Exhibition

"The Monastery galleries: Gothic gallery and Baroque gallery"
Guided tours only
Duration: 1 hour
Upon notice in advance groups are received throughout the year (minimum of 10 persons). Three halls containing tableaux of Baroque painters, € 9,50 per Person

BAROQUE GALLERY
In 1773, Provost Matthäus Gogl engaged the painter Leopold von Montagna to range the pictures. The later so called Baroque gallery dates from that time. The tableaux of Baroque painters from Austria, Germany, Italy, France, and the Netherlands are ranged according to decorative points of view. Apart from small alterations, the three-hall Baroque gallery has remained in original state till today.

GOTHIK GALLERY
14 tableaux painted by Albrecht Altdorfer from Regensburg/Germany. They belonged to a winged altar of the Gothic church conceived in honour of St. Sebastian in 1518. Provost Peter Maurer was the initiator. The pictures demonstrate the highlight of the genre called "Donauschule". Twelve pictures of the altar are supplemented by two big slides of the missing tableaux (the originals of which can be seen in Vienna / Kunsthistorisches Museum) thus the spectator may enjoy an overall impression of the altar.


RELIGIOUS COLLECTION - HANS FRONIUS
For a number of years, the Monastery is proud to possess a respectable collection of works of the world-wide reputed Austrian painter, drawer, and graphic artist Hans Fronius (1903 1988).
Throughout his life the artist dealt with existential themes. In literary texts by F. Dostojewski, G. Büchner, E.A. Poe, H. de Balzac, and especially F. Kafka he found his inspiration for congenial interpretations. His presentations of landscapes depict also a profound depth and concernment. In addition, the relevant texts of the bible prompted the artist highly interested in the fate of human beings to examine constantly two themes: involvements in blame mobilise the conscience (vide Saul, David, St. Peter); and prominent figures of pain, especially Job and Jesus, picking out the question of existence and of God. By no means Fronius does offer a striking (Christian) answer, in fact lamentation and scream are shown quite plainly. In front of such pictures, sensitive coevals may speculate their own restlessness and questionability. The generous donations by the artist's widow (two dozens of oil paintings including drawings and graphical drawings, xylographs, lithographs, etchings) complete the Monastery collection since 1993. On request the pictures can be shown at guided tours.