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Programme 2020 at Universalmuseum Joanneum

In the coming year, the Universalmuseum Joanneum covers a wide range of themes in 25 new exhibitions. Among the highlights is the comprehensive show with views of Graz and Styria in the History Museum, which is based on the gift made by Karl A. Kubinzky.

In the summer the Kunsthaus Graz devotes a retrospective show to the painter Herbert Brandl and the Neue Galerie Graz sheds light on the work of both known and unknown Styrian women artists from 1850 onwards.

In the Schloss Stainz Hunting Museum, the theme is the role of the female hunter as it has developed historically to the present day, while in the Natural History Museum the focus is on the life of ants, often given too little attention. 

You can find an overview of the exhibitions and all program highlights in 2020.

UHU – Cut out sheet Gas Station, 1950s,

Our programme in April

Find out here what exhibits and programmes we offer in April.


Ongoing exhibitions from 2019 (open with a klick) Expand Box
F. J. Böhm, „Toni Schruf and miss Wagner on a summer sled“, 1931,

Franz Josef Böhm

Photo Pioneer of the Mürztal

27.04.2019-31.10.2020 > Rosegger-Museum, Krieglach: „Studierhäusl“

​​​​​​​The special exhibition sets out to show the varied life of the art and culture enthusiast Franz Josef Böhm, from actor to photographer, autograph collector and museum founder. more...

Sujet "Gipfelstürmen!", quer,

Peak Pioneers!

Styrian Expeditions to the Roof of the World

13.04.2019-31.10.2020 > Schloss Trautenfels

The exhibition shows the expeditions made by Styrians who tackled Asia’s highest peaks. The adventurous tales of climbing come to life through a multimedial presentation of historical and present-day documentaries, combined with original objects on display. more...

Subject, "The Earth's Thin Skin Our Soil",

The Earth's Thin Skin

Our Soil

04.10.2019-12.07.2020 > Natural History Museum

The international touring exhibition helps visitors understand the fascinating diversity of life in soil, and its functions. more...

Exhibitions 2020


Uto Laur, Lunapark at Grazer Ostbahnhof, about 1947,

The Future's Ours!

Amateur Photographs by Graz Resident Uto Laur between 1930 and 1970

31.01.-17.05.2020 > History Museum

The exhibition’s focus is on Laur’s photographs of Graz from 1930 to 1970. more...

Günter Brus, "Amadeuskonzert", 1979,

The Distant Sound

Günter Brus and Music

21.02.-28.06.2020 > Neue Galerie Graz, BRUSEUM

Günter Brus’ work is inseparably linked to his experience of music. more...

Sophia Süßmilch, Selbstportrait als Vergnügungspark, 2020

Sophia Süßmilch

Bei Langeweile öfter mal das ABC aufsagen

22.02.-19.04.2020 > Neue Galerie Graz, studio

The studio exhibitions can be visited free of charge. more...

Graz, Platz am Eisernen Tor (Bismarckplatz), picture postcard, about 1930,

Your Graz!

The Kubinzky Collection at the Joanneum

28.02.2020-31.01.2021 > History Museum

"Your Graz", the major city exhibition, is aimed at residents of Graz, and indeed at all those who are interested in the city with its many attributes. more...

Tipp: On Tour

Günter Brus, "Wiener Spaziergang", 1965 / 1989,
Exhibition, Externe Veranstaltung

Freedom will be an episode …

Exhibition Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, USA

06.03.-31.05.2020 > Neue Galerie Graz, Austrian Cultural Forum in New York, USA

In New York works will be shown by Günter Brus, Evamaria Schaller, studio ASYNCHROME, Josef Wurm and zweintopf. more...

Judy Chicago, "Orange Atmosphere", 1969,

Where Art Might Happen

The Early Years of CalArts

13.03.-07.06.2020 > Kunsthaus Graz, Space02

The opening of the exhibition on March 12th has to be cancelled due to the current regulations. The exhibition is currently closed. more...

Bill Fontana, "Hydro Power Landscape", 2019

Bill Fontana. Primal Energies

13.03.-07.06.2020 > Kunsthaus Graz, Space01

The opening of the exhibition on March 12th has to be cancelled due to the current regulations. The exhibition is currently closed. more...

Jennifer Mattes, Crashkugel, 2019

Jennifer Mattes

Atlantis Bars

20.03.-19.04.2020 > Kunsthaus Graz, Innenhof, Garderobe

CANCELLED: The exhibition has to be cancelled due to the current regulations. more...

