Museums of the City of Linz
The Lentos Kunstmuseum Linz has been operational, together with the Municipal Museum Nordico, since its opening in 2003 within the framework of the Museen der Stadt Linz, the museums of the City of Linz. Since 1 January 2018, the museums of the City of Linz have been given the form of an autonomous LLC as a 100 % subsidiary of the Kreativität, Kultur & Veranstaltungen der Stadt Linz Holding GmbH.
With their different institutions – the Lentos Kunstmuseum, the Nordico Stadtmuseum and the VALIE EXPORT Center Linz (a cooperation with the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz) – the museums of the City of Linz are among the city’s most potent cultural driving forces and see themselves as meeting places designed for dialogue. They are committed above all to the focus Linz places on its character as a centre for contemporary art and media art and on open access to art and culture. In addition to the organisation of exhibitions, outreach programmes, the edition of collection and exhibition catalogues and an active participation in loan processes form the core of the museums’ agenda. Other important business units include the operation of the museum shops and renting out space as event venues.
The Museen der Stadt Linz are managed by Hemma Schmutz as Artistic Director and Gernot Barounig as Commercial Director. They have a staff of roughly 35 employees (on a full-time equivalent basis) and an annual budget of approximately 4.5 million Euro.