Vienna (OTS / RK) – The Jewish Museum Vienna, a museum owned by Wien Holding, opened the new exhibition “Everyone’s Jews. 100 years of the Salzburg Festival ”. The show is dedicated to a review of 100 years of the Salzburg Festival and the Jewish participation in the world’s most important festival of classical music and performing arts.
Ceremonial opening of the exhibition
Director and curator Danielle Spera welcomed the guests at yesterday’s exhibition opening: “In 1937 Max Reinhardt had left Europe forever. He wrote to the National Socialist rulers: “The decision to finally break away from the Deutsches Theater is of course not easy for me. With this possession I am not only losing the fruit of 37 years of activity, I am also losing the soil that I built all my life and in which I grew myself. I’m losing my home. “
She emphasized how Jewish protagonists had shaped the first years of the festival and, in addition to the founding fathers Max Reinhardt and Hugo von Hofmannsthal, also emphasized the participation of Berta Zuckerkandl.
The curators Marcus G. Patka and Sabine Fellner gave an overview of the exhibition in their speeches. Greetings were given by Andreas Fleischmann, Director of the Raiffeisenlandesbank NÖ-Wien AG, and Michael Spiss, Raiffeisen Capital Management.
Michael Heltau read Max Reinhardt’s memories of the Salzburg Festival.
The President of the Salzburg Festival Helga Rabl-Stadler emphasized in her solemn greetings at the opening: “The Salzburg Festival would like to thank the Jewish Museum Vienna for the important contribution that it has made through the exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary. The Salzburg Festival owes its existence to Hugo von Hofmannsthal and Max Reinhardt and their conviction of the power of art. ”
Federal Minister Karoline Edstadler gave the opening speech: “The Salzburg Festival has written itself deeply into the DNA of the people of Salzburg. The fact that the Salzburg Festival was founded by Jewish Austrians was swept under the carpet for a long time – like so much in connection with Austria’s Nazi past. I am pleased that this exhibition once again shows how strongly Jewish life has influenced Austrian history and our identity. I would like to thank everyone involved for their commitment. ”
Numerous opening guests
The guests present, including Israeli ambassador Mordechai Rodgold, Russian cultural attaché Ageev Nikolaj, chargé d’affaires of the American embassy Mario Mesquita, cathedral pastor Toni Faber, Ewald Nowotny Cordula Reyer and Maria Rauch-Kallat were enthusiastic about the extensive exhibition in the Dorotheergasse Museum.
ORF TVthek media archive Judaism
On the occasion of the opening of the exhibition, the deputy. ORF director for technology, online and new media, Thomas Prantner, the “ORF-TVthek-Medienarchiv Judentum”: “The ‘Medienarchiv Judentum’, launched on religion.ORF.at and later integrated into ORF-TVthek, was the very first Contemporary and cultural-historical video archive and has been continuously expanded with TV reports and documentaries in excellent cooperation between ORF and the Jewish Museum Vienna. I would particularly like to thank Director Danielle Spera and her dedicated team for this. Today the ‘Media Archive Judaism’ offers a comprehensive audiovisual overview of the Jewish religion and Jewish life, deals with the horrors of the Holocaust and anti-Semitism and portrays famous personalities such as David Ben-Gurion or Teddy Kollek. ”
The city to the stage
100 years ago the theater producer and visionary Max Reinhardt implemented his vision for Salzburg together with the writer Hugo von Hofmannsthal. They declared the city to be a stage, included the Domplatz as a backdrop for “Jedermann” and catapulted Salzburg from provinciality into the international cultural scene. After the first performance took place on August 22, 1920, Salzburg became the epitome of innovative theater on open-air stages, music in absolute perfection and dance as an expression of the avant-garde. Jewish artists like the conductor Bruno Walter, the opera director Lothar Wallerstein or the dancers Margarethe Wallmann and Tilly Losch played a key role in the success. When the Nazi regime came to power in 1938, the situation changed suddenly: the Jewish artists were banned and expelled. Conductors like Wilhelm Furtwängler and Karl Böhm took over. Those who profited from the Nazi era were only banned for a short time after 1945, after which they returned to the stage as acclaimed stars. The celebrated “theater magician” Max Reinhardt died lonely in exile in the USA. Today it is important to bring him and the many other Jewish protagonists of the Salzburg Festival back to the curtain.
The exhibition can be seen until November 21, 2021
“Everyone’s Jews. 100 Years of the Salzburg Festival ”can be seen from July 14, 2021 to November 21, 2021 at the Jewish Museum Vienna, a museum owned by Wien Holding. A catalog for the exhibition, curated by Marcus G. Patka and Sabine Fellner and designed by Fuhrer, Vienna, will be published by Residenz Verlag at a price of € 29.90. The Jewish Museum Vienna, Dorotheergasse 11, 1010 Vienna, is open from Sunday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The second location, Museum Judenplatz, Judenplatz 8, 1010 Vienna, is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (winter time) and 5 p.m. (summer time).
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