Image, Reality and Research from 1960 until 1980

From the Collection


Opening: 02.06.2016, 7pm
Curated by: Gudrun Danzer and Günther Holler-Schuster

Parallel to the exhibition media block-richard-kriesche, the Neue Galerie Graz shows those tendencies that Kriesche’s art is based on and the context that enables us to understand it: from 1960 to 1980, art opened up radically new territory. The image as expression of an individual personality was given up for the reflection of single elements of the panel painting and the exploration of visual perception. That led in turn to the withdrawal from the image in the traditional sense.


Visual artists turned to the new media of image generation – the computer, television, video – and in their works turned the effects of these media on art and public life into their themes. Technological progress became the prerequisite in terms of contents so as to understand art no longer in a symbolic sense, but rather to define it as part of reality, and acting with it. Media reality and actual reality thus become a new determining level of awareness.


At the time, the Neue Galerie Graz, with its ‘trigon’ exhibitions and ‘International Painters’ Weeks’‚ was one of the hotspots of this avant-garde scene. For this reason, works of these artists found their way into the collection, enabling us now to offer visitors a journey through the various stages of evolution of these pioneering artists.

Works on show by:

Marc Adrian, Aperque, Marina Apollonio, Art & Language, Imre Bak, Josef Bauer, Gottfried Bechtold, Otto Beckmann, Max Bill, Hartmut Böhm, Agostino Bonalumi, Ernst Caramelle, Franco Costalongo, Petar Dabac, Braco Dimitrijević, Piero Dorazio, Nuša und Screco Dragan, János Fajo, Robert Filliou, Hans Florey, Rainer Ganahl, Heinz Gappmayr, Tibor Gáyor, Jochen Gerz, Roland Goeschl, Lily Greenham, Károly Halász, Peter Hauser, Marta Hoepffner, Peter Gerwin Hoffmann, Eilfried Huth, Katase Kazou, Julije Knifer, Milan Knižak, Jiri Kovanda, Felicitas Kruse, Ugo La Pietra, Julio Le Parc, Bernhard Leitner, Gerhard Lojen, Dora Maurer, Christiana Moldi-Ravenna, Marcello Morandini, François Morellet, István Nádler, Maurizio Nannucci, Hermann Painitz, Helga Philipp, Paolo Piva, Sigmund Polke/Gerhard Richter, Vjenceslav Richter, Bridget Riley, Alfons Schilling, Jörg Schlick, Ruth Schnell, Šempas-Familie, Erwin Thorn, Jorrit Tornquist, Franco Vaccari, Victor Vasarely, Peter Weibel, Ludwig Wilding, Erich Wonder, Gustav Zankl among others.


‘trigon’ exhibitions and ‘International Painters’ Weeks’

Neue Galerie Graz

8010 Graz, Österreich
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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.

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