The Museum “Art of the Lost Generation” holds an extraordinary private collection of artworks by artists of the so-called “Lost Generation”. The art historian Rainer Zimmermann (1920-2009) coined the term “missing” or “lost” generation in 1980, drawing a parallel with the “lost generation” of which Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) and Gertrude Stein wrote in connection with the American writers of the 1920s.
These artists were born around the turn of the 20th century in the German Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire or in the neighbouring territories of the Russian Empire to the east. They endured massive restrictions in their work as artists under the National Socialists, were ostracised and denounced as “degenerate”. For this reason, most of these artists remained unknown to a broader public. They studied with famous teachers of the time such as Max Liebermann (1847-1935), Max Beckmann (1884-1950), Otto Dix (1891-1969), Lovis Corinth (1858-1925) and Henri Matisse (1869-1954), and many of them had already reached the pinnacle of their artistic creativity when the Nazis seized power in 1933. But the subsequent shift in the political landscape brought about a radical caesura in artistic and cultural life. When the Nazis set up their “Reichskulturkammer”, the “Imperial Chamber of Art”, this created obvious restrictions in all areas of culture. Art was now only allowed to serve the reigning ideology and its propaganda. The prevailing stylistic pluralism of the time was no longer desirable. Many of these artists were treated with hostility for political, racial or religious reasons, and were persecuted, driven to emigrate or even murdered. Their artworks were removed from public collections and museums in the wake of the “Degenerate Art” campaign of 1937 and were ridiculed, destroyed, or – in some luckier cases – hidden away.
The Museum “Art of the Lost Generation” was opened by Prof. Dr Heinz Böhme in October 2017 with the exhibition “We haven’t seen each other for so long”. This privately run, non-profit museum aims to raise awareness of the artists of the “Lost Generation” and to shed light on their life stories. The Böhme Collection currently comprises some 530 works, most of them oil paintings. The Collection is continually being expanded.
The Museum occupies historical premises in an old, traditional Salzburg house, the “Steinhauserhaus”, which was built in circa 1300. It allows visitors an insight into the collector’s “second living room”, and with its mixture of contemporary and antique furniture and its library on the topic of the Lost Generation, it invites its visitors to linger. The Museum has a total of 300 square metres of exhibition space. The collector himself is often present, and is happy to show visitors around his collection when asked.
Offer your guests a unique experience and exclusively discover the Böhme Collection – during the day or in the evening! With its magnificent glass-roofed Adnet marble arcade courtyard, spacious exhibition rooms and a charming salon with historical flair, our museum offers a variety of event possibilities.
The museum is located on the first floor of a charming historic building, built around 1300 and located in the heart of Salzburg’s old town. The rooms promise an unforgettable ambience for your event – from cocktails and receptions to company celebrations, readings, lectures or concerts.
With a height of up to 3.5 m and an area of 230 sqm, the daylight-flooded rooms offer space for both small and large-scale events. A highlight of the salon is also the magnificent view of Salzburg’s University Square with the University Church and the nearby Mönchsberg.
The cost of rental is calculated based on the scope, day and time of the event. This includes admission for your guests, expenses for staff (supervision, cloakroom, cleaning) and existing furniture, which can be supplemented upon request. Technical equipment and catering are not included.
For further information or to arrange a non-binding visit to our premises please contact us! museum@verlorene‑generation.com.
Special Tour Outside Opening Hours
Kick off your event with a special surprise for your guests!
We will open our museum exclusively for you to discover our current exhibitions.
Upon request, it is possible to pick out your favourite work from the collection which will be displayed especially for you. Your exclusive evening at the museum can be followed by a catered champagne reception.
Contact us for more information and to start planning your next event! museum@verlorene‑generation.com.
If you own artworks that might fit this collection and that you would like to offer the museum, please don’t hesitate to contact us. You can also e-mail us with a photo of the artwork.
We will consider if the artwork fits into our collection.