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Animitas from Christian Boltanski in the Sculpture park in Hellbrunn | © Stefan Zauner

Hellbrunn Sculpture Park

Since 2018, the park grounds of Hellbrunn Palace have also provided a stage for encounters between nature and art. From July 2019 until September 2020, French artist Christian Boltanski will now be conjuring up a gentle background soundtrack for the palace grounds in the form of his installation “Animitas”

2019 - Christian Boltanski / Animitas – 120 small bells chiming for eternity

Exhibition duration: July 2019 – September 2020
The gentle play of the wind amid the 120 Japanese chimes, each individually attached to spindly sticks, will bring a shimmering musical accompaniment to the grounds of Hellbrunn. The installation concept behind “Animitas” has already been seen in Chile back in 2014, in Japan in 2016, and close to the Dead Sea in 2017. Until now, these bell projects have been destroyed upon conclusion of the exhibitions. However, the Salzburg version will be preserved for the foreseeable future, and, after its premiere in Hellbrunn, will appear at other locations.

The artist Christian Boltanski
“Animitas” is actually the Frenchman’s second artistic intervention in Salzburg. Since 2009, his “Vanitas” in the crypt of Salzburg Cathedral and part of the “Walk of Modern Art” has enthralled visitors. Christian Boltanski’s works revolve around transience, time and remembrance – impressively communicated in both of these artworks.

2018 - Enrique Asensi

Exhibition duration: 28th June 2018 – 15th October 2018

The work of Spanish sculptor Enrique Asensi combines two classic materials, steel and stone. Variously coloured granite, dolomite, limestone and alabaster contrasts well with corten steel. Asensi demonstrates the relationship between the flatness of the steel with reliefs hewn into the stone. Moreover, as well as the overall aesthetics of the sculptures, the qualities of the colours of steel and stone are shown to unite harmoniously. A closer look reveals even greater detail: perspectives, cuts, curves and layers.

About the artist Enrique Asensi

Enrique Asensi was born in Valencia in 1950. He studied architecture and philosophy at the Universidad Politécnica in Valencia, and at the Académia de Bellas Artes de San Carlos, also in Valencia. The artist now lives and works near Cologne and in Barcelona.

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