Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary

Collection as Aleph


Curated by: Adam Budak (Kunsthaus Graz) Daniela Zyman (Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary)

The exhibition Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Collection as Aleph connects the structural (and symbolic) endlessness of the architecture of the Kunsthaus Graz with an attempt to navigate (mentally) the temporal and spatial levels of the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection.


A comparative reading of the literary oeuvre of the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges forms the point of departure for this investigation. Borges's oeuvre and its conceptual as well as narrative landscape is used as a methodology to build up a sequence of potential narratives (and fictions), continued (as if) en abîme in a collective archive of visual imaginary.


Aleph - the cosmic point that contains all times and places in the universe, a fabled observatory that figures the endlessness of all things - frames the sequences of potential structures and possible fictions: from the issues concerned with the principles of identity and meanders of authorship through paradoxes of language and space-time confluences down to conjunctions of universe and utopia, reality and fiction, mirror and encyclopaedia. The exhibition emphasizes the processual reading of the act of collecting as practice(s), in which combinations and permutations of arrangements create ever new meanings, contexts and relationships between artworks.


The exhibition architecture, developed by the Vienna-based office the nextENTERprise spatializes the exhibition gallery as an inversed horizon, reinforcing both endlessness and simultaneity by means of displacement and fractal vision and activating the powers of memory and imagination, embedded at the very core of the Aleph.

Kunsthaus Graz

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


Opening Hours
23. October 2020 to 09. April 2021 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 6pm
10. April 2021 to 31. October 2021 Mon-Sun, public holidays 10am - 6pm
01. November 2021 to 31. December 2021 Tue-Sun, public holidays 10am - 6pm

Architecture tours
06.-22.10.2020 Tue–Sun 11, 2 pm, 3:30 pm (ger)
Guided Tours
From 25.10.2020 Sun and public holidays 11am (ger)
Times may vary. For specific dates, please visit our calendar.
Guided tours also on advance notice

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



26th October 2020
5th April 2021
24th May 2021
1st November 2021

24th/25th December 2020
1st January 2021 10am - 1pm
16th February 2021
24th/25th December 2021

Friday, 24.10.2008, Space04

Structure en abîme. Borges & Aleph, within the exhibition Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary. Collection as Aleph


Friday, 29.08.2008/07:00 PM , Space04

Artist Talk with Ján Mančuška


Monday, 28.04.2008/04:00 PM , Space04

Artist talk with Ernesto Neto