The BRUSEUM represents a separate collection and research focus on the life and work of the world-famous Styrian artist within the Neue Galerie Graz and has a permanent exhibition area in the Neutorgasse museum building.

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Origin The long fostered wish of the Neue Galerie Graz, to establish its own Brus Museum for the internationally renowned Styrian artist Günter Brus - the "Bruseum” project - may now be a step closer thanks to a major collection acquisition initiated by Dr. Kurt Flecker, head of the Styrian Provincial Department for the Arts.


In 1992, when the Neue Galerie Graz presented the works of Günter Brus and the Viennese Actionists extensively for the first time as part of the exhibition Identity : Difference, only three drawings by the artist were part of the collection.


A major collection acquisition on the initiative of the then head of the Styrian Provincial Department for the Arts, Dr. Kurt Flecker, laid the foundation for a separate Brus Museum within the Neue Galerie Graz.


When the BRUSEUM opened on 26 November 2011, its collection comprised 19 films, 1,181 individual photos of 19 actions as well as 39 cycles and pictorial poems from a total of 499 sheets. Since then, the collection has been continuously expanded.


The Neue Galerie has placed a focus on the work of this artist for some time; a major retrospective was held in 2004 in cooperation with the Vienna Albertina in our building. Both the œuvre from the collection as also the extensive material on the artist in the Neue Galerie archive and the large bibliographic inventory comprised of the exhibition catalogues and the literary work of Günter Brus, is to be brought together both on site and in a digital database.

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A changing exhibition programme together with accompanying events such as symposia and film presentations are planned, with the intention of casting a serious research and critical light on the separate aspects of his œuvre and the mutual interaction of it with other forms of artistic expression. The aim of the "Bruseum” is to establish a permanent exhibition as a location of importance and with a high profile for the work of this artist in all its complexity and also to create a facility as a research institution that will be of a significance extending beyond the borders of Austria.

The BRUSEUM collection

Only three drawings by Günter Brus had formed part of the Neue Galerie collection in 1992, which was the year when, for the first time, the Graz-based gallery also presented a comprehensive selection of works by the artist and the Viennese Actionists as part of its Identität : Differenz (Identity : Difference) exhibition. In the late 1990s the foundation was laid for an extensive Brus collection, thanks mainly to the efforts of the Society of Friends of the Neue Galerie and the patron of the arts Dr Hellmut Czerny. In the following years the collection was also complemented by a complete set of photo portfolios of Brus’s actions.


In 2003, the year of the cultural capital, Brus illustrated the new edition of Leopold Sacher-Masoch’s novel Venus im Pelz (Venus in Furs) – the resulting 36-part cycle was able to be acquired for the Neue Galerie collection by special funds allocated to the Cultural Capital.


In 2004 the first call went out to establish a centre of excellence for Brus at the Neue Galerie; at least the 24-part pictorial poem Friedrich von Schlegel. Zehn Sonette (Friedrich von Schlegel. Ten Sonnets) was able to be acquired in the following year. In 2007 Dr Kurt Flecker, head of the Styrian Provincial Department for the Arts, agreed to purchase important works from the Viennese art market.


By this time the Neue Galerie already comprised some 451 works (4 informal works, 11 photo portfolios or vintage series with 135 individual photos, 45 action sketches, 22 drawings, pictorial poems or cycles with 123 single sheets, 26 publications by the Neue Galerie, 42 editions or graphic prints with 113 single sheets and 5 joint works).


It was on this basis that the contract establishing the BRUSEUM was signed on 26 October 2008 and endowed with a one-off purchase budget of € 1,003,600 with which essential works could be added to the collection. In 2009 the BRUSEUM also finally managed to acquire Brus’ literary works comprising over 700 notebooks, manuscripts and designs with more than 20,000 written pages. Moreover, Brus also permitted the BRUSEUM to make copies of all the photo negatives of his actions for exhibition and documentary purposes and also placed his documentation archive at the disposal of the Neue Galerie, which added it to the archive materials already in its collection.


When the BRUSEUM opened on 26 November 2011 its collection consisted of 19 films, 1,181 individual photos of 19 actions as well as 39 cycles and pictorial poems encompassing a total of 499 sheets. The collection has continued to grow since then with the inclusion of further portfolios, permanent loans and donations.

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