Fan for women with jay feathers,

Hunting Is Female

Diana and Actaeon

18.04.-29.11.2020 > Jagdmuseum

Opening is postponed to: 18.04.2020, 11am
Hunting was and is not a field of activity confined to men. If we research into history, we see that hunting was certainly shaped by women, too. more...

Mara Schrötter-Malliczky, poster "Mirus. Antinikotin“ (edited), 1919,

Ladies First!

Women Artists from Styria 1850–1950

17.04.-30.08.2020 > Neue Galerie Graz

Opening: 16.04.2020, 7pm
The female art of Styria has never been analysed and presented in detail, so this project sets out to do so. more...


Julije Knifer


24.04.-30.08.2020 > Neue Galerie Graz

Opening: 23.04.2020, 7pm
Julije Knifer was one of the most internationally renowned artists from Croatia post-1945, who achieved world fame in the fields of concrete and conceptual art. more...

David Reumüller, "Ethiopia",

David Reumüller


30.04.-02.05.2020 > Kunsthaus Graz, Space04

CANCELLED: The exhibition has to be cancelled due to the current regulations. more...

face 2 face © Claudia Larcher

Claudia Larcher

face 2 face

01.05.-28.06.2020 > Neue Galerie Graz, studio

Opening: 30.04.2020, 7pm
The studio exhibitions can be visited free of charge. more...

Stefano della Bella (1610 – 1664), "Death on the Battlefield",

Death triumphant

Scenes of war

08.05.-02.08.2020 > Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg, Sonderausstellungsräume

Opening: 07.05.2020, 7pm
The graphic print documents, illustrates and criticises many aspects of war. more...

Roman finds from east summit of the Schöckl mountain,

The Romans on Schöckl Mountain

15.05.-31.10.2020 > Archaeology Museum, Schloss Eggenberg

Opening: 14.05.2020, 7pm
The exhibition is shown in two parts. more...

Sujet, "Ene Mene Muh", Freilichtmuseum Stübing,

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe – Who’ll Take Care of the Cow?

Children’s Everyday Lives between Work and Play

17.05.-31.10.2020 > Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing

Opening: 17.05.2020, 9am–4pm
The theme focuses on the everyday lives of children in former times. Farmers relied on an ample number of children as there had to be assurance that farm work could constantly be carried out. more...

"Graz du brauchst mehr Farbe!",

Go Graz Go

1,170 Kilometres of City

28.05.-04.10.2020 > History Museum

Eröffnung: 27.05.2020, 6 pm
Gerhard Melzer becomes an exemplary field researcher, and strikes out to cover, in systematically arranged marches on foot, every street, every park and public place in Graz. more...


Herbert Brandl

Ultra Hybrid

03.07.-18.10.2020 > Kunsthaus Graz, Space01, Space02

Opening 02.07.2020, 7pm
The show connects Herbert Brandl's paintings and sculptures, oscillating between abstraction and figuration, with his collections of minerals, Japanese knives, carpets and works by other artists.  more...

[Translate to English:] studio, Neue Galerie Graz,

studio 3

08.07.-06.09.2020 > Neue Galerie Graz, studio

​​​​​​​The studio exhibitions can be visited free of charge. more...

Leptothorax acervorum,

On Slave Raiders and Aphid Farmers

Ants in Styria

18.09.2020-11.07.2021 > Natural History Museum

Opening: 17.09.2020, 7 pm
The fascinating life of the 100 ant-species which can be found in Styria is presented by living animals, scale models and photos. more...

Neutorgasse facade,

good figure, bad future

27.09.2020-14.02.2021 > Neue Galerie Graz

Opening: 26.09.2020, 7pm
The building will be temporarily transformed into a ‘palace of justice’, which visitors can enter through the entrance located on Neutorgasse. more...

Permanent Collection

Aspects of the Feminine in Contemporary Art

09.10.2020-31.10.2021 > Neue Galerie Graz

Opening: 08.10.2020, 7pm
In the second part of the project, a selection of portfolios of both international and Austrian art from the Neue Galerie Graz are presented covering the last 30 years. more...

Dominik Steiger, "Selbstbildnis", 1967,

Dominik Steiger


16.10.2020-31.01.2021 > Neue Galerie Graz, BRUSEUM

Opening: 15.10.2020, 7pm
The BRUSEUM exhibition gathers together the most important works from Steiger’s extensive output. more...

