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.
Cross provincial national exhibition
Nine different museums and towns are joining forces for the national exhibition “200 Years Silent Night — Austria’s Peace Message to the World” from 29 September 2018 to 3 February 2019. The museums in Arnsdorf and Oberndorf, the Salzburg Museum in the provincial capital, the Silent Night Museum in Hallein, the new museum at the Pflegerschlössl in Wagrain, as well as the Museum of Mariapfarr in the Lungau region will present the famous Christmas song and its creators from a variety of different perspectives. Hintersee, where for a decade Joseph Mohr was active as a parish vicar, invites visitors to experience the new theme trail revolving around the town’s history, the conservation of creation and the soundscape of nature. Beyond Salzburg’s provincial borders, the national exhibition is also joined by Hochburg-Ach in Upper Austria, Franz Xaver Gruber’s place of birth, as well as Fügen, for the international dissemination of Silent Night began here in the Zillertal Valley. Here you can find all the relevant information on the nine exhibition locations.
The cross-provincial integration of the nine Silent Night Locations in Salzburg, Upper Austria and Tirol increases the media’s attention on the individual locations and far beyond the borders of any single province. The focus is directed at raising awareness about and increasing identification between the creation story of Silent Night and the three provinces from “the Innviertel region to Salzburg and all the way to the Zillertal Valley”, as well as the mapping of Franz Xaver Gruber’s and Joseph Mohr’s life stages. In order to make the national exhibition also available in digital form, a “Silent Night” museum app has been created and is aimed at bringing the subject closer to users in a playful manner. Internationally, the national exhibition is setting a strong touristic impulse so that the theme can be established across the three provinces in the long-term.
The national exhibition launches on 29 September 2018 at all participating museums. The exhibition’s official opening ceremony will take place at 14:00 in Hallein, where, at the same time, the completely revamped Silent Night Museum will open its doors to the public. A family-oriented worship service is set to take place in Arnsdorf on Sunday, 30 September 2018.
To conclude the opening weekend, there will be a detailed press briefing in September 2018.
Due to the forthcoming anniversary, two of the participating museums have already been completely renovated with support from the Province of Salzburg, whilst two additional museums are currently being revamped, likewise supported by the Province of Salzburg: The Silent Night Museum in Oberndorf already reopened in December 2016, whilst the Silent Night Museum at the Pflegerschlössl in Wagrain has been open to the public since December 2017. In addition to existing permanent exhibitions, both establishments, exemplary of a new era in terms of the design of regional museums, are each putting a special exhibition on display. Oberndorf employs both texts and tunes to engage with the historical context of the years 1818, 1918 and 2018. Wagrain, on the other hand, provides insight into the Christmas culinary traditions of various countries around the world.
Likewise, the Silent Night Museum Hallein is currently being completely revamped and will open its doors in September 2018: Here, everything will revolve around Franz Xaver Gruber’s life and work in the little salt mine town, as well as his cultural legacy. Hallein is in the fortunate position to possess the three autographs, the authentic documentation, Gruber’s diary, letters and portraits, as well as Joseph Mohr’s guitar.
Similarly, it is currently the craftsmen who are running the show in Mariapfarr. The regional museum is set to be completely redesigned and expanded before it opens on 29 September 2018. Its focus lies on the pilgrimaging tradition in Mariapfarr, whilst, at the same time, taking a look at pilgrimaging in other cultures and religions, as well as at the topic of peace. This includes a presentation of the various stages in the life of Joseph Mohr, who wrote the original “Silent Night” poem in Mariapfarr in 1816.
The Salzburg Museum, on the other hand, is currently preparing a special exhibition, which will engage the history, message and the present circumstances of the song in six different parts, corresponding to the six different verses of “Silent Night”.
Fügen in the Tirolean Zillertal Valley, where the international dissemination of the song began, is using the occasion of the anniversary for a large special exhibition at Fügen Castle and the Local Museum Fügen. Under the title “The Sounds of the Alps”, the two establishments are taking a close look at the history of the Tirolean national singers and the development of the “Valley of Music” — from the 18th century to today.
In Hintersee, where Joseph Mohr lived between 1827 and 1837, works are underway on the Joseph Mohr Memorial Path. Starting at the Joseph Mohr Memorial Chapel built in 2016, memorial plaques remind of Mohr’s time in Hintersee. Art and sound installations amid the natural world invite visitors to dwell a little longer.
Arnsdorf, on the other hand, focuses on engaging educational programmes about everyday school life in the 19th century and is collaborating with Theater Holzhausen to create a theatrical educational project for young people.
Hochburg-Ach, Franz Xaver Gruber’s place of birth, tells the story of the weaver’s son’s early years and his musical training and is linked to the national exhibition through the opening times and event programme of the Franz Xaver Gruber Memorial House.
