Salon Krenek

Salon Krenek combines exhibition space, a concert hall, a creative center, and open spaces for encounters. In addition to the exhibition “Visiting Ernst Krenek (1900–1991),” concerts, lectures, and educational offerings invite you to explore music, culture, and social questions of our time, and to delve into the influence and work of Ernst Krenek and thus into the (musical) history of the twentieth century.

Salon Krenek is found in the revitalized Minoritenkloster in Krems/Stein. The Minoritenkirche, which dates from the thirteenth century, is one of the oldest mendicant churches north of the Alps. On Minoritenplatz, you can also visit Forum Frohner of the Krems Art Mile and the Sound Space Krems Minoritenkirche.

Exihibition “Visiting Ernst Krenek (1900–1991)”

Become acquainted with the many-sided composer and author Ernst Krenek. Learn private and personal details, meet his many companions and patrons – including personalities such as Alma and Anna Mahler, Thomas Mann, Rainer Maria Rilke, Igor Stravinsky, and Oskar Kokoschka – and follow his career through a fascinating century.

Ernst Krenek’s openness for new styles made his work a unique reflection of the musical history of the twentieth century – from late-Romantic offshoots via twelve-tone music to magnetic tape compositions with electronic sounds. Dive into the music of his century. You will certainly also hear things that are less familiar, and can create twelve-tone music on your own at a participatory station. Also to be found in Studio Krenek is a rarity: a Buchla modular synthesizer from 1966/67.

Have you always wondered what it looks like inside a composer’s home? View photos from the 1930s of Ernst Krenek’s apartment in Vienna’s thirteenth district, where he lived until his emigration to the USA. Or stroll through the Kreneks’ comfortable living room in a digital reconstruction of their house in Palm Springs, California. Perhpas you will also discover one or the other piece of furniture in the exhibition.

Curation: Ernst-Krenek-Institute-Private-Foundation
        Clemens Zoidl
        Alethea Neubauer
        Martina Pröll

Curatorial accompaniment: Nadia Rapp-Wimberger
Architecture: PLANET Architects
Graphics: Larissa Cerny
Media planning: cat-x exhibitions Prix
Exhibition construction: Tischlerei Kirchberger
Graphics production: Viennaprint

Opening hours

Tuesday – Sunday, 11.00 – 17.00

Guided tours are possible by making an advance registration via +43-(0)2732-71 570 or

Christmas opening hours
closed on 24 and 31 December 2023 as well as 1 January 2024, otherwise the usual opening hours apply


Free entry!

Address and directions

Salon Krenek
Minoritenplatz 4
3500 Krems/Stein

The Salon Krenek is located on the 1st floor and is barrier-free accessible.

By car

Route planner

Direct access to Minoritenplatz 4 is not possible. Please use the parking spaces along the Steiner Donaulände.
Stein short term parking zone

The paid Campus West parking garage is also available. Walking distance to Minoritenplatz: approx. 10 minutes

There is additional information on parking available on the website of the city of Krems: Parking management of the city of Krems

By train

Hourly trains run to Krems from Vienna or St. Pölten.
To the ÖBB (Austrian railway) timetable


You can order the taxi service under +43-(0)664-421 033 55.

By boat

Combine your visit to the Salon Krenek with a trip by boat on the Danube. The exhibition is located near the Krems/Stein boat embarkation point.
Detailed information:
DDSG Blue Danube
Brandner Schifffahrt

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