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Programme 2021 at Universalmuseum Joanneum

We are happy to present our diverse exhibition program and a very special premiere in 2021:

The first installment of SHOWING STYRIA invites its visitors to explore the past and the present of our province, as well as its varied future prospects. This region-themed exhibition can be experienced at the History Museum, at the newly redesigned Folk Life Museum and the Kunsthaus Graz, as well as in a special mobile pavilion.

A show by a Danish artist group SUPERFLEX will be hosted at the Kunsthaus Graz, together with an exhibition by the artist Joanna Kandl

The History Museum presents the jewellery art of Wolfgang Rahs and works of Graz photographer Eugen Hauber.

With prints from the Early Modern period in the Death Triumphant exhibition, the Alte Galerie provides artistic insights into an era marked by wars. The Coin Cabinet displays magnificent Salzburg gold coins from the collection of Bankhaus Spängler, and the Natural History Museum also has an exhibition dedicated to the much sought-after noble metal of gold.

The Neue Galerie Graz continues to explore aspects of the Feminine in Contemporary Art, this time focusing on the 1960s and later years. Additionally, a complex exhibition project is dedicated to the artist Martin

and selected works by Joseph Pilhofer are presented to celebrate his 100th birthday. With the project Art Space Styria and in the studio exhibitions we show current art trends with the support of the Styrian Promotion Prize for Contemporary Fine Arts. The Bruseum project presents not only Picture-Poems by Günter Brus but also works he created together with Alfons Schilling around 1960.

In the CoSA - Center of Science Activities - special exhibitions work with the topic of sport and science and show in what way know-how from Graz contributes to space exploration.

Styrian writer Peter Rosegger's relationship with the forest is vividly illustrated at the Peter Rosegger Birthplace & Museum in the wald.heimat exhibitionand the annual theme of the Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing is dedicated to folk medicine.

In 2021, the Hunting Museum Schloss Stainz focuses on the role of womenin Hunting is Female, and Schloss Tautenfels tells once more the story of the Styrian Expeditions to the Roof of the World.

You can find an overview of the exhibitions and all program highlights in 2021.

Continuing exhibitions from 2020 (click to open) Expand Box
Sujet "Gipfelstürmen!", quer,

Peak Pioneers!

Styrian Expeditions to the Roof of the World

13.04.2019-31.10.2021 > 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...

Roman finds from east summit of the Schöckl mountain,

The Romans on Schöckl Mountain

24.07.2020-31.10.2021 > Archaeology Museum, Schloss Eggenberg

Since 2015 the Institute for Archaeology at Graz University has been researching the Roman excavation site on Schöckl Mountain in Styria. more...

Exhibitions 2021


"Fertig? Los!",

‘Ready?’ ‘Go!’

The History of Sport and Technology

27.03.-21.11.2021 > CoSA - Center of Science Activities

Opening: 26.03.2021
The cult of the body, record hunting and wellness oasis: an exhibition located in the zone of tension between sport, culture and technology. more...

"wald.heimat", Sujet,


Rosegger’s Dream and Reality

03.04.-31.10.2021 > Rosegger-Museum, Krieglach: „Studierhäusl“

What Rosegger was able to tell about these people and the forest, and what forests mean for us today – these are the themes addressed in the special exhibition. more...

SHOWING STYRIA: how it was

Space and History

Opening: 09.04.2021
The History Museum is the location for the question ‘how it was’. Here the relationship between Styrians, their province and its history is considered.



Worlds, Changes, Perspectives

From 10.04.2021
Opening: 09.04.2021
The Folk Life Museum undertakes a survey of the present social situation and of cultural forms of expression in Styria.


SHOWING STYRIA: what will be

Towards a Plurality of Futures

Opening: 09.04.2021
The Kunsthaus Graz ventures to glimpse into the future (various futures), posing the question as to how life may look in Styria in tomorrow’s world.


SHOWING STYRIA: who we are

Art, Diversity, Landscape

Opening: 09.04.2021
With the mobile pavilion SHOWING STYRIA travels to people throughout the various regions of Styria. Here, all visitors are invited to explore the various regions of Styria and get to know them better.



