A life for art. Collecting art, communicating art. That is Josef and Irene Schütz's great passion. More than 25 years ago, the successful building contractor Josef Schütz turned his passion into a profession, founded galleries in Linz and Vienna and is now crowning his art activities with the construction of a museum in Engelhartszell on the Danube that is unique in every respect. Whether art experts, art lovers or those still looking for something, everyone will feel completely at home, because this house, which will be officially opened on November 21, 2021, was built for people.

At the heart of the collection is Classical Modernist fine art from Austria, framed by other works from the 19th and 20th centuries up to the present day. These include artists such as Klimt, Schiele, Kokoschka, Waldmüller, Schindler, Wisinger-Florian, Moll, Eisenschitz, Moser, Dobrowsky, Walde, Egger-Lienz, Pauser, Kubin, Oppenheimer, Kolig, Hundertwasser, Blau, von Zülow, Boeckl, Birkle and others. They form the permanent exhibition and are supplemented by three special exhibitions per year with works from private collections. Drawings and sculptures will also be on display, and international artists in residence will be on show in their temporary studios.

Schütz Art Museum, Photo: Kurt Hoerbst

Schütz Art Museum, Photo: Kurt Hoerbst

The SCHÜTZ Art Museum is guided by the idea of facilitating an intensive engagement with art. The Schütz family wants to make culturally and historically significant works of art accessible to the public: Even those that have never or only very rarely been presented to the public. Exhibits from the family's own collection, which bear witness to national and international art history and include paintings from the 19th century to Art Nouveau and Classical Modernism, avant-garde, Expressionism and contemporary art, are to be preserved and secured for future generations in an appropriate setting.
In addition, the Artists in Residence initiative is intended to provide the opportunity to enter into a dialog with international artists and to look over the shoulders of restorers.

Werner Berg. Life and Death
The Schütz Art Museum is pleased to be able to offer an insight into the work of this extraordinary artist under the title "Werner Berg - Selected Works - Life and Death" until September 29, 2024. Werner Berg's works on display invite the viewer to engage with the profound questions about the meaning of life and the inevitability of death. The Schütz Art Museum opens its doors for an artistic journey through the life and work of Werner Berg that will resonate with visitors for a long time to come.
February 6 to September 29, 2024

Werner Berg, Tote Bäurin,1980, oil on canvas,

Werner Berg, Tote Bäurin,1980, oil on canvas,

SCHÜTZ Art Museum wins at the BIG SEE Awards 2024 in Ljubljana
The SCHÜTZ Art Museum was designed as a passive house, making it one of the most innovative cultural projects in Austria.
Josef Schütz on the construction of his museum: "It was very important to me and my wife Irene that the building of our museum blends into the landscape along the Danube. Thanks to the concept of architect Thomas Blazek and the implementation by the two master builders Matthias and Erwin Schütz, we have achieved this wonderfully and this is reflected in winning the BIG SEE Award!"Architect Thomas Blazek on the award: "I am very pleased with the award because it reminds me again and again of what we have achieved with the construction of the Schütz Art Museum!"
The BIG SEE Awards for architecture and interior design in Ljubljana are presented at the "BIG Architecture Ljubljana Festival". This event brings together top professionals from all over the world to celebrate innovation and excellence in the industry.

SCHÜTZ Art Museum wins at the BIG SEE Awards 2024 in Ljubljana © MartinVogrič

SCHÜTZ Art Museum wins at the BIG SEE Awards 2024 in Ljubljana © MartinVogrič

Next special exhibition: Friedrich Eigner. Chiaroscuro
A major retrospective on the occasion of the 75th birthday of FRIEDRICH EIGNER
"Chiaroscuro", this word, composed of the Italian words 'chiaro = light' and 'oscuro = dark', means something like "chiaroscuro". Light and shadow in one. This phenomenon, called "chiaroscuro" by da Vinci, can also be found in Friedrich Eigner's paintings. Light and shadow, diffuse, dubious, sublime, delicately reflecting, even play the leading role in his landscapes and still lifes.
Love and libido are important to the introverted artist Friedrich Eigner as elementary particles of life. Within his deeply moving, emotional work, the necessary harmonization of threats and the reflection on the current news situation - climate, war and peace - also receive attention and appreciation. The fact is, "the world is out of joint". Consequently, Friedrich Eigner's statement: "A general mission of art must be to depict peace - to bring about love and peace". In search of the soul of life ...
from May 29, 2024
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