Special exhibitions

Gothic Treasures – The Vogl-Reitter Foundation

From 24 June 2022

Celebrating the thirty-year anniversary of the Museum of Mining and Gothic Art Leogang we proudly present the collection of the Vogl-Reitter Foundation from Kitzbuhel. It comprises outstanding Gothic art including fifty panel paintings, sculptures, reliefs and furniture. Selected loan objects from the Belvedere Museum Vienna, the Christian Museum Esztergom and the Diocesan Museum Bamberg add to this special exhibition which exemplifies the museum’s mission to preserve, recover and reunify cultural assets from Salzburg.

Maria Vogl (1864-1950), the wife of a pharmacist in Kitzbuhel, was passionate about Gothic art and collected Gothic treasures in the region surrounding her hometown. She acquired sensational treasures like the centrepiece of the Stäber Altar, originating from St. Margaret’s Chapel in Saint Peter’s Cemetery in Salzburg, as well as a panel painting from the Church of Maria Alm, a famous Catholic pilgrimage site close to Leogang. The museum is indebted to the heirs of the knowledgeable art collector for donating the Vogl-Reitter Collection to the Museum of Mining and Gothic Art Leogang.

Special exhibitions

Box Thalers – History in Coins

From 7 June 2022

290 years after the Salzburg Expulsion, the Museum of Mining and Gothic Art Leogang commemorates this religious deportation and presents the special exhibition “History in Coins.” The exhibition highlights baroque box talers (“shraubthalers”) depicting the expulsion of the Protestant community from the Archbishopric of Salzburg from 1731 to 1733. The exhibition features outstanding box thalers from the Collection Bankhaus Spaengler.

Images of refugees have been moving us for the past few years. 290 years ago, refugees from Salzburg triggered protests in Europe. More than 20.000 Protestants, back then one sixth of Salzburg’s total population, were expelled from their homeland on the basis of their religious conviction. They travelled the length of Germany in groups of several hundred, an uncertain future lying ahead of them. Most of the exiles settled in East Prussia from which their descendants would have to emigrate at the end of World War Two. Next to graphic printing and book printing it is numismatic art that preserves the history of the Salzburg Expulsion.

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Ecclesiastical Treasury of Salzburg

From 12 June 2021

In the Middle Ages, Salzburg was one of the four most important European principalities as regards religion, culture, economy and politics. Archbishops, abbots and abbesses commissioned the best artisans to create art from exquisite materials for the Salzburg Cathedral, the abbeys and their treasuries.

The highlight of this exhibition is a Virgin and Child from Salzburg, about 1400. It is 14 cm high and made of boxwood. Today, the statue’s charm lies in its exquisite woodcarving, but originally it was painted in precious gold with blue mantle lapels. Many thanks to the donor, a close friend of the Museum of Mining and Gothic Art, and to all lenders of the exhibition “Ecclesiastical Treasury of Salzburg”.

The precious objects of this exhibition visualize the significance of the Archbishopric of Salzburg in the Middle Ages. There is no labelling in this exhibition in order to emphasize the uniqueness, exceptional quality and sanctity of the exhibits. The motto is see and be amazed.

Special exhibitions

Nora von Watteck’s Cabinet of Curiosities

From 27 May 2021

In Renaissance and Baroque Europe, many rich princes had representative cabinets of curiosities. They were supposed to demonstrate the owner’s wealth, artistic understanding and zeitgeisty spiritual level.

Nora von Watteck was Salzburg’s most prominent folklorist. Her interest in art history was fostered early on by her grandfather, an antique dealer who had a cabinet of curiosities of his own.

Nora von Watteck started to add to her grandfather’s cabinet of curiosities located in the Brodgasse Alley in Salzburg. After Nora von Watteck’s death in 1993, her son Arno replenished the collection und organised it.

Thanks to close ties between Arno von Watteck and museum director Hermann Mayrhofer, this cabinet of curiosities now forms part of the Museum of Mining and Gothic Art Leogang. The exhibition aims at preserving the memory of Nora von Watteck as well as the outstanding collection, making it accessible to the public.

Special exhibitions