The Archbishops’ Gold

Salzburg Coins from the Collection of Bankhaus Spängler and the Universalmuseum Joanneum Coin Cabinet

29.04.-31.10.2021 > Coin Cabinet, Schloss Eggenberg

The exhibition shows a selection of these splendid gold coins more...

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

Death triumphant

Scenes of war

07.05.-12.09.2021 > Alte Galerie, Schloss Eggenberg, Sonderausstellungsräume

The early modern period is marked by war and its dramatic consequences for countries and people. Art, above all the popular graphic print, has handed down a vivid and often shocking image of it. more...


All Manner of Household Remedies

On Herbs, Ointments and Forgotten Healing Tradition

30.05.-31.10.2021 > Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing

Main Theme 2021
The special exhibition ranges from so-called farmer doctors and ‘all manner of healing knowledge’ to forgotten household remedies, farmers’ medicinal traditions and intended purposes typical of the region. more...


Günter Brus. Picture-Poems

18.06.-17.10.2021 > Neue Galerie Graz, BRUSEUM

Open House: 19.06.2021, 10am-5pm, free admission
The exhibition at the BRUSEUM, devoted for the first time exclusively to his picture-poems, shows the process of creation and diversity of this genre developed by Brus from the early 1970s to the present day. more...

Josef Pillhofer, "Sitzender nach links", 1968, Privatbesitz, Foto: UMJ/N. Lackner, © Bildrecht Wien, 2021

Josef Pillhofer

from 2 to 3 - 100 years of josef pillhofer

02.07.-24.10.2021 > Neue Galerie Graz

This exhibition is not a representative survey, rather it is the single view of several key questions formulated by Pillhofer in a most intriguing way. more...

Samson Ogiamien, „Iyagbons Spiegel“, 2019/20, Bronze, Foto: Samson Ogiamien

Samson Ogiamien

Iyagbon’s Mirror

23.07.-03.10.2021 > Neue Galerie Graz, studio

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

Sujet "Gold, Gold, nur du allein...",

Gold, Gold, Only You …

01.10.2021-17.07.2022 > Natural History Museum

Opening: 30.09.2021
In several regions of Styria remarkable alluvial gold findings have been made in recent years. more...

Martin Walde, „Timeline 2071“, 2021


Facts from Fiction – Fiction from Facts

06.10.2021-24.04.2022 > Neue Galerie Graz

Opening: 05.10.2021, 7 p.m.
Martin Walde, installation artist, sculptor and illustrator, explores the question of historicity in this exhibition. more...

Urs Lüthi, „Tell me who stole your smile (self portait)”, 1974,
Permanent Collection

Ladies and Gentlemen

The Fragile Feminist We

15.10.2021-30.10.2022 > Neue Galerie Graz

Opening: 14.10.2021, 7 p.m.
In a continuation of the historic show "Ladies First!", this theme is closely examined with works from the Neue Galerie’s international collection ranging from the 1970s to the present day. more...

Sujet Wolfgang Rahs, "Des Schmuckträgers vertrauliche Mitteilung", 1978,

Wolfgang Rahs

‘Seven Skills and a Lot of Bushes’

16.10.-12.12.2021 > History Museum

Opening: 15.10.2021
Wolfgang Rahs, Graz-based jewellery artist and long-standing teacher at the Ortweinschule, will show a cross-section of his creative work as part of and adjacent to the corresponding area of the Schaudepot. more...

studio, Neue Galerie Graz,

Melanie Ender

22.10.2021-23.01.2022 > Neue Galerie Graz, studio

Opening: 21.10.2021, 7 p.m.
The studio exhibitions can be visited free of charge. more...

Unbekannter Fotograf, Graz, Glacisstraße, Eugen Hauber blickt aus einer Dachluke, September 1926,

‘Herma Schloßberg, Rudi, Me and others …’

The Photographer Eugen Hauber

05.11.2021-03.04.2022 > History Museum

Opening: 04.11.2021
The Multimedia Collections devote themselves to a Graz photographer unjustly fallen into oblivion, whose photos have to date never been presented to the public. more...

Alfons Schilling, "Ohne Titel", 1960-61,

Günter Brus and Alfons Schilling around 1960

Dropping out of the Picture

19.11.2021-30.01.2022 > Neue Galerie Graz, BRUSEUM

Opening: 18.11.2021, 7 p.m.
1960 Günter Bruns and Alfons Schilling spend several months together on Mallorca, where they meet the young American artist Joan Merrit, who familiarises them with the painting of the ‘New York School’. more...

