Tamara Grčić

46 Colours


 


The Institute for Art in Public Space invited Tamara Grčić to develop an art project for the city of Graz and Styria Province. Her project consists of three parts and will be on show in three different places: at the Natural History Museum (Joanneum District, Graz), on a tuff rock face of volcanic origin near Klöch in south-east Styria, and in urban space in Graz.

 

Natural History Museum, Joanneum District (mineralogy collection)

 

Grčić deals with the link between language and geology on the basis of the historical mineralogical collection of the Joanneum Universal Museum. Thanks to its expertise in natural science and technology, the Joanneum quickly achieved the reputation of an outstanding educational and research facility following its foundation in 1811. The mineral collection was its centrepiece, classified and exhibited in two adjacent rooms with splendid cabinet showcases. In one of the vitrines the minerals are arranged by colour. At the beginning of the 19th century, the mineralogist A. G. Werner described crystalline rock samples based on his observation, describing them with the aid of Research for the project was assisted by Dr. Ingomar Fritz (earth scientist, UMJ), Dr. Bernd Moser (mineralogist, UMJ), Dr. Peter Sackl (zoologist and ornithologist, UMJ), Univ.-Prof. Dr. Martin Prinzhorn (linguist, Vienna University), Dr. habil. Manfred Glauninger (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna), the Municipality of colour names. Today they are of historical importance. The artist picks up on his classification of stones, translating it into spoken language. This first part of her work will be screening as a video film at the Natural History Museum.

 

Tuff rock face near Klöch, south-east Styria

 

The second part of her art project is on show in south-east Styria, a geologically fascinating region of volcanic origin. On a local tuff rock face that formed in the last volcanic phase some two million years ago, the artist has created an installation of hand-made glass spheres that is as thoughtful as it is meticulous. The coloured sculptures shimmer faintly or shine in the sunlight for brief moments. For minutes on end, portions of the wall are coloured in the red, blue, yellow, brown, white or green of the forty-six hues. The poetry of words gives rise to a new ephemeral play of colours in the unspoilt Zara Woods near Klöch. Visitors are requested to treat this unique landscape with due respect.

 

Urban space in Graz

 

The third part of the art project returns to urban, public space in Graz. In collaboration with staff at the BORG School, the "Modellschule", and the Free Waldorf School, Tamara Grčić presented the project to classes. The young people were asked to write the forty-six colour terms from the mineral collection in chalk on walls or roads at different public sites of their choosing over time. They were each given a little booklet with the forty-six colours and chalk. In the course of time, the colour terms spread around urban space in Graz, only to vanish again, with the students recording them in photographs. The Institute for Art in Public Space Styria will collect these pictures and publish them on the Internet.

 

Tamara Grčić (*1964 in Munich, lives in Frankfurt/Main) studied art history in Vienna, cultural anthropology in Frankfurt, and at the Städelschule in Frankfurt under Peter Kubelka. Exhibitions include Kunstraum Dornbirn (2004), Fotohof Salzburg (2009), the Venice Biennale (2009) with her installation Gaggiandere in the Arsenale, public space in Frankfurt (2011), the kunstwegen sculpture project (2012), and Städtische Galerie Nordhorn (2013).

 

 

Opening:

Sunday, 14.09.2014, at 12 midday

Mineralogy Department of the Natural History Museum

Joanneum District

 

A catalogue with illustrations and texts and the first photos taken by the young people will be published in time for the opening.

 

 

Art in Public Spaces

Marienplatz 1/1
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9265
kioer@museum-joanneum.at

 

 

Sunday, 14.09.2014, at 12 midday

 

There will be a shuttle service to Gossendorf afterwards.

 

Free Entry and Shuttle.

 

Registration: kioer@museum-joanneum.at