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Austria

Austria

From north to south
 
Schlägl-Aigen:
- Collection of the monastery of Schlägl with paintings from the Gothic era to the 20th century, library with many manuscripts, textiles and liturgical objects from the 15th century. With exhibitions.
                                                            
Altenburg:                                                                                                                                                     
- Artworks in the monastery of Altenburg from the 12th century and on. Manuscripts, paintings, sculptures and liturgical objects. Also exhibitions.
 
Furth:                                                                                                                                                    
- Graphic collection and art collection of the monastery of Göttweig. Many manuscripts and prints, treasury, textiles, weapons and coins. Also exhibitions.
 
Heiligenkreuz:                                                                                                                                     
- Art collection of the monastery of Heiligenkreuz.
 
Herzogenburg:                                                                                                                                
- Art collection of the monastery of Herzogenburg.
 
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.  
- 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                            
 -Treasury of the Deutschen Orden (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.
- Rosenkranzkirche in Hetzendorf, Vienna: three altar paintings on parchment, the cycle of the Mysteries of the Holy Rosary (1958-61), by Ernst Fuchs. Surrealistic work of sacred art.           
- 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.
- Leopold Museum, Museumsplatz 1, Vienna has the most important collection of Austrian art. With Egon Schiele, Gustav Klimt, Oskar Kokoschka en Albin Egger-Lienz. www.leopoldmuseum.org
- Albertina, Albertinaplatz 1, Vienna. Ca. 50.000 drawings and more than a million prints, e.g. works by Michelangelo, Dürer and Warhol. www.albertina.at
- Österreichische Galerie Belvedere, Vienna. Austria’s most important collection of medieval art, impressionism, realism and 20th and 21st-century art. www.belvedere.at
- MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst), Museums Quartier, Museumsplatz 1, Vienna with ca. 7.000 modern works. From Oskar Kokoschka to Hermann Nitsch. www.mumok.at
 
Baden:
- Arnulf Rainer Museum, Josefsplatz 5, Baden (near Vienna). www.arnulf-rainer-museum.at
 
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 sculpures from the Middle Ages till now. Objects of bronze and ivory.
 
Melk:                                                                                                                                                        
- Museum of the monastery of Melk, Dietmayrstraße 1. Illusionistic ceiling painting of the Marble Hall by the Baroque Austrian painter Paul Troger (1698-1762).
                                                                                                                                                            
St. Pölten:    
- Diocesal museum St. Pölten. Founded in 1888, situated close to the Dom. With paintings and sculptures from the Middle Ages till the Baroque. With two libraries.
 
Mariazell:                                                                                                                                                    
- Basilika Mariazell. Treasury with 3200 gifts by pilgrims. With relics, textiles and contemporary art.
 
Linz:                                                                                                                                                      
- Diocesal museum, Petrinumstraße 12, Linz.
 
Seitenstetten:                                                                                                                                     
- Art collection of the Benediktine 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.
 
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.
 
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
 
Mattsee:                                                                                                                                                                                          
- Museum of the monastery of Mattsee with sacred art, historical library and paintings. With exhibitions.
 
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. Open: Monday - Saturday:10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sunday and feast days: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. www.kirchen.net/dommuseum                                                                       
- 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 
 
Zillertal:
- Cappella Granato by Mario Botta, Penkenjoch, Zillertal.
 
 
Eisenstadt:                                                                                                                                              
- Diocesal Museum Eisenstadt in the Franciscan monastery. Old and modern Christian art.
 
Admont:
- Museum for old and contemporary art, Benedictine monastery AdmontOpen: April - October: Tuesday – Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.stiftadmont.at
 
St. Lambrecht:                                        
- Art collection of the monastery of St. Lambrecht. Also regular expositions. www.stift-stlambrecht.at
 
Rattenberg:                                                                                                                                              
- Augustinian Museum, Pfarrgasse 8, Rattenberg.
 
Rein:
- Stift Rein, the oldesr Cistercian monastery in the world (1129), is worth a visit and also has regular exhibitions. www.stift-rein.at
 
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. Open: Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday till 9 p.m.
- 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
- 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.
- 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 
 
Weiz:
In Weiz a "spiritual road" has been put together that brings together church art and secular art in seven ‘places of observation’. Starts in the Taborkirche, crosses the town and ends in the Baroque  Wallfahrtskirche in Weizberg. With an altar by Walter Kratner in the Taborkirche; paintings by Hannes Schwarz in the Altes Rathaus, an altar by Hubert Schmalix in the Wahlfahrtskirche in Weizberg and in the Emanuelkapelle of this same church an altar by Hannes Schwarz.
 
Brixen/Bressanone:
- Diocesal Museum Hofburg, Hofburgplatz 2, Brixen. Open: March 15 – October 31, Tuesday to Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. www.dioezesanmuseum.bz.it 
- Cathedral with an Adoration of the Lamb fresco by Paul Troger.
(Brixen lies in the middle of South-Tirol, but it is an autonomous province that belongs to Italy.)
 
St. Paul im Laventtal:
- Art collection of the Benediktine monastery of St. Paul.
 
Klagenfurt:                                                                                                                                           
- Diocesal Museum, Mariannengasse 2, Klagenfurt.
- In the St. Egid Church murals about the Apocalypse from 1990 and later by Ernst Fuchs, one of the most important representatives of surrealism in Austria.