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The Holy Spirit speaks many languages; among them the languages of art in all its forms. Frank Tracy Griswold

Christianity and Art

Austria

AUSTRIA

ORGANIZATIONS AND WEBSITES
 
Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Philosophie Katholisch-theologische Privatuniversität Linz Österreich Diözesan-Kunstverein Linz. www.ktu-linz.ac.at/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=435&Itemid=589 (D)
 
JesuitenFoyer, Bäckerstrasse 18, Wien. Offers exhibitions and lectures, aiming to be a forum for open dialogue between contemporary art and the church. http://www.jesuitenwien1.at/ (D)
 
Österreichische Gesellschaft für Christliche Kunst, c/o Kreuzherrengasse 1A, Wien. For artists, church representatives and art lovers. Aims to bring art and religion in a fruitful dialogue. Sacred art as the visual message of religion.
 
St. Virgil, Ernst-Grein-Straße 14, Salzburg,a Catholic conference and educational centre that places a lot of emphasis on the dialogue between the church and contemporary art. With an exhibition space and an artist in residence program. www.virgil.at (E,D)
 
 
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
 
Katholisch-theologischen Privatuniversität Linz, Institut für Kunstwissenschaft und Philosophie. Interdisciplinary program that combines art history, theology and philosophy. www.ktu-linz.ac.at/cms/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=435&Itemid=589 (D)
 
Karl Franzens Universität Graz,Institut für Liturgiewissenschaft, Christliche Kunst und Hymnologie. www-theol.uni-graz.at/cms/ziel/35287/DE (D)
 
Österreichisches Liturgisches Institut, Salzburg. Offer a course to improve the understanding of the Catholic liturgy. www.liturgie.at (D)
 
St. Virgil, Ernst-Grein-Straße 14, Salzburg, a Catholic conference and educational centre that places a lot of emphasis on the dialogue between the church and contemporary art. With an exhibition space and an artist in residence program. www.virgil.at (E, D)
 
Universität Wien, Institut für Kirchengeschichte. Johannes Rauchenberger teaches Art and Religion.
 
 
GALLERIES
 
Graz: 
- Minoriten Galerien, Mariahilferplatz 3, Graz. Die Minoriten Galerien Graz show contemporary art, international, with a focus on religion and spirituality. Under the leadership of Johannes Rauchenberger several big international exhibitions were realised. http://alt.kultum.at/galerien/Galerien1.htm (D)
- Artetage, Galerie der katholischen Aktion, im 3. Stock des Bischofhofs, Graz. Exhibits contemporary art where chuch and art meet, organizes art discussions and meetings with/of artists. www.katholische-kirche-steiermark.at/dioezese/katholische-aktion/artetage-galerie-der-katholischen-aktion#.UcG36BjCS-Z
- KHG-Galerie, Leechgasse 24, Graz and Hortus Leech, Zinzendorfgasse 3, Graz. The gallery offers exhibition space especially to young artists. Open: Mo – S0 10:00 - 17:00. khg.graz-seckau.at/galerie

 
Salzburg:
- St. Virgil, Ernst-Grein-Straße 14, Salzburg, a Catholic conference and educational centre that places a lot of emphasis on the dialogue between the church and contemporary art. They have an exhibition space and an artist in residence program. The Emmaus chapel has a large mural by Josef Mikl. www.virgil.at (D, E)
 
Schlierbach:
- Margret-Bilger-Galerie of the Cistercian monastery of Schlierbach. There is also a glass studio here. http://www.ooemuseumsverbund.at/museum/157_stift_schlierbach (D)
 
Vienna:
- Das JesuitenFoyer in the city centre (Bäckerstrasse 18) was made in 1999 into an exhibition and conference space to provide for an open dialogue between contemporary art and the church. www.jesuitenwien1.at (D)
 
 
MUSEUMS
 
Admont:
- Museum for old and contemporary art, Benedictine monastery Admont, www.stiftadmont.at (D, E)
 
Altenburg:
- Artworks in the monastery of Altenburg from the 12th century and on. Manuscripts, paintings, sculptures and liturgical objects. Also exhibitions.
 
Brixen/Bressanone:
- Diocesal Museum Hofburg, Hofburgplatz 2, Brixen, www.dioezesanmuseum.bz.it (D, It)
(Brixen lies in the middle of South-Tirol, but it is an autonomous province that belongs to Italy)
 
Eisenstadt:
- Diocesal museum Eisenstadt in the Franciscan monastery. Old and modern Christian art.
 
Furth:
- Graphic collection and art collection of the monastery of Göttweig. Many manuscripts and prints, treasury, textiles, weapons and coins. Also exhibitions.
 
