Preview 2021



We can look back on a year of unforeseen challenges when many things had to be postponed or cancelled at short notice.
We often asked ourselves the questions: What we could even plan for 2021? What exhibitions could take place? What sort of supporting programme could we offer?
But we then confidently set about planning a programme for the fortress – and you can find a little foretaste below.



The exhibition season opens with a project by FABRIK AZZURRO. Art spaces are shown in mobile containers, dealing with changes of perspective in different ways, changing the viewing angles in time and space.

WaterLightFestival Brixen Bressanone

This year, for the first time, the Franzensfeste Fortress will be illuminated as part of the WaterLightFestival. The Finnish light artist Kari Kola will bathe the fortress in a blue light and Vincenzo Marsiglia will illuminate the inner courtyards and the buildings directly near the water reservoir.

International Museum Day
16 May 2021

International Museum Day is celebrated around the world in May. The proclaimed motto for the 2021 edition is: "Museums: Inspiring the Future". At the Franzensfeste Fortress there will be special offers throughout the day.

50x50x50 everything for everyone
5 June – 3 October 2020

The 2021 exhibition, “50x50x50 everything for everyone”, forms part of the themed museum year entitled “Transit – Transport – Mobility” organised by the Euroregion of Tyrol-South Tyrol-Trentino, in which the Franzensfeste Fortress will also be participating. Artists from the three separate regions of Tyrol, South Tyrol and Trentino will use their works to transform the fortress into a unique experience space.

Family Sunday
19 September 2021

One day before World Children's Day, children are also the focus of attention at the Franzensfeste Fortress. On our annual Family Sunday, we invite all children and their families to spend an exciting day with a great supporting programme in the fortress.

New permanent exhibition: Bunkered.
South Tyrol as a pawn in a wider story of arms and defence works
Autumn 2021

A new permanent exhibition in the Franzensfeste Fortress aims to uncover the powder keg on which we all sat thanks to the “Alpenwall” bunker system in World War II, as well as later following its partial reactivation during the Cold War. It brings the bunkers and their occupants to life and tells of the later civilian uses for these structures. Opens autumn 2021.

Art in Advent
26 November – 30 December 2021

The second lockdown has caused the cancellation of 2020’s “Art in Advent” exhibition. The twelve selected works will be shown, along with other works, from the end of November until the end of December 2021. Interested artists can reapply with their concept proposals until September 2021.