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2013 Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts - Résumé



This year, 21 courses lasting between one and four weeks were held in Hohensalzburg Fortress, the Alte Saline Hallein and the Kiefer quarry in Fürstenbrunn. Of some 300 participants from 44 countries, almost 60% were under 35 years of age. While the number of students this year was similar to those in the two previous years, there was one course fewer than in 2012, which means that the courses were filled closer to capacity. The international appeal of the Summer Academy is clearly demonstrated by this year's huge increase in applications for grants to 634 (2012: 480).

The Lectures and Discussions on the theme of Professional, amateur or genius? as well as alltogehter 38 events were attended by some 4,800 visitors.

60th anniversary
The Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts celebrated its 60th anniversary at a ceremony held in the TriBühne Lehen in Salzburg in the presence of Federal President Heinz Fischer, regional councillor Heinrich Schellhorn, local councillor Wolfgang Gallei (deputising for Mayor Heinz Schaden), and Hildegund Amanshauser, director of the Summer Academy. In an interview with Hannes Eichmann (Austrian Broadcasting), Martin Fritz, a curator and journalist from Vienna, presented the results of his research into the 60-year history of the Summer Academy.
A book entitled The World's Finest Studio. 60 years of the Salzburg International Summer Academy of Fine Arts, edited by Hildegund Amanshauser for the Summer Academy, was published by Jung und Jung Verlag, Salzburg and Vienna.

2013 Programme
The 2013 Course Programme, under the motto "Artist's Territory", dealt with research into the definition and interpretation  of the terrain where art is produced, presented and communicated. Participants were encouraged to discover their own artistic cosmos, and to allow themselves scope for development, expansion and remodelling. The classes directed by Nancy Adajania, Norbert Bisky, Leya Mira Brander, Tania Bruguera, Hanspeter Hofmann, Mara Mattuschka, Lucy Sarneel and Hubet Scheibl were fully booked.

The Programme of Events – themed since 2010 and free of charge to anyone interested – focused this year on the topic Professional, amateur or genius? – one of the central concerns throughout the 60-year history of the Summer Academy. Oskar Kokoschka, who founded the Summer Academy in Hohensalzburg Fortress in 1953, rejected any kind of application process, insisting that anyone, without exception, could study with him. The question of the proportion of professional and amateur artists has remained a consideration for the Summer Academy ever since. The question of mixed study groups of professional and amateur artists was discussed in the Lectures and Lunch Talks.

The Lunch Talks – in which all the teaching artists presented the whole spectrum of their work and their methods – were of a consistently high quality.

A special attraction was Thomas Kilpper's course, held in a building scheduled for demolition, close to the Alte Saline in Hallein. All the surfaces in the building were converted into printing plates for engraving, using wood, linoleum, plastic, tiles and walls. Some of the results were compiled to form huge joint works which were shown at the final exhibition in the Alte Saline in Hallein.
The classes directed by Bassam El Baroni and Nancy Adajania, dealing with curatorial studies, were extremely productive, as shown by the final exhibitions and by the feedback from the students, which this year was very positive, sometimes downright enthusiastic.
Amongst the events open to the public, the "Abendakt" [evening classes in nude drawing] taught by Katharina Karner met with a lively response. The series "Exploring Salzburg", curated by Bärbel Hartje, offered walks in the town, which were extremely popular – especially the performance given by the young writer Marko Dinic, resident in Salzburg, and the guided tour by an expert from the Salzburg dumpster-diving scene.

Notable amongst the Lectures in the Künstlerhaus was the talk given by Ralph Rugoff, director of the Hayward Gallery in London. He analysed the striking presence of amateurism in contemporary art, seeing it as a logical counter-movement to increasing hyper-professionalism. Tania Bruguera, who directed a course on "Arte Útil" (useful art), provided a commentary.

This year, for the first time, an artist was invited to write a daily Summer Academy blog. Ksenija Pantelic, an illustrator and writer from Belgrade, really captured the atmosphere amongst the students and the teachers. She attended all the events and wrote lively and varied reports in the Summer Academy blog.
Sina Moser, a Salzburg artist and film-maker, documented the Lecture and Discussion series, and three of the Lunch Talks. The videos will soon be available here on YouTube.

Preview 2014
In 2014, the Summer Academy courses will be held mainly in Hohensalzburg Fortress, with a branch in the stone quarry in Fürstenbrunn and a few "satellites" in the town – as for example a course in Public Art offered by Robert Kuśmirowski.

This summer, the certification process for the Austrian Ecolabel was completed, and we are confident that the Summer Academy will be granted the label next year. The process, which took altogether two years, included the presentation of a mission statement, available to read here.

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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