Admont Abbey - Museum © Stefan Leitner

New management at Admont Abbey Museum

After more than 20 years of successful museum work at Admont Abbey, Michael Braunsteiner, who as artistic director played a key role in shaping the profile of the museum in the Upper Styrian Enns Valley, has retired. The retirement was taken by Admont Abbey as an opportunity to reorganise the management of the museum.

New management at Admont Abbey Museum

Friday, 24 May 2024

Michael Richter-Grall will take over the artistic direction of the museum as successor to Michael Braunsteiner. Together with Father Prior Maximilian Schiefermüller OSB, who will be responsible for the scientific management of the museum in his role as abbey archivist and librarian, the future direction of the museum and cultural work will be in the hands of a dual leadership. The path of bridging the gap between ancient and contemporary art, which has been pursued since the opening of the large museum in 2003, will be continued in the sense of a diverse range of exhibitions. Mario Brandmüller remains the museum's economic director, who is also responsible for the agendas of tourism development and communication as head of department for these areas. The great interest in the special exhibitions and the redesigned museum areas in the anniversary year 2024 is an incentive for the newly composed management team to take bold steps into the future (for example in the expansion of the cultural education programme) on the one hand, and to focus on the tried and tested and the preservation of the cultural and artistic achievements that Admont Abbey has produced and made possible over the centuries up to the present day on the other.

Mario Brandmüller was Managing Director of Regional Management District Liezen from 2013 to 2017. In June 2017, he moved to the Benedictine Abbey Admont and has since been the economic director of the museum, managing director of Kaiserau Tourismus GmbH and head of tourism development and communication.

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Michael Richter Graal Portrait photo

Michael Richter-Grall, MA studied art history in Graz, specialising in the art of the late Middle Ages. In 2021, he took over the management of the art inventory at Admont Abbey and, as a member of the curatorial team, was involved in the preparations for the anniversary exhibition and the redesign of the Art History Museum at Admont Abbey. 


MMag. Dr P. Maximilian Schiefermüller OSB joined the Benedictine Abbey of Admont in 2002. The doctor of church history studied history and theology in Salzburg and Graz and has been responsible for the outstanding collection of sources and manuscripts as well as the famous library hall at Admont Abbey as the abbey archivist and librarian since 2014. 

Benedictine Abbey Admont - Father Prior Maximilian Schiefermüller © Stefan Leitner