In 1908, a memorial initiative was started in Wagrain under the pastor Dr. Augustin Reiter. The people of Wagrain wanted to honour Joseph Mohr, the now famous poet of "Silent Night! Holy Night!", on the occasion of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the song. They commissioned the artist Josef Mühlbacher to create it.
However, there was no contemporary photograph or portrait of Mohr. The picture "Mohr at the Parade Bed" was not sufficient for Mühlbacher. On the basis of the shape of the skull, the sculptor was to record what Mohr might have looked like. So in 1912, the skull was exhumed under the direction of Father Josef Rosenstatter.
Josef Mühlbacher made a relief measuring about 100 x 80 cm, which he had cast in bronze. However, the First World War, the ensuing economic crisis and devaluation of money made it impossible for the people of Wagrain to purchase the work of art at that time. In 1916 Mühlbacher took the relief with him to his new parish of Zell near Kufstein.
Silent Night Museum in the Pflegerschlössl
Museumsgasse 3, A-5602 Wagrain
Phone: +43 6413 201 69
Wagrain-Kleinarl Tourism, Phone: +43 6413 8448
Kulturverein Blaues Fenster, Phone: +43 664 236 00 14