The FIS Nordic World Ski Championship 2019 brought Ski-Jumping stars and enthusiasts back to Innsbruck Bergisel and the nearby town of Seefeld. Among them were Polish ski-jumping legend Adam Malysz and Austrian bouldering champion Anna Stöhr who participated in an art event directed by artist Stephan Pirker right in front of the Tirol Panorama Museum at Bergisel.
Creating Art through Ski Jumping
Let’s start with the art project. “Jumping Printing” is a series of works made under the direction of artist Stephan Pirker, who is based in Innsbruck. Many of his works combine built objects and performances. He loves ski-jumping so much, that he actually went to Finland to learn how to do it properly, and it became a key element in his work.
“Jumping Printing” takes the art form of Happening. Spontaneity is the most distinct character of happenings, but the making of the works is actually highly orchestrated. As we saw in this event, there were several fellow artists in charge of different tasks, so that this happening happened smoothly.
Bergisel: The Perfect Location
The event took place under the projecting roof of the Tirol Panorama, and the “ski-artists” were facing Imperial Infantry Museum (Kaiserjägermuseum). Both are part of the Tyrolean State Museums (Tiroler Landesmuseen).
The weather was not fantastic, as it turned out. However, there were many colourful props at hand and we were all looking forward to the unusual event.
The Stars Have Arrived!
The eagerly-awaited arrival of Polish ski-jumping legend Adam Malysz got us all excited! He is the owner of so many Winter Olympic and World Championship medals, and Innsbruck is one of the cities where he enjoyed victory.
The skis were only attached to his boots by the assistants after Malysz was lifted off ground.
Holding his certificate (issued by the artist), Adam chatted with Austrian bouldering champion Anna Stöhr, who was going to be the next ski-artist. She is Tyrolean and has won four Bouldering World Cups and two World Championships between 2007 and 2013!
Exhibition “Legendary Ski-Jumping Art” at the Tirol Panorama
The exhibition of the “Jumping Printing” works is held inside the Tirol Panorama and runs till 5 March 2019. The funds raised from selling the artworks will go to the acclaimed ski school in Stams, Tyrol.
There are also many ski/snow-related objects on permanent display in the Tirol Panorama Museum, in addition to the impressive panoramic painting depicting the Tyrolean Rebellion of 1809.