Complementing the exhibitions, all museums are currently working on educational programmes for schools and adults alike, which are going to be presented separately.
The national exhibition’s thematic representation is a ten-pointed star on a magenta-coloured foundation, folded from the song’s sheet music. The star is also the advertising campaign’s central symbol and its nine points represent the nine participating locations. The logo will begin to promote the national exhibition on posters and banners, in print products and through media collaborations across the Province of Salzburg and in the bordering regions beginning in the late summer of 2018.
Starting in September 2018, there will be a joint One4all ticket (1 ticket — 9 destinations) for all Silent Night museums priced at €18 (concessional €12 for pupils, students, seniors, people with disabilities). This also includes a SVV ticket, valid for one day of choice for the use of public transport (e.g. local train to Oberndorf and Arnsdorf; train to Hallein or bus across the whole province). At the same time, each museum is offering individual tickets at their own prices.
The national exhibition’s website is currently being built and expanded at www.landesausstellung2018.at. There, you will soon be able to find all the relevant information on the museums, the educational programmes as well as on the accompanying framework programme.
For any and all requests regarding the national exhibition, an information hotline is being set up under the number +43 662 8042 2018, which is going to be operated by the Stille Nacht 2018 GmbH.
Currently, a museum app with the title “Paths to the Silent Night” is being prepared, which will tell the stories revolving around the Christmas song and its two creators Joseph Mohr and Franz Xaver Gruber in a both playful as well contemporary format, taking full advantage of the medium.
Using the app, users will be able to “collect” all the six original verses of the song in order to be awaited by a small reward by the end. On top of that, people will be able to share their very own, personal peace message with others. In this way, young people, as well as locals and tourists, will be encouraged to explore the national exhibition’s museums with their various presentations and exhibits.
The mobile app, which will become available for download on the app stores or via QR code at the museums in July 2018, is being developed under the creative control of SalzburgerLand Tourismus GmbH in collaboration with the Stille Nacht 2018 GmbH and ARGE Stille Nacht.
To complement the national exhibition, Stille Nacht 2018 GmbH is also supporting three flagship projects centred around the subject of peace. “The anniversary year should not be limited to just remembering a Christmas song. It is much rather an occasion for reflection on what peace is all about, how much we take the prevailing peace in our country for granted and to what extent conflict shapes global affairs”, emphasises general manager Paul Estrela.
The Friedensbüro Salzburg, the Robert Jungk-Bibliothek für Zukunftsfragen and the Plattform Menschenrechte Salzburg are coordinating various approaches and preparing them for different target groups. Reflection, education and awareness-raising will all flow together in these projects. The Robert Jungk-Bibliothek für Zukunftsfragen will reflect on the link between globalisation and international friendship at an international conference on the “Future of Intercultural Understanding” in collaboration with the Austrian Human Rights Institute. The conference takes place in November 2018, the exact date is still to be announced. The Plattform Menschenrechte Salzburg will place regional human rights work, awareness raising and activism in the foreground as part of the project “Human Rights for an Open and Diverse Society”. Employing workshops, presentations, as well as a publication, they seek to make the case for regional human rights work.
The Friedensbüro Salzburg is dedicated to exploring the culture(s) of peace by taking a holistic look at the relevant harmony and/or conflict zones: In the project “WhyWar.at”, pupils are encouraged to contextually and artistically engage with the question: “What does war have to do with me?” In the form of workshops, a planning game and various artistic projects, classes will grapple with the subject of the Syrian Civil War. During an international conference from 15 to 17 October 2018 in St. Virgil, “Culture(s) of Peace” will be explored in light of various zones of harmony as well as conflict.
The main opening times of the exhibitions are from Tuesday to Sunday from 14:00 to 17:00.
Individual tickets can be purchased at each museum. A One4all combo ticket priced at € 18 that gives visitors the chance to visit all nine museums can be purchased on-site at the museums or with Stille Nacht 2018 GmbH (concession for pupils, students, seniors, people with special needs: € 12). The ticket provides one-time access to all Silent Night museums in the nine national exhibition locations, including public transportation in Salzburg (24h ticket) and is valid in all zones during one day of choice.
Look forward to exciting experiences and impressions, a multifaceted look at the song, its creation, dissemination and its message today, as well as to a varied supporting programme for the national exhibition 2018.
The Stille Nacht 2018 GmbH is the organiser of the national exhibition, leads the organisational coordination between the partner museums and finances the national exhibition’s umbrella marketing campaign.
Information and enquiries:
Stille Nacht 2018 GmbH
Phone: +43 (0) 662 8042 2018
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