It wouldn’t be Wolfgang Flatz if one could simply walk into his museum like into any other. But one can enter the former Natural History Museum of Vorarlberg only after having ascended a work called “Book Stairs” and cleared heavy punching bags out of the way.
The Flatz museum in Dornbirn, Austria
Then, after having reached the Flatz Bar
, the visitor is greeted by a blue neon sign proclaiming “Mut tut gut” (courage is good for you). The performance artist, stage-set designer and composer ended up in jail and in the psychiatric ward himself for a short time as a result of his courageous “happenings”. The trained goldsmith and metal designer
first came to the attention of the public with his often extreme performances, usually involving his own body. On display at the museum are, among other objects, sculptures from the “Physical Sculptures” series and works from the “Show me a hero and I’ll show you a tragedy” picture series, as well as room installations
, body works, machines, and a music project. Dedicated to the Dornbirn native, the Flatz Museum opened in July 2009. In addition to the permanent exhibition, the museum features regular performances, readings, lecture series and discussions
. Each year two temporary exhibitions are presented by international guest curators, and Wolfgang Flatz also provides space in his museum for travelling exhibitions from other art institutions.www.flatzmuseum.at