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Programme of Events 22 July – 31 August 2013

16.07.2013

Under the title Professional, amateur or genius? the 2013 programme of events considers one of the central themes of the Summer Academy's 60-year history: that of amateur and professional artists studying together. Oskar Kokoschka, who founded the Summer Academy in Hohensalzburg Fortress in 1953, rejected entrance requirements, insisting that anyone, without exception, should be able to study with him. The question of the relation between professional and amateur artists has remained a concern of the Summer Academy ever since.
Amateurism, amateurish methods and the procedures and aesthetic principles arising from these have been important question in art since the beginning of the Modern Movement. Today this question is more relevant than ever, now that millions of media producers upload their own films, photos and music on to the internet every day. The fascination of amateurism as a method is everywhere; at the same time, the great divide between professional and amateur artists has not diminished. One might even argue that the more amateurish the methods and the more blurred the boundaries, the more important it is for artists wishing to enter the art market to assert their professional status.

Lectures and discussions
These questions will be dealt with in the series of lectures and discussions, with German artist Stephan Dillemuth, Norwegian curator Anne Szefer Karlsen, Sebastian Cichocki, curator of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Ralph Rugoff, Director of the Hayward Gallery in London, as well as with the Lunch Talks by the teaching artists. The lecturers will seek to arrive at a definition of amateurism, presenting for discussion amateurish methods, procedures and aesthetics in art since Modernism.

Lunch Talks
Here, all the teaching artists present their current working methods at the course locations. In the ensuing discussions with a further teacher and visitors, they will take a variety of approaches to examining this year's topic.

Abendakt [Evening classes in nude drawing]
As a tribute to Oskar Kokoschka, the Summer Academy is offering an Abendakt in Hohensalzburg Fortress. Mondays to Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Summer Academy students and anyone interested are invited to take part in the course as often as they wish, under the direction of artist Katharina Karner.

Exhibitions
In exhibition spaces in Salzburg and Hallein, some of the teaching artists offer insights into their work: Hubert Scheibl in the Museum of Modern Art, Thomas Kilpper in the eboran galerie, Mara Mattuschka in the Galerie im Traklhaus, and Christoph Draeger, who is curating an exhibition in the kunstraum pro arte.

Open Days
On 9 and 30 August, the final days of courses, students will mount exhibitions of works produced during the courses, in the studios in Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Alte Saline Hallein and the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn (30 August only).

Exploring Salzburg – Walks in the city

The series "Exploring Salzburg" reveals new aspects of the city. Creative artists from Salzburg offer walks with a difference, to show what extraordinary possibilities the city offers, and the (hi)stories harboured within it.

Blogger in Residence

Ksenija Pantelic, artist, illustrator and writer from Belgrade, is the Summer Academy's first Blogger in Residence. She will update the previous years' concept of Writer/Photographer in Residence, with a personal take on the atmosphere and events at the Academy.

Publication by Jung und Jung Verlag, Salzburg and Vienna
The world's finest studio

60 years of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts

With an essay by Martin Fritz, a fictive interview with Oskar Kokoschka compiled by Hildegund Amanshauser from excerpts from letters, speeches and diaries, and contributions by Norbert Bisky, Markus Brüderlin, Ingeborg G. Pluhar, Hans Hollein, Ursula Hübner, Susi Krautgartner, Hinrich Sachs, Martina Steckholzer, Dietmar Steiner and Amelie von Wulffen.
160 pp, approx. 180 illustrations, stitched paperback, 19 x 26 cm.
German/English, price € 15.- , ISBN 978-3-99027-038-7

We will send you a review copy on request.


General information
Participation in all events except the Abendakt is free of charge. For events in the Fortress, non-residents of Salzburg pay the regular entrance fee.
You find the complete programme with details of locations and times here on our website.

Further details and photo material

Johannes Greiner presse@summeracademy.at, +43 (0) 669 19 29 25 93
Bärbel Hartje baerbel.hartje@summeracademy.at, +43 (0) 662 842 113

Press photos are available for download here on our website.

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