain was built. Both museums in Salzburg – with an exhibition space of 3,000 m2 – display in periodical exhibitions national and international art of the present and from classical modernity. The museum owns numerous sculptures, paintings and a large graphic collection. A further highlight is the Austrian photographic collection with 17,000 works from the period after 1945.