sommer.frische.kunst. in Bad Gastein

An international festival for contemporary art in harmony with nature

Art belongs to Bad Gastein like the imposing mountains and the magnificent Belle Époque buildings. Bad Gastein has always exerted a great attraction on artists and art lovers. No wonder, then, that an excellent art and culture festival has established itself here with sommer.frische.kunst. From 14.7. to 2.9.2023, you can expect an exciting program with top-class, well-known and up-and-coming young artists.


In the historic power plant at the waterfall, various different artistic positions are presented on 3 floors and made publicly accessible to a wide audience. Diverse exhibitions can be visited on the Art Trail Kaiser-Wilhelm-Promenade. The Art Trail presents art in public space.

Art needs its space, its freedom - and this is what artists have enjoyed in Gastein for many years. Andrea von Goetzis the artistic director of sommer.frische.kunst. If you would like to know more about the curator 's work, you can read an interview on the Gastein Blog .

Gruppe von Besuchern im Austausch über die gesehenen Kunstwerke

Opening Weekend

The exhibition openings will take place on July 14, 2023, starting at 7:00 p.m. on the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Promenade. A subsequent get-together makes a lively exchange of artists and art enthusiasts possible.

The artists Conny Maier (winner of the Deutsche Bank "Artist of the Year" award), Andi Fischer, Dennis Buck and Michael Günzer will be taking part in the RADON PAVILLON with their exhibition concept "DORF". DORF in Bad Gastein addresses the tension between periphery and center and presents four artistic positions that clearly differ from each other in concept and expression.

With Peckerl-Studio, the Berlin-based artist group PEGASUS PRODUCT, consisting of Gernot Seeliger, Dargelos Kersten and Anton Peterson, presents another performative exhibition concept in the IKE ROOM . Most recently, they caused a sensation at Art Cologne with PDSL Shop.

The interplay of form, color, and space and the relationship of these elements are revealed in Berlin-based painter Danni Pantel 's solo show at HAUS MIMI. Designer Franziska Agrawal transcends the boundaries of the art and design world with her works. Her sculpture presented in Bad Gastein will be opened together with a musical performance by Stephanie Boltz at the Alpenlofts.


From 15 July to 22 July 2023, galleries will present a rich portfolio of contemporary artists in the historic power station, on the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Promenade art mile and in public spaces. The exhibition spaces in the power station at the waterfall are filled by twelve galleries. Away from the big art fairs in the metropolises, the main aim of art:badgastein is to facilitate a special exchange between artists, collectors and galleries.


Zwei Damen vor einem Kunstwerk auf Leinwand

Artist in residence

This programme offers aspiring young artists free space for their creative work through studio spaces in the Kraftwerk.

From 24.7.2023 to 2.9.2023, artists from the southern neighbouring countries of Italy, Slovenia and Croatia will work here. Inspired by the magical power of the waterfall and the imposing nature, artistic positions will emerge that are in dialogue with Bad Gastein.

Those interested in art can take part in the creative process of the young artists up close and visit the artists in their studios.

Open studios: Wednesday through Sunday from 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Another exciting art weekend awaits visitors with the final presentation of the artists in residence in August.

Sculpture by Olaf Holzapfel in Sportgastein

Art in public space

The Art Trail presents art in public space. Since the start of the festival, the artists participating in the festival have left their mark. Both in public space and at selected historical sites that can be visited throughout the year.

With the Art Trail map , visitors interested in art can set out to discover the works of art embedded in the Gastein landscape.

Art makes you see. Discover your way.

Under the motto "Art makes you see. Discover your way." the festival sends its guests on a journey: in search of art and their very own, personal experience of art, and for the first time with an KunstWanderKarte, designed and illustrated by Sebastian Meschenmoser, one of the most narrative painters of his generation. With the KunstWanderKarte, 14 stations are hiked - from art in the village center to the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Promenade and all the way up to Sportgastein and the Stubnerkogel. There, among other things, the spectacular half-timbered sculpture "Harps" by Olaf Holzapfel awaits visitors.


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