SUPERFLEX, "We Are All In The Same Boat", 2018,


Sometimes As A Fog, Sometimes As A Tsunami

26.11.2021-13.03.2022 > Kunsthaus Graz, Space01

Opening: 25.11.2021
The exhibition shows a selection of new as well as already existing works and sets its sights on capitalist enterprise as a factor triggering our realities. more...

Johanna Kandl, "Kawtar, Bou Azzer, Marokko", 2021 (Studioaufnahme H. & J. Kandl)

Helmut & Johanna Kandl


26.11.2021-13.03.2022 > Kunsthaus Graz, Space02

Opening: 25.11.2021
Palette pursues the question of where the paints, pigments and binding agents used in a painting come from. In this sense, every painting also represents a map. more...


Prize of the Province of Styria for the Promotion of Contemporary Visual Art 2021

10.12.2021-27.02.2022 > Neue Galerie Graz

Opening: 09.12.2021
The competition and exhibition are organised by Neue Galerie Graz. more...

Exhibition view „Artothek Steiermark 2019“,

Artothek Styria 2021

03.12.-05.12.2021 > Neue Galerie Graz

The Artothek Styria offers art enthusiasts the chance to hire selected originals from the Neue Galerie Graz for private use. more...



18.12.2021-10.07.2022 > CoSA - Center of Science Activities

Opening: 17.12.2021 more...

Highlights 2021



The ‘Location Nature’ Series: Who’s Next?

03.03.2021 > Natural History Museum


Late Summer Celebration,

Late Summer Celebration 2021

12.09.2021 > Austrian Sculpture Park

In 2021 the Austrian Sculpture Park invites you to the Late Summer Celebration to enjoy a relaxed afternoon with guided tours, a kids’ programme, music and culinary delights. more...


International Day of Peace 2021

Educational Programme

21.09.-25.09.2021 > Styrian Armoury

Conflicts, crises, wars – no chance for peace? more...

Sujet "Der Klimawandel in der Steiermark", 2019,

The ‘Location Nature’ Series: Climate Change and Styria 2021

10.12.2021 > Natural History Museum

Its consequences can already be felt and already beyond contention in scientific literature – we are talking of climate change. more...

Institute for Art in Public Space Styria: Project selection

Fotomontage Alfred Lenz, Kunstraum L201 (Sängerknaben),

Alfred Lenz. Art Space L201

Spring 2021

A plot of land with Alfred Lenz’s home that has evolved over decades lies close to Landesstraße 201. Through traffic increasingly runs along this street that was originally used by residents. A transparent construction will be erected here, one that includes the surroundings and generates discourse between art and public space. In front of or behind this sculptural setting, which makes the space visible and accessible in the first place, projects of various types will take place in the semi-public area in future.

Wolfgang Becksteiner, Coronadenkmal, Entwurf,

Coronavirus Monuments

May to year-end 2021

From a two-stage call for submissions of the Institute for Art in Public Space Styria and the Province of Styria for the erection of Coronavirus monuments in Graz and Styria, it was the designs of Wolfgang Becksteiner, Werner Reiterer and Michael Schuster that were most convincing. The three winning projects offer statements on and pose questions about our society.

Pedro Cabrita Reis, 2013, Venedig,

Pedro Cabrita. Reis ASSEMBLY

Summer 2021

Portugal’s most important sculptor today, Pedro Cabrita Reis (* 1956), a frequent participator at the Venice Biennale or the Kassel documenta and someone working at the intersection between art and architecture, has engaged intensively with the brick architecture of southern Styria.

NOSW Fahrt 2019, Route N, „Traum und Utopie“,

NOSW. Nie Ohne Seife Waschen (Never Wash Without Soap)

Four dates yet to be decided for 2021

NOSW –Nie ohne Seife Waschen (Never Wash Without Soap) is a successful project in the educational area. Four newly created journeys on specific themes are offered alongside diverse works of art in public space in the four points of the compass of Styria. In this way, new discoveries can be jointly experienced and made the subject of discussion.

Programme Universalmuseum Joanneum 2021: overview

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