Exhibition inauguration


28th of September 2019


Studied in Innsbruck. South Tyrolean students remember


On Saturday the special exhibition “Studied in Innsbruck. South Tyrolean students remember" opened. The homage to the 350th birthday of the University of Innsbruck shows with many personal stories and memorabilia the great solidarity of South Tyroleans with this university and invites you to smile and become nostalgic.

Divided into 15 rooms and themes, the exhibition is a collection of objects, stories and thoughts that highlight the formative events of the history linking South Tyrol with the University of Innsbruck. Themes include Crossing the border and Living differently, Passing exams and Woman power, Living the community and Graduating with honour(s), with a wide variety of memorabilia in support. From the photo of the weekly communal washing-up in the shared kitchen to a statement about political activity by the chair of the body representing South Tyrolean university students; the bag with which food was smuggled over the Brenner Pass and the preparation for a Ladin spider species; or the museum loan of a Bronze Age winged axe discovered by a student and the diary of an archaeological expedition to Iraq – there is a host of items from the depths (and shallows) of memories and attics.

The oldest document on display is the diploma certificate of Maria Huber from Pfunders, who completed her training as a midwife at the Medical Faculty of Innsbruck in 1897. The youngest participant was Ania Viero from Bozen, born in 1996, who was regional champion in the 2018 Poetry Slam and is in her fourth year as a student teacher in Innsbruck. Her video performance of Kinderabhängige Eltern [child-addicted parents] in the first room gets the exhibition off to a fine start. The rest of the exhibits invite visitors to remember their own years of study as well as referencing reports and clichés of student life, all with the aim of raising a nostalgic smile.

This birthday celebration of many voices was opened on Saturday, 28 September at 11 a.m.


Composition: Manuela Kerer
Lyrics: Kerstin Bernhard

Welcoming words
Angelika Fleckinger (Executive Director of the Department of Provincial Museums)
Arno Kompatscher ( Provincial Governor)
Bernhard Fügenschuh (Vice-Rector for Teaching and Students at the University of Innsbruck)

Introduction to the exposition
Esther Erlacher (co-ordinator of the Fortress of Franzensfeste)

Kinderabhängige Eltern
Poetry Slam: Ania Viero

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