In SalzburgerLand, Upper Austria and in Tirol, special exhibitions will be devoted to the anniversary of the world-famous Christmas song starting from autumn 2018 onwards.
Salzburg is celebrating a premiere: A total of nine museums and venues are joining forces to form the decentralised provincial Exhibition “200 years Silent Night! Holy Night! – Austria’s message of peace to the world” from Michaelmas on 29 September 2018 until 3 February 2019. The museums in Arnsdorf and Oberndorf, the Salzburg Museum in the province’s capital, the Silent Night Museum Hallein, the new museum in the Pflegerschlössl in Wagrain and the Mariapfarr museum in the Lungau region show different facets of the song and its creator. Hintersee, where Joseph Mohr worked as a vicar for a decade, invites you to experience the new theme trail around the history of the place, the preservation of the creation and the sound in nature. Across the SalzburgerLand borders, Hochburg-Ach in Upper Austria, the birthplace of Franz Xaver Gruber, and Fügen are participating locations also, as the international dissipation of the song originated from the Zillertal valley.
What is special about this concept is the diversity of the participating locations – from the large Salzburg Museum to the smaller regional museums with their specific distinguishing factors. The school in Arnsdorf, for example, where Franz Xaver Gruber was a teacher and where he probably composed the melody, is by no means only a museum. It is indeed the oldest primary school building in Austria that is still in use. For the organisers, this variety of museums is a challenge and a special attraction for visitors! The exhibition and accompanying programme is created with focus on the regional identities and characteristics of each place and is in the hands of the local organisors. The Silent Night 2018 GmbH, a non-profit organization of the Province of Salzburg, is responsible for overall organisation and promotion.
You can already look forward to a wide range of experiences and impressions, a multifaceted view of the song, its origins, how it spread and its message today as well as a varied accompanying programme for the 2018 provincial exhibition!
More information and contact:
Stille Nacht 2018 GmbH
Zugallistraße 12, 5020 Salzburg
Ph. +43 662 8042 2472
200 Years Silent Night — the Sound of the Alps
Special exhibition at Fügen Castle, Tirol
Across 1,500 square metres and in more than 30 rooms, the decentralised national exhibition in Fügen’s Baroque Castle will primarily focus on the global dissemination of the Air Tirolien, the world peace song “Silent Night”, the Tirolean national singing tradition and thus the creation of the “Valley of Music” between the 18th century and today — both in in an international as well as a Tirolean context.
The exhibition’s curators are Dr Sandra Hupfauf and Martin Reiter, who also contributed most of the exhibits. The overall coordination is in the hands of Hannes Pramstraller, whilst exhibition design and construction are handled by Stefan Lechner and Tobias Reitmeir from the advertising and design agency Rosa und Leni OG in Mayrhofen. It was primarily Tirolean travelling merchants, entertainers and singing families from the Zillertal valley who carried the rather simple song “Silent Night”, countless other folk songs and alpine culture around the world, helping the Alps become and remain an unmissable travel destination to this day. This sums up the thread that connects the pieces in the exhibition. The exhibitors’ goal and motto are thus: “Immersion instead of observation!” The visitors are invited to participate and immerse themselves fully. Some of the questions are: Why are Tiroleans so funny? Who are the Tirolean national singers and what do they have to do with the famous Christmas song “Silent Night”? What about the Rainer Singers’ scandals in England and America? These and many other questions are set to be answered by the special exhibition “200 Years Silent Night — the Sound of the Alps” beginning on 30 June in Fügen Castle. If you’re inclined to do so, you may even take up some “Tramplan” dancing and yodelling lessons, enjoy a “Gstanzln” mocking song or two, put on a Tirolean hat and walk through the setting of a “Heimatfilm” or make your way through the “Hall of the Fame” of the best-known local folk music stars. You may download the info-brochure here.
Fügen Castle and the Museum at Widumspfiste in Fügen | 30 June 2018 to 3 February 2019, open Tuesday until Sunday from 1 pm to 5 pm
200 Years “Silent Night”, 135 years “Es wird scho glei dumper”: On the history of Christmas song culture in Upper Austria
On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the popular Christmas song “Silent Night” and the 135th anniversary of “Es wird scho glei dumper”, the reference to Upper Austria regarding these two internationally popular songs will be shown in the special exhibition. It also portrays well-known and less-known pastoral and nativity songs from Upper Austria. Recently produced musical examples complement the predominantly archival objects and bring the Upper Austrian song culture to the stage. In cooperation with the Upper Austrian Volksliedwerk, curated by Dr. Klaus Petermayr.
Special exhibition at the Schlossmuseum Linz: 1 December 2018 to 2 February 2019 | www.landesmuseum.at
“Silent Night! Holy Night!” – Christmas Exhibition at the Museum Innviertler Volkskundehaus in Ried
The Christmas Exhibition at the Museum Innviertler Volkskundehaus in Ried im Innkreis is dedicated to the creation story of what is likely the most famous Christmas song in the world, “Silent Night”. The centre stage is taken by the original nativity scene in front of which the song was performed for the first time 200 years ago. On the occasion of this anniversary, the nativity scene — one of the most important exhibits at the museum in Ried — is going to be fully refurbished and newly assembled. It is set to return with new splendour on 22 November 2018.
Museum Innviertler Volkskundehaus | 22 November 2018 until 2 February 2019 | www.ried.com