A War in the Distance



A cooperation between steirischer herbst ’22 and Neue Galerie Graz 


Curated by Ekaterina Degot with David Riff, Christoph Platz, Mirela Baciak, and Barbara Seyerl (steirischer herbst), with curatorial advice by Gudrun Danzer and Günther Holler-Schuster (Neue Galerie Graz)


Meeting point: Joanneumsviertel and Neutorgasse 45 (historical entrance), 8010 Graz


Guided tours (fixed dates): 23.9.–16.10.22, Sat and Sun 16:00, Thu 17:00
Special tours and workshops (bookable): 23.9.22–12.2.23 within opening hours

About the exhibition

This year’s edition of steirischer herbst centers on an exhibition in both wings of the first floor of Neue Galerie Graz. It combines historical works from the gallery’s collection with projects by contemporary artists, thus offering a rereading of the collection through the prism of ignored wars, hidden histories, and repressed conflicts.


Rereadings of Neue Galerie Graz’s collections have already been undertaken in the past, partly in the frame of steirischer herbst, often in search of forms and media prefiguring modernist and contemporary art. This time, the exhibition focuses on works that, in modernism-centered art histories, remained mostly in the shadows: 19th- and 20th-century works that were neglected due to their figurative and narrative qualities. These are linked to works by contemporary artists in different media, most of them newly commissioned. They provide artistic and curatorial comments to ominously peaceful artworks, amplifying the echoes of not-so-distant battles and their far-reaching consequences.


The exhibition is divided into chapters and arranged according to subjective curatorial choices, built on free associations and counterpoints. Its focus is on the political uses of painting, and its common thread is a growing sense of danger, connected to the veiled and open conflicts of Austrian history. These include historical grievances related to the loss of empire, the long history of colonialism, exoticization, and othering in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the dramas and struggles of class, as solemnly and playfully reflected in works of art.


A detailed exhibition guide is published for the opening and is available free of charge at Neue Galerie Graz and at the Visitor and Press Center of steirischer herbst.


List of Artists


Gabriel Abrantes
Friederike Anders
Keti Chukhrov
Josef Dabernig
Jannik Franzen
Aslan Goisum
Assaf Gruber
Emil Gruber
Flaka Haliti
Yuriy Illienko
Iman Issa
Zhanna Kadyrova
Rajkamal Kahlon
Iosif Király
Kateryna Lysovenko
Ekaterina Muromtseva
Henrike Naumann
Navaridas & Deutinger
Igor Friedrich Petković
Nihad Nino Pušija
Mykola Ridnyi
Willem de Rooij
Augustas Serapinas
Raed Yassin


Artists from the Collection of Neue Galerie Graz


Tina Blau (1845–1916)
József Borsos (1821–1883)
Hugo Cordignano (1882–1959)
Constantin Damianos (1869–1953)
Josef Danhauser (1805–1845)
Sandro De Alexandris (1939–)
Leo Diet (1857–1942)
Anny Dollschein (1893–1946)
Margarethe Donnersberg (1878–1966)
DRAGO (Dragoš Kalajić) (1943–2005)
Franz Ehrenhöfer (1880–1939)
Georg Eisler (1928–1998)
Zea Fio (1954–)
Emanuel Fohn (1881–1966)
Hans Fronius (1903–1988)
Krzysztof Glass (1944–2000)
Gabriel von Hackl (1843–1926)
Friedrich Holzhausen (1857–1923)
Karl Jirak (1897–1982)
Ludwig Kainzbauer (1855–1913)
Eduard Klenk (1885–1944)
Alois Krenn (1952–2021)
Franz Ehrenhofer (1880–1939)
Hans Mauracher (1885–1957)
Wilhelm Mende (Lebensdaten unbekannt)
Dušan Minovski (1953–)
Leopold Carl Müller (1834–1892)
Anton Nowak (1865–1936)
Erzherzog Karl Stephan von Österreich (1860–1933)
Adolf Pirsch (1858–1929)
Carl Pischinger (1823–1886)
Rudolf Pointner (1907–1991)
Johann Gualbert Raffalt (1836–1865)
Eugen von Ransonnet-Villez (1838–1926)
Anton Romako (1832–1889)
R. F. Rougon (Lebensdaten unbekannt)
Paul Schmidtbauer (1892–1974)
Alois Schönn (1826–1897)
Gustav Seyfferth (1850–unbekannt)
Fritz Silberbauer (1883–1974)
Rudolf Spohn (1905–1975)
Josef August Stark (1782–1838)
Heinrich Stegemann (1888–1972)
Karl Sterrer (1885–1972)
Johann Wachtl (1778–1839)
Franz Yang-Močnik (1951–)


Neue Galerie Graz

8010 Graz, Österreich
T +43-316/8017-9100


Opening Hours

Tues-Sun, public holidays 10am - 6pm

On October 10th and 11th, 2023, the Neue Galerie Graz will be closed due to renovation works. The studio exhibition (Ebru Kurbak), the exhibitione in the foyer (Alek Kawka), and the Natural History Museum (Walter Köstenbauer) will still be open for visitors.

Guided tours: 
Please visit our calendar.
Guided tours on advance notice

Library Opening Hours
Open by prior appointment:
+43-699/1334-6801 or bibliothek@museum-joanneum.at




10th/11th October 2023
24th/25th December 2023