"A.E.I.O.U.", Anselm Kiefer
1st art project Salzburg Walk of Modern Art - Würth Collection: Anselm Kiefer, "A.E.I.O.U." (2002)
in Wilhelm-Furtwängler-Garten, opposite the Festival Halls
"A.E.I.O.U." is a walk-in art installation containing several items that relate to one another - a wall inscription, a large-format painting referring to a poem by Ingeborg Bachmann and a shelf holding sixty volumes of books made of lead.
Here is how the artist explains his work: "I imagined the space to be in a kind of 'Sleeping Beauty' slumber and that every viewer can awaken the work back to life …" The vowel sequence, A.E.I.O.U., in the title was a symbolic device used by Emperor Friedrich III. in reference to his secret imperialistic plans of 'Austria Est Imperare Orbi Universo'. To date, the device has prompted over 300 different interpretations. Now the viewers are invited to make their own contributions.