Stift Melk - UNESCO-Welterbe

Columned Hall

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Originally the Columned Hall was used as a horse stable and granary. When the stables were relocated, it became a store room for furniture and materials. The eight dominating angular columns that determine the room’s structure have remained unchanged. In recent years the Columned Hall was restored and modernized: the old wooden floor was removed to make room for Solnhofer stone tiles which are also found in many other parts of the abbey building. The windows were repaired, new doors were incorporated, ventilation and lighting were adapted for contemporary use.

Today the Columned Hall has a light and friendly atmosphere. The spacious versatile room has the potential for all sorts of activities, and is used for ever-changing special exhibitions.

Exhibition 2023
April 1, 2023 to January 6, 2024 | daily 9 am – 4 pm

MACON  Maria Consuelo Vargas de Speiss

Macon’s paintings are about people in search of a better life and future. They tell of setting out, of flight, of emigration. They illustrate people’s inner struggle with faith, dignity, and identity. Her works express the many associated emotions, such as courage, fear, and despair, but also confidence, hope, and joy. The human being as an individual is always the main focus.

MACON born in Cali, Colombia, is an Austrian and South American artist living and working in Lower Austria. 1979-1980 University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, 1983-1988 University of Applied Arts in Vienna – Masterclass Oberhuber.