T+L Reports: Museum der Modernet
Published: April 2009
In Salzburg, modern art has a sparkling new pink-marble palace to call home. Through an entrance just steps from the Festspielhaus, an elevator inside the steep cliff of the Mönchsberg propels visitors 200 feet up into the Friedrich Hoff Zwink-designed Museum der Moderne. Inside, walls of polished concrete and glass form the background for director Agnes Husslein-Arco's debut show, "A Collection's Vision." The opening exhibition highlights all the big names in Austrian art: Jugendstil hero Gustav Klimt; Expressionist Oskar Kokoschka; contemporary luminaries such as Valie Export; and rising stars like Hubert Schmalix. To complement the impressive array of works, Matteo Thun has created an haute-minimalist restaurant, M32, where celebrated chef Sepp Schellhorn serves up light Austrian dishes with a Mediterranean twist. The restaurant's oversized windows display another perfectly composed image—the city's Baroque Old Town, a World Heritage site. Museum der Moderne, 32 Mönchsberg; 43-662/8422-20401; www.museumdermoderne.at; dinner for two $108.