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sommer.frische.kunst – Bad Gastein

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sommer.frische.kunst kunstresidenz logoKissed by the muse
Franz Schubert, Arthur Schopenhauer, Thomas Mann and Gustav Klimt were all summer visitors to Bad Gastein who found inspiration in this spa resort. Following in their footsteps, Bad Gastein has now transformed this tradition into the fresh and lively summer arts festival sommer.frische.kunst that adds a contemporary artistic note to summer in Bad Gastein.
The artists’ residence provides a framework for internationally renowned contemporary artists to develop their work. The kunstfestival shining arts festival illuminates Bad Gastein with a sparkling array of light installations and contemporary art. Finally, the summer jazz in the city concert series fills balmy summer evenings with grooving and swinging sounds. Throughout the summer from June to October, exhibitions, installations, open ateliers, creative workshops, concerts, summer theatre events and countless other artistic and cultural activities add a fresh and lively note to the resort of Bad Gastein. Come and be inspired by Bad Gastein. We look forward to welcoming you!

You will find further information in the programm booklet (as PDF).

artists’ residence programme
Rugged cliff formations, torrential mountain rivers and extreme weather situations – the alpine world has always evoked a particular fascination among both man and artists. With its newly founded artists’ residence Bad Gastein aims to provide the artistic soul with scope for inspiration and strength for intense creativity. During the summer artists from Austria and abroad work at the artists’ residence in Bad Gastein’s historic hydroelectric power plant as part of the sommer.frische.kunst project. Under the motto “Tradition is life” historic events from Bad Gastein are brought back to life and portrayed in a contemporary modern style through the creativity of the young artists. The international scholarship programme offers aspiring young artists scope for the development of their creative talent by providing free ccommodation at the participating hotels and workshops at the former power plant. The artistic summer will conclude with the final weekend at the artists’ residence from 19 to 21 August 2011 when there will be a private viewing event on Friday 19 August (Invitation card as PDF) to celebrate the achievements of the 2011 artists’ residence scholarship holders and stage a festival of art for art lovers. The initiator of the artists’ residence is Andrea von Goetz.

Sebastian Meschenmoser, Mirko Reisser (DAIM), Johannes Weiss, Sabrina Fritsch, Phillip Fürhofer, Kyung-Hwa Choi Ahoi, Henrik Eiben

Former power plant at the waterfall
The historically significant former Bad Gastein power plant is located in the heart of Bad Gastein at the foot of the town’s waterfall. When put into operation in 1914 it was both one of the first and largest hydroelectric power plants in the Salzburger Land region. Originally constructed to advance the mechanisation of gold mining in Bad Gastein, it was soon supplying the entire valley with electricity. Today the former power plant is not just an industrial monument but also serves as a witness to the history of electrical power generation. Visitors of the power plant are not only impressed by the fifteen metre-long marble switchboard but the ‘electrical’ tradition of the spa resort dating back to 1886 is also illuminated.
At that time Bad Gastein was the first electrically lit spa town in Europe. The first power plant with a thermal water lifting machine built in 1886 belonged to Emperor Franz Joseph I. After it was closed in 2004 the town council bought back the power plant and declared the building a historic monument. Today Bad Gastein allows the premises to be used for a new purpose – art.
The artists’ residence serves to breathe new life into the historic walls. Bad Gastein therefore also bridges the gap between tradition and modernity here as well.

programme booklet

Altes Kraftwerk am Wasserfall
Wasserfallstraße 7
A-5640 Bad Gastein

Kur- und Tourismusverband Bad Gastein
Kaiser-Franz-Josef-Straße 27
A-5640 Bad Gastein

Tel.: +43 (0)6432 3393-560
Fax: +43 (0)6432 3393-537


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