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Neo/New – Rediscoveries in the Museum of Fine Art

Neo/New – Rediscoveries in the Museum of Fine Art

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To complement the unique exhibition of Gothic art that has been on view in the museum of Admont Abbey from May 2017, Admont’s Museum of Fine Arts has been putting several special rarities on display in the 2017 and 2018 season. Please have a look at the winter opening times!

Following the devastating fire in Admont in 1865, Admont Abbey church was rebuilt in the then contemporary neo-Gothic style. At the same time, a wealth of liturgical objects that reflected the principles of the Gothic Revival were created for the new church but also for the monks who, like their successors today, had a marked interest in art. These chalices, ciboria, monstrances and other items may fall short of the medieval Gothic examples in terms of artistic power, but are still manifestations of an artistic movement that has not only left behind significant traces in Admont Abbey church but had a marked influence throughout the whole of Europe. In recent years, it has been one of the main tasks of the collection’s custodian, Father Maximilian, to arrange for the restoration of these all too frequently denigrated items. A selection of these has been on display to the public for the first time.

The ‘Christmas vestments’, the masterpiece of the Admont monk Brother Benno Haan created in the 1680s, has been again on display after a longer period of seclusion in the Abbey’s vestment chamber. Richness of imagery, skilled needlework of exemplary quality – this is one of the finest examples of Baroque art made in Admont Abbey and created for the sole glory of God. In addition, on display for the first time have been Baroque vestments in the rare liturgical colour rose pink, another gem of textile workmanship.

Curator: Father Maximilian Schiefermüller OSB

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