Ridiculously Yours!

Art, Awkwardness and Enthusiasm


Opening: 12.10.2023, 7pm

6 pm HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark (welcome and opening speeches),
From 7 pm Neue Galerie Graz (exhibition tour and reception in the Rotunda).

Initiated and curated by Jörg Heiser (Berlin) and Cristina Ricupero (Paris)

With the kind support of
Land Steiermark
Verein der Freunde der modernen und zeitgenössischen Kunst am Joanneum

An exhibition of the Neue Galerie Graz and the HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark in cooperation with the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn and the Deichtorhallen Hamburg/Sammlung Falckenberg

The exhibition will take place at two venues in Graz:
Neue Galerie Graz and HALLE FÜR KUNST Steiermark.

About the exhibition

In modernism since the 19th century and in the classical avant-gardes of the early 20th century, there is a very specific dialectic at work: on the one hand, there are bold innovations, radical negation, and aesthetic dogmas; on the other hand, there is a certain kind of laughter that forms the basis for this exhibition project. It is a laughter that is fun and at the same time - without wanting to merely scandalize - undermines all conservatism, bigotry, morality and, not least, avant-garde dogmatism.

This exhibition flirts with the humor of disaster, bad taste, the camp approach, trash culture, science fiction, horror and porn, the do-it-yourself attitude of punk, so-called "outsider art," immaturity, idiocy, intuition and, of course, passion and enthusiasm.

The artworks are embedded in a specific environment together with movie posters, props, film clips, music videos, cartoons, pulp magazines and various gadgets. Instead of the pristine white cube scenario, the aesthetic of the space will be inspired more by amusement parks with their crystal palaces, haunted houses and oversaturated colorful worlds.

The exhibition will take place in Graz at two venues: the Halle für Kunst Steiermark and the Neue Galerie Graz.


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