"Vor den Toren der Stadt",

Forever Beautiful!

Styria in the Karl A. Kubinzky Collection

23.10.2020-31.01.2021 > History Museum

Eröffnung: 22.10.2020, 7pm
​​​​​​​The exhibition looks beyond the Year of Culture 2020 and towards the Steiermark Schau 2021 (Styrian Show). more...

Birgit Jürgenssen, "Ich möche hier raus!", 1976,

Body and Territory

13.11.2020-14.03.2021 > Kunsthaus Graz, Space01, Space02

Opening 12.11.2020, 7pm
The exhibition deals with the notions of the artistic process, body and identity in Austrian art from the 1960s until today. more...

Exhibition view „Artothek Steiermark 2019“,

Artothek Styria 2020

04.12.-06.12.2020 > Neue Galerie Graz, studio

Opening: 03.12.2020, 7pm
The Artothek Styria offers art enthusiasts the chance to hire selected originals from the Neue Galerie Graz for private use. more...


Art Space Styria 2020

18.12.2020-28.02.2021 > Neue Galerie Graz, studio

Opening: 17.12.2020, 7pm more...

Highlights 2020


Marta Navaridas: Onírica, 2020
Project, Performance


A dance installation by Marta Navaridas

21.02.-23.02.2020 > Kunsthaus Graz, Space04

In ONÍRICA, Marta Navaridas creates a physically intense and visually compelling play between three performers, in which emotional and physical states manifest themselves as live sketches. more...

Sujet "Wer ist der Nächste",
Event, Thementag

‘Location Nature’ Series: Who’s Next?

08.03.2020 > Natural History Museum

For 2020, the team for nature education, together with the scientists in the department of natural history, have chosen the native bat species. more...

Citizens of Graz crowd around the collectors of the "Kleine Zeitung" with the extra edition on the agreement on the State Treaty, April 1955,

55 Hours of Austria

Programme Focus

07.05.-09.05.2020 > History Museum

At History Museum, Archaeology Museum, Alte Galerie, CLIO, Forum Stadtpark, Graz Opera and Styrian Provincial Library. more...

Spring celebration,

Spring Celebration 2020

17.05.2020 > Austrian Sculpture Park

The Austrian Sculpture Park invites to its annual Spring Celebration! more...


Artists in Residence 2020

17.05.-31.10.2020 > Austrian Sculpture Park

For the 2020 Austrian Sculpture Park Artist-in-Residence Programme, we succeeded in attracting students from the Sculpture Department – Trans-medial Space at the Art University of Linz, under the tutelage of Ali Janka and Tobias Urban (Gelitin Artists’ Group). more...

Late Summer Celebration,

Late Summer Celebration 2020

13.09.2020 > Austrian Sculpture Park

In 2020, too, the Late Summer Celebration invites you to join in a relaxed afternoon of guided tours, a kids’ programme, music and culinary delights. more...

World Peace Day 2015,

International Day of Peace 2020

Kriegsmüde, friedensbereit?

21.09.2020 > Styrian Armoury

In 2020, too, as part of the UN-led International Day of Peace on September 21, the education team at the Styrian Armoury and History Museum invite participants to reflect on war and peace, under the title "Tired of War, Ready for Peace?" more...

Open House 2020, "Alles Farbe"
Event, Aktion

‘Open House’ Series 2020 - Above all, Colour!

powered by UNIQA

17.10.-18.10.2020 > Kunsthaus Graz, Space03, Space04, Needle

In 2020 we are taking the exhibition on Herbert Brandl titled Ultra Hybrid as a chance to take out the brushes and look at ways in which painting can still be thought about, beyond the artist’s easel and canvas. more...


The ‘Location Nature’ Series: Climate Change and Styria 2020

12.12.2020 > Natural History Museum

Its consequences can already be felt and are uncontested in scientific literature – the talk is of climate change. more...


KiöR – Mobile Navigation App

As part of a course at the FH Joanneum Graz in the field of study of information design intoto, a young start-up team was commissioned by the Institute of Art in Public Space Styria to design a mobile navigation app under various premises, in order to make art in public space in Styria accessible in an entertaining way. Thus, you can enter your location, the kind of transport and the time available, to be guided from one artwork to another. The app is intended to contain not only all projects realised by the institute, but also other works and relevant locations for public space, reaching back to 1945. 

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