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If you're planning your trip to Salzburg this Summer, make sure you schedule in a visit to the Salzburg Museum. Full of some of the finest paintings in the world, Salzburg Museum will be holding a special exhibition called “Modern Artists Rediscovered" which explored the works of Austrian painters between 1910 and 1945. The collection will include work from the Gerhard Schneider Collection and a whole generation of German and Austrian painters who were marginalized before, during and after the Nazi regime in Germany.

This exhibition will be held in the “Kunsthalle", a room which is opened up every year to three very special art collections. some of which are devoted to individual artists who have a special relationship to Salzburg, others may address special themes relating to art history or general history, with “Modern Artists Rediscovered" applying to both. The museum is located in central Salburg, and is easily accessible from your Salzburg hotel or Salzburg apartment.

Modern Artists Rediscovered deals with the issue of the arrival of the Nazi's and what this did to the artistic world. It is fair to say that in January 1933, Germany and Austria were thrown into some of the darkest chapters in history and one of the most depressing for art. The “enemy number one" of the Nazi regime soon crystallized: Jewry, and all those who had a different political point of view. In painting, the movement mostly castigated as “entartet" - degenerate - was expressionism, because of its unconventional language of forms.

This exhibition is showing around 100 works by artists who were ostracized, persecuted and suppressed by the National Socialist regime. Tragically, even after 1945, most of them did not receive the attention they had been denied for so long, since interest was limited to names that had become famous before the dictatorship.

The German collector Gerhard Schneider was one of the first to bring attention to this omission. The selection is being shown with a view to the remembrance year of 2008 and aims to throw light on the overwhelming artistic abundance and quality that the National Socialists tried to wipe out and which have remained unknown till the present day.

If you are staying in convenient central Salzburg accommodation, another thing not to be missed whilst holidaying is a tour of the famous “Glockenspiel", located under the tower helm on the west side of the Neue Residenz. It plays its usually well-known melodies daily at 7 and 11 am and 6 pm, for the enjoyment of both residents and tourists. The Glockenspiel has been playing music since 1704, by now around 40 pieces, of which 16 are ascribed to Johann Michael Haydn. The music pieces by the Mozarts, father and son, are adaptations from the nineteenth century. The Carillon tour including a trip up the tower, takes place from March to October every Thursday at 5.30 pm and Friday at 10.30 am.

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