The exhibition of the Federal Province of Salzburg in the Museum Neue Residenz Salzburg is the heart of all the events and projects in conjunction with Salzburg 20.16. For the anniversary of 200 years of Salzburg in Austria, the exhibition “Bishop.Emperor.Everyman” is devoted to the colorful history of Salzburg since 1816.
The design concept was developed by MARCH GUT for this unique show with the three special exhibitions, “Treasure House Salzburg”, “On the Scene”, and “Tell Me About Salzburg!”, on three levels with an exhibition space of 1.500 m².
Over 1000 exhibition objects – historical treasures from the collection, valuable international loaned works, and works by contemporary artists – are assembled here. Together with the stories of places and people, they recount the multifaceted art and cultural history of the Federal Province of Salzburg.
The exhibition is designed as a fascinating and diverse tour – 14 rooms, each of them with its own theme and setting and thus also a unique atmosphere. Continuity is ensured by the modular system of vitrines designed by MARCH GUT: black cubes combined with glass are the basis of the exhibition architecture.
The goal – presenting and conveying the content in the best possible way – is achieved through the integration of atmospheric and haptic elements. Soft light, muted colors and soft materials call attention to the preciousness and delicacy of the works. Experience-oriented elements, like a boat in the original size or a walk-in “black cube”, make the exhibition directly accessible.
Multimedia stations enable interaction with the visitors, and places to linger invite exhibition visitors to in-depth viewing.
The museum is presented as an open communication forum; a funnel as symbolic motif permeates the overall design concept. As a typographic megaphone it is used for headings as a special identifying feature, and as a telescope it directs the gaze from inside the museum to the outside.
The inner courtyard of the museum is equipped with seating and a stage that can be used for multiple purposes. Nineteen trees stand for the nineteen regional museums of the Federal Province of Salzburg, where they will be planted after the end of the State Exhibition on 30 October 2016 as a sign of connectedness.