Südbahnhotel. The Magic Mountain Abandoned. Photographs by Yvonne Oswald
The Südbahnhotel in Semmering near Vienna is the symbol of a modern and artistically inspiring epoch. Artists like Arthur Schnitzler, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Karl Kraus, Alfred Polgar, Peter Altenberg, Gustav Mahler, Franz Werfel, Stefan Zweig, Sigmund Freud, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Felix Salten, and Robert Musil, all of whom helped shape twentieth-century cultural and intellectual life, are closely linked with Semmering. Just seventy-five years after the railway opened up the region, the Nazis declared Semmering “free of Jews.” After World War II, Semmering was never able to regain its former glory. The absence of earlier guests left a vacuum that has never been filled.
The photographer Yvonne Oswald set off to seek the traces of this bygone era and capture the residual aura of the Südbahnhotel with her camera. “Das Südbahnhotel” is an artistic photographic work with the extensively intact palace hotel, within its historical context one of the most important in Central Europe, as its subject. It is also a metaphor for the vacuum created through the murder and expulsion of the Jews.
Curator: Danielle Spera
Graphic design: Fuhrer, Wien
This exhibition is currently available, please find all the details and the loan conditions the exhibition folder. The enclosed photos and texts are not intended for reproduction.