Art in the Ski Areas: Exhibitions in the Snow

14/06/2021 - SnowTrex

Winter sports and culture complement each other wonderfully. This is proven through various art events in the ski areas, which bring artists and enthusiasts together in many places and should not be missed by local ski holidaymakers.

Art in the ski areas: Exhibitions in the snow.

Fantastic Gondolas: Multimedia Art between Heaven and Hell

Culture-loving skiers are also amazed on the Arlberg. Every winter, Lech is all about art at the “Fantastic Gondolas”. It’s not about paintings, but about elaborate art, space and sound installations created by international artists. During the ascent in the cinema gondola, gigantic projections on mountains and buildings by a total of 20 artists can be admired. In the gondolas, restaurants and at the top of the Rüfi mountain station, DJs await visitors and provide a party atmosphere until the early hours of the morning.

Art on Snow: A One-Week Art Festival

Once a year, Bad Gastein becomes the venue for “Art on Snow”, the largest art festival in the Alps. Impressive ice art is included every year. Renowned ice artists grind and carve filigree sculptures out of snow or blocks of ice live in the ski area. As a crowning finale, the eventful week ends with the “Art of(f) Party”.

One of the beautiful snow pictures by Simon Beck.

On the Schmittenhöhe, above Zell am See, huge sculptures regularly rise up into the sky. There is, for example, an oversized table or symmetrically-arranged piles of stones that blend wonderfully into the landscape and yet become eye-catchers. They are part of an artistic project that started back in 1995 on Zell’s local mountain. Since 2013, it has become a permanent “gallery on the piste”. More than 30 sculptures are set up across the entire mountain. The objects were designed by artists from natural materials such as wood and stone to emphasise the harmony of nature and culture. The installations have become one of the largest open-air art spaces in Europe and belong to the Schmitten like snow to winter. The artworks are located directly at the ski area and can be seen from the piste.

Shapes in White: Sculptures in the Snow

Every winter in Ischgl, the “shapes in white” are created by ice artists and exhibited in the Silvretta Arena ski area. 10 international pairs of artists have five days to create a theme, with a huge stage world created on the slopes. The skiable open-air gallery has a different theme every year – here are a few examples: “Casting Shows”, “Superheroes”, “Circus” and “Hollywood”. Finally, the best works are awarded prizes at the “shapes in white” finale. All the ice sculptures can be admired in the ski area until the beginning of May.

The “Batman vs. Joker” sculpture in the Silvretta Arena ski area.

Italian Snow Sculpture Festival: Winter Masterpieces

27 m³ snow cubes, shovels and saws are the only materials and tools for the ten participating teams at the Snow Sculpture Festival. In keeping with the theme, unique sculptures are to be created within three days and positioned at various locations in San Candido. The finished works of art can then not only be admired by residents and guests, but also evaluated. After the evaluation, the winner will be determined and the sculptures will remain until spring, when the first rays of sunshine will melt the snow.

German Snow Sculpture Festival: Turning Snow into Art

At the beginning of the year, creative teams of artists from various countries travel to the Bernau high valley. At the Snow Sculpture Festival, they form imaginative works of art from huge blocks of snow. From well-known, figures like the Sphinx, to abstract works of art, there are no limits to the artists’ creativity. Thousands of visitors are therefore drawn to the Black Forest over the 4 days. In addition to the extraordinary open-air gallery, an exciting ski show, a snow cat parade, a torch-lit downhill run and fireworks provide diverse entertainment.

Messner Mountain Museums: Museum Project in South Tyrol

In a listing of alpine art events, the mountain museums of extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner should not be missing. The “Messner Mountain Museums” (MMM for short) are six museums at six locations in the Italian regions of South Tyrol and Belluno. The headquarters of the museum project, the MMM Firmian, is located in Sigmundskron Castle near Bolzano. Other locations are Juval Castle near Naturno, the Dolomites on Monte Rite, the Ortles in Sulden, the Ripa at Bruneck Castle and the Corones on the summit plateau of the Plan de Corones. Each place focuses on one aspect of the mountain world: the myth of the mountain, the relationship between humans and the mountain, the rock, the ice and the cultural heritage of the mountain peoples. Different forms of art are used for this purpose, be it a great viewing platform that offers a view of alpine beauty, photographs, oil paintings, fine art or artefacts. In any case, it’s worth a visit! In the winter months, however, only the Ortles in Sulden am Ortler, the Ripa in Bruneck in the Puster Valley and the Corones in Enneberg on the Plan de Corones are open.

  • Monday, 14. June 2021
  • Author: SnowTrex
  • Category: Events
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