Cultural Buildings from Bilbao to Zeche Zollverein

28.06.-20.10.2013 10:00-17:00

Opening: June 27, 2013, 6 pm
Curated by: Matthias Sauerbruch (Berlin)
Co-Curator: Wulf Walter Boettger, Caroline Wolf

In collaboration with the Akademie der Künste, Berlin


Cultural range and its physical manifestation in the form of buildings are the driving force and content of innovative city development and planning. The exhibition Culture:City curated by Matthias Sauerbruch devotes itself to this phenomenon, shedding light on the relations between architecture and daily reality – without, however, restricting itself to the paradigm of the ‘Bilbao effect’ nor losing sight of it.


Following its presentation at the Akademie der Künste, Berlin, the exhibition will be shown at the Kunsthaus Graz, the latter located in a number of cultural buildings that also demonstrate the boom in recent decades in museums showcasing spectacular architecture. 

The exhibition is conceived not only to offer the visitor a physical presentation of plans and models but also a special mode of analysis: virtual tours on iPads with commentary as well as in-depth background information. The individual architectural projects are complemented byauteur films of young graduates of the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (German film- and TV academy, Berlin). 

Accompanying the exhibition and in collaboration with the Technische Universität Graz and the HDA (House of Architecture), there will be a series of talks and discussions on the role of cultural buildings, their needs and various development strategies.

A catalogue is published jointly with the exhibition, also with Matthias Sauerbruch as curator, by Lars Müller Publishers (Zürich), edited by Wilfried Wang.

-> More information on the exhibition Culture:City


Kunsthaus Graz

Lendkai 1
8020 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9200


Opening Hours
Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 5pm

Guided tours
Sun 2pm (EN), Sat 3:30pm (GER), Sun & public holidays 11am (GER), exceptions may apply. For specific dates, please visit our calendar. Guided tours also on advance notice.

Architecture Tour 
during exhibition free times only; German: Tue–Sat, 11am, 2pm, 3:30pm; Sun, public holidays: 11am, 3:30pm; English: Sun, 2pm or upon request

Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm
Fri-Sat 9am-1am
Sun 9am-8pm
T: +43-316/714 957


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