Universalmuseum Joanneum GmbH

Original and unique piece, series and reproductions in Graz


What is the significance of an original work and a copy, of series and reproductions in art today? Two exhibitions in Graz address fundamental issues of artistic creation: Jun Yang turns his own show in the Kunsthaus Graz into the subject of investigation, while in the exhibition Too Much Is Not Enough in the Neue Galerie Graz, questions are asked about the nature of ‘art without a unique piece’. Both open on February 14th, 2019.

Jun Yang, Chinatown Graz, < rotor > im Rahmen von Graz 2003 - Kulturhauptstadt Europas, 2003

Jun Yang, Chinatown Graz, 2003 - Cultural Capital of Europe, Graz, 2003, Photo: Jun Yang

Jun Yang

The solo exhibition by Jun Yang in the Kunsthaus Graz is dedicated to fundamental questions of artistic practice: Besides the presentation of Yang’s works, the exhibition reflects authorship, constructions of identity and allocations of roles. How is artistic practice defined when exchanged with others? At the beginning of 2018, The Monograph Project by Jun Yang was published, a monograph totalling six volumes about the artist and his work, which challenges monographic conventions and biography. The format, cover and even spelling of the artist’s name changes from volume to volume. This is precisely what interests Yang: to break the narrative of authentic, brilliant creators – a narrative that has proven particularly well-suited to the branding of an artist and his/her work. The solo exhibition at the Kunsthaus Graz links up to this. The exhibition, like the monograph, becomes itself the subject of artistic investigation. With works by Siren Jung, Lee Kit, Paul McCarthy/Mike Kelley, Michikazu Matsune, Yuuki Nishimura, Yuki Okumura, Koki Tanaka, Bruce Yonemoto and Maja Vukoje.


Jun Yang is represented with a second project, The Emperor’s Ice, in the Austrian Sculpture Park in Premstätten at the same time. In November 2018 he had a block of ice cream buried in the ground, which will be dug up again on May 19th, 2019 as part of the Spring Celebration – reconstructed according to an old Chinese method whereby ice cream was preserved up to the summer.

Erwin Wurm, Aus der Serie „VOGL“, 2002,

Erwin Wurm, From the series „VOGL“, 2002, Collection Neue Galerie Graz, Donation Collection Artelier, Courtesy Edition Artelier

Too Much Is Not Enough

From the mid-1980s onwards, the Edition Artelier in Graz built up and operated an in-depth, globally connected collaboration with numerous artists, some of world stature. As a result, a collection of serial art covering more than 500 editions was created spanning more than three decades. After closing down, the Edition Artelier gifted this comprehensive and unique collection to the Neue Galerie Graz, so as to ensure continuity in its research as well as its availability to the wider public. The Neue Galerie Graz acknowledges this generous donation with the show Too Much Is Not Enough, whereby in particular the significance of serial art is examined, along with the essence of ‘art without a unique work’, of reproducible art, in the context of such terms as ‘original’ and ‘copy’.



Further information and picture material for downloading is available at: Jun Yang and Too Much Is Not Enough


Jun Yang
Kunsthaus Graz, Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz

In cooperation with Art Sonje Center, Seoul, and Neue Galerie Graz


Too Much Is Not Enough
Neue Galerie Graz, Joanneumsviertel, 8010 Graz