|THE STARTING POINT
For many years, the
"Wienertor" a building from the thirteenth century in Hainburg/Donau,
has been exposed to extreme environmental pollution, especially since
the opening of the eastern borders.
vehicles a day pass this biggest medieval town gate in Europe. Thus, the
substance of this architectural monument is affected by the agressive
exhaust pollution. Now the dilapidation is so far advanced that measures
have to be taken.
The construction of a scaffolding to protect people and vehicles from
falling parts has become necessary. Further on, this unique romanesque
monument should be completely renovated.
To realize this project
an amount of approximately € 400.000.- is needed. The duration of
the construction will be about 3 years.
The municipality of
Hainburg would have to raise the amount of € 1330.000.- according
to the usual three thirds financing, which is very hard or even impossible
to fulfill for Hainburg. That is how the idea to make use of both sides
of the scaffolding was born.
A conventional commercialisation
using advertisments would not raise enough money and simply does not go
with the significance of this building.
The concept created
by COMPILATION_2112m2 on one hand offers the new EU-countries and artists
from those countries the opportunity for presentation. On the other hand,
it enables the reconstruction of this outstanding architectural and cultural
COMPILATION_2112m² EUROPE IS A PRESENTATION PLATFORM CONSISTING OF
TWO MAIN PILLARS:
" An exhibition
of one work by an artist from one of the new EU-countries.
" This picture posted on one side of the "Wienertor" for
one month will be 12x8 meters wide. Each country will be granted a cycle
of 3 months.
" At the same
time, the other works of the artist will be presented in a gallery in
the centre of Hainburg.
" Austrian companies
or private individuals adopt one or more pictures in order to finance
the installation and the care for the seventy-two works of art.
" The logo of
the company is placed at an appropriate place, on top or underneath the
" Further, the
media will present the company`s design.
of a web-site with permanent updates on the works of the artists, the
presentation of the new EU- countries,
reports on the "Eastern enlargement of the EU", prenentations
of the sponsoring companies and links to the sponsor`s websites.
" The installation
of a web-site with entries in the most frequented search-machines is becoming
a more and more
important form of publicity, and it is proved that art pages are the most
visited in the world-wide-web.
" We are sure
to actieve an attractive platform with our project Compilation 2112m²
1. Cooperation with
the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Company) and TV-stations in the applicant
countries, which will
report about the monthly changing works and the artists.
2. Continuous mediawork
from national and international noted art magazines to regional and district
3. Permanent media-work
with renomated, national and international magazines as well as regional
WHY HAINBURG? HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
For decades, Hainburg
was situated next to the Iron Curtain: Today, Hainburg lies very close
to the EU-border. As soon as
the candidate countries join the European Union, Hainburg moves into the
heart of Europe.
was built between 1265 and 1270 under the regency of Ottokar II., Premysl,
King of Bohemia.The first
idea of a cooperation between European minor countries was developed under
his reign. The "Wienertor", a present to his
favourite town Hainburg, has suffered a lot more in the years after the
opening of the eastern borders than during the 700
years before. It is the eye of a needle on the B9 between Vienna and Bratislava,
one of the most important motor-routes
from the East to the West in Central Europe.
If the German King
Rudolf I. of Habsburg had not defeated King Ottokar at the Battle of Dürnkrut
in 1278, eventually
Europe would look different today. The Babenberger Estates, which passed
to Ottokar`s possession through his marriage with
the last duchess of Babenberg, Margarethe (they married in 1252 at the
Schlossberg in Hainburg), were the main reason
for the controversy with the House of Hapsburg, whose power was still
insignificant then. Ottokar´s reaching for the German
Crown was put to an end by the German countries and their electors.
Ottokar lost control
over the Babenberger Estates when his marriage with Margarethe came to
an end. He gave up the Babenberger Estates, the Austrian central landed
properties, to solve the conflict with Rudolf. With one exception: He
was not willing to give back Hainburg. For his persistence he had to pay
with his life after the defeat in the battle of Dürnkrut. The fugitive
king was slain by his
former companions, the Mahrenbergers and the Emmerbergers. His concept
of a cooperation between minor European countries failed.
EUROPE contributes to the realization of the new European idea.
THE NEW EU- COUNTRIES
Rep. of Tschechoslovakia
KULTUR KONTAKT AUSTRIA chooses 2 artists, who exhibit one of their works
on a scafolding on the Wienertor, changing every month.
At the same time the artists exhibit their works at the gallery "Am
Hauptplatz" in Hainburg.
Thomas Häringer / Andreas Strohmayer
Pressburger Reßichsstrasse 6
Tel.: 0676 / 327 26 62 - Thomas Häringer
0664 / 61 89 951 - Andreas Strohmayer
Konzept hinterlegt bei Dr. Bernhard Puhl, Notar