Graz:
- Diocesal Museum, Mariahilferplatz 3, Graz. With art and objects from the churches of Styria from the Middle Ages to the Baroque, but also 19th-century and contemporary works. With exhibitions. http://www.katholische-kirche-steiermark.at/kunst-kultur/dioezesanmuseum (D)
- Minoriten Galerien, Mariahilferplatz 3, Graz. The Minoriten Galerien Graz show contemporary art, international, with a focus on religion and spirituality. Under the leadership of Johannes Rauchenberger several big international exhibitions were realised. http://alt.kultum.at/galerien/Galerien1.htm (D)
 
Heiligenkreuz:
- Art collection of the monastery of Heiligenkreuz.
 
Herzogenburg:
- Art collection of the monastery of Herzogenburg.
 
Klagenfurt:
- Diocesal museum, Mariannengasse 2, Klagenfurt.
 
Klosterneuburg:
- Museum of the monastery of Klosterneuburg. This Augustinian monastery is one of the most important historical sites close to Vienna. With an altar by Nicolas of Verdun. Paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages till now. Objects of bronze and ivory.
 
Kremsmünster:
- Art collection of the Benedictine monastery of Kremsmünster in the monastery.
 
Lambach:
- Benedictine monastery of Lambach with a collection of manuscripts, paintings and a large collection of graphic art. With exhibitions.
 
Linz:
- Diocesal museum, Petrinumstraße 12, Linz.
 
Mariazell:
- Basilika Mariazell. Treasury with 3200 gifts by pilgrims. With relics, textiles and contemporary art.
 
Mattsee:
- Museum of the monastery of Mattsee with sacred art, historical library and paintings. With exhibitions.
 
Melk:
- Museum of the monastery of Melk, Dietmayrstraße 1.
 
Rattenberg:
- Augustinian Museum, Pfarrgasse 8, Rattenberg.
 
Rein:
- Stift Rein, the oldest Cistercian monastery in the world (1129), has regular exhibitions. www.stift-rein.at
 
Salzburg:
- Cathedral Museum, Domplatz, Salzburg. The Salzburg Cathedral Museum is devoted to the art and the culture of one of the oldest Archbishoprics in German-speaking territories. The exhibition rooms in the upper story of the Cathedral, the so-called oratories, are well worth seeing even by themselves. The Cathedral Museum is also the Museum of the Archdiocese and displays valuable sacral works of art from various Salzburg parishes. www.kirchen.net/dommuseum (D, E)
 
Schlägl-Aigen:
- Collection of the monastery of Schlägl with paintings from the Gothic era till the 20th century, library with many manuscripts, textiles and liturgical objects from the 15th century. With exhibitions.
 
Schlierbach:
Margret-Bilger-Galerie of the Cistercian monastery of Schlierbach. There is also a glass studio here. http://www.ooemuseumsverbund.at/museum/157_stift_schlierbach (D)
 
Seitenstetten:
- Art collection of the Benedictine monastery of Seitenstetten.
 
St. Florian:
- Augustinian monastery St. Florian with a rich collection of paintings with Works by Altdorfer and Lucas Cranach, many works from the Baroque and by the Austrian artist Hans Fronius (1903 - 1988). With exhibitions. www.stift-st-florian.at/en.html (D, E)
 
St. Lambrecht:
- Art collection of the monastery of St. Lambrecht.
 
St. Paul im Lavanttal:
- Art collection of the Benediktine monastery of St. Paul.
 
St. Pölten:
- Diocesal museum St. Pölten. Founded in 1888, situated close to the Dom. With paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages to 18th century. With two libraries.
 
Vienna:
- Dommuseum Stephansdom, founded in 1933, is considered to be one of best museums of Vienna. Covers 1000 years of Christian art, from the Stephansdom and the rest of Austria. Paintings, sculptures, windows, reliquaries, and gold and silver objects. Due to the collector’s work of Monsignore Otto Mauer (1907 – 1973) the 20th century is also well represented. Between others works by Alfred Kubin and Hans Fronius, but also by Arnulf Rainer and Josef Mikl.
-Treasury of the German Order (order of crusaders). This treasury, close to the Stephansdom, is one of the oldest art collections in Vienna. From Gothic art to the 20th century. Also coins and weapons.
- Ernst Fuchs Museum. In 1972 the catholic Austrian artist Ernst Fuchs, acquired the derelict Otto Wagner Villa in Hütteldorf (Vienna), which he restored and transformed. The villa was inaugurated as the in 1988.