Juval Castle is filled with works of art and antiques. What was it like living in that kind of environment? Were you told never to touch this or that?
No, our dad was very relaxed about it. Mum sometimes said something to us. But we got used to it. There wasn’t any reason for us to knock things over or dirty the carpets with our shoes.
But there were some dark rooms in the castle where our imagination ran riot (laughs). There were lots of stories about ghosts in Juval. That was a bigger problem!
Many visitors are disappointed to find Juval Castle closed in July and August. Do you think this might change in the future or is that non-negotiable?
This is a sensitive topic. We realize that once we decide to stay open in summer, there’s no going back. It might work for the time being, but then who knows what will happen in five years' time? At some point, someone in the family might want to make use of the castle in summertime. Who knows?
It's actually good that the castle is closed for two months. Juval isn’t just a museum
open to the public. People also live there. In summer, visitors to the castle have asked me if Reinhold Messner is somewhere around. They ask: “Doesn’t he live here?” (laughing). Juval has a personal connection, and not only for us.
Your father isn’t particularly associated with religion. Considering the main theme of the MMM Juval – "Myth of Mountains" –, and mountains as places where the gods are said to reside, what role did religion play in your childhood?
In our family, there was a very open approach to religion. We discussed it, but at the same time our parents gave us a lot of freedom in this regard.
Reinhold believes that everyone’s free to do what they want and what they think is right.
He isn’t an atheist – he calls himself “a possibilist”, meaning that while nothing is certain, everything remains possible. I can also identify with that to some extent. Though I’ve been baptized and I’m influenced by western culture as much as anyone else, I’m too rational to be drawn to religion as such.