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Salzburg's Walk of Modern Art

All across Salzburg’s Old Town, you’ll come across some intriguing contemporary art. Discover a lesser known side of Salzburg as you contemplate the ten sculptures along the Walk of Modern Art, each a unique interpretation of the city.

Jaume Plensa, Awilda © 01_JP_Awilda_2010_Foto_W. Lienbacher_052, Salzburg Foundation/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Jaume Plensa, Awilda © 01_JP_Awilda_2010_Foto_W. Lienbacher_052, Salzburg Foundation/ VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn
Portrait Christian Boltanski - Vanitas © 01_Krypta_62-1, Salzburg Foundation/ Manfred Siebinger
Portrait Christian Boltanski - Vanitas © 01_Krypta_62-1, Salzburg Foundation/ Manfred Siebinger

A decade ago the city of Salzburg had a vision: a monumental outdoor art project that would span ten years and highlight the city's identity as a cultural epicenter. The Walk of Modern Art was born, and each year a distinguished artist is invited to produce a significant installation somewhere in town.

The result is a winding, unforgettable dialogue  of 12 intriguing artworks throughout the city: Jaume Plensa's "Awilda," a striking marble bust of a girl seemingly lost in dream -- and ever-changing perspective, as you circle the piece. Or Marina Abramovic’s interactive "Spirit of Mozart," an homage to Salzburg’s greatest son in the form of a 15-meter-high chair, surrounded by eight smaller ones the public is invited to sit in. The cumulative effect?

A thoroughly unique (and free) way of snaking through the city, guided not by "experts", but the artistic spirit that's long defined Salzburg. Special tours  for interested participants can be arranged with Austria Guide Ms. Inez Reichl de Hoogh (+43-664 -4968011).


 

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