July 08, 2012

Lorenz Kuntner, Freilicht Museum, Museo all'aperto/Open air museum

On the main road in the direction of the Stelvio Pass, just outside the community of Prad am Stilfserjoch (Prato alla Stelvio) in the Italian province of Alto Adige (south Tyrol), one passes an art environment named Freilicht museum/Museo all'aperto (Open air Museum).

Life and works

This site has been created by Lorenz Kuntner (b. 1954). Born in Prad, at a young age he already was attracted by nature as found in the beautiful mountain setting around the community. As a young boy he would herd flocks of sheep. 

Gradually he developped himself into der Mann der mit dem Windhauch spricht (the man who talks to the breeze), the title of one of his books, getting interested in sjamanism, indian lore, collecting stones from the local river, decorating these with painted faces, making totems, collecting skulls.....

With a certain affection the locals nowadays call him "the indian".

The items he created  -decorated totems, painted stones, poles with skulls of animals, constructions from sheet metal- were displayed in his garden along the main street.

It has been reported that by positioning poles with skulls along the street, he wanted to deter the busy traffic of cars towards the Stelvio pass (traffic indeed has become less intense, but probably because of other factors too).

After his wife divorced him, perhaps because of his busy schedule, Kuntner left his job as an office worker and settled himself as an independent self-taught artist.

Currently he is with pleasure available to receive visitors (who are expected to pay a small entrance fee) and to show them around in the open air museum's grounds.

His artistic creations are for sale, prices ranging from a few euro's for small decorated stones to larger amounts for more voluminous creations.

The video in the documentation of this post shows Lorenz Kuntner as a cheery, good-tempered and passionate man, who convincingly loves to talk about what motivates him. Under his own management Kuntner has published some books with poems and reflections, which can be bought at his adress.

* Article "The Alpine Indian" by Julia Gutgsell in Martins photo café weblog 
* A video by Bernd Müller (3'24", Youtube, uploaded june 2010)

Lorenz Kuntner
Freilicht Museum, Museum all'aperto
Hauptstrasse 129
39026 Prad am Stilfserjoch, Sudtirolo, Trentino, Italy
can be visited


  1. Cool, thanks for sharing my blog article :)

  2. @ Julia You are so welcome! Thanks.