Universalmuseum Joanneum GmbH

From Styrian female artists and women who hunt to photographic glimpses of Graz and the secret life of ants


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. Recently, the programme was presented by Cultural Secretary Christopher Drexler, City Councillor Günther Riegler, the two directors of the Joanneum Wolfgang Muchitsch and Alexia Getzinger, together with department heads.

Öl auf Leinwand, 48 x 62 cm, Foto: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

The Neue Galerie Graz places its focus on the Aspects of the Feminine in Contemporary Artworks, as well as on Styrian women artists themselves. From April onwards, a retrospective will acknowledge the work of the renowned Croatian artist Julije Knifer and in September the Neue Galerie Graz will cooperate with the steirischer herbst festival and transform the museum into a ‘palace of justice’. In the BRUSEUM the significance of music in Günter Brus’ work will be investigated in the show The Distant Sound. A cooperative show in the Austrian Cultural Forum in New York is also based on the works of the multifaceted artist. Highlights in the Kunsthaus Graz include solo exhibitions of the works of artists Bill Fontana and Herbert Brandl. Fontana’s works will be shown not only in the Kunsthaus, but also in city space with two live installations taking place. The Brandl show is the first time that the artist’s works will be brought together with his private collections and objects from the Joanneum. The exhibition on the early years of the California Institute of the Arts shows the production of art in 1970s and 1980s California. Moreover, cooperation with the MSU – Museum for Contemporary Art, Zagreb, Diagonale’20 and Klanglicht’20 is coming up in the form of Body and Territory, Jennifer Mattes and David Reumüller. The Institute for Art in Public Space will once again realise numerous projects throughout Styria, too; it is part of the 2020 Year of Culture of the City of Graz and will bring out an app in which artworks can be located and described in public space in Styria.

Performance in Brookside Park, Pasadena, CA, © Judy Chicago/Bildrecht, Wien 2020, Foto: Through the Flower Archives, Courtesy der Künstlerin; Salon 94, New York; Jessica Silverman Gallery, San Francisco

In two exhibitions relating to Graz and Styria, the History Museum is devoting itself to reworking the Kubinzky Collection, which contains the private archive of Graz historian Karl A. Kubinzky. In further exhibitions, the photographic work of Uto Laur is examined and in Go Graz Go the city surveyed by means of field research, the act of walking and taking photographs. The main theme of 55 Hours of Austria is devoted to the end of the Second World War 75 years ago. In the graphic prints exhibition, The Great Death, the Alte Galerie shows scenes of war and peace that arose during the period of the Thirty Years War. The special exhibition in the Archaeology Museum and the Graphic Collection titled The Romans on Schöckl Mountain as well as the show Hunting is Female. Diana and Actaeon in the Hunting Museum look further back into history. The exhibition On Slave Raiders and Aphid Farmers in the Natural History Museum offers insights into the way of life and behaviour of ant species in Styria. The Austrian Sculpture Park presents an artist-in-residence project from Gelitin at the Spring Celebration, offers tours by full moon and presents art in the open air from April to October. Finally, the Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing places its thematic focus in 2020 on Children’s Everyday Lives from days gone by, which were located between work and play.


Great changes are afoot next year at the Folk Life Museum, which is being restructured as part of the STEIERMARK SCHAU 2021 (Styrian Show) and which therefore remains closed from January 7 through April 9, 2020 for alterations to take place. Nonetheless, various events will accessible for visitors. The permanent exhibition will be unveiled in completely redesigned format at the re-opening in 2021 and the museum’s site will be optimised in terms of visitor usage by structural measures undertaken.




Statements on the 2020 programme


Regional Cultural Secretary Christopher Drexler

The annually rising number of visitors is proof of the exciting and diverse programme offered by the Universalmuseum Joanneum. I am particularly pleased by the multiplicity of themes made available to visitors in the coming year in the most varied projects and exhibitions. I believe the museum has succeeded in putting together an excellent programme for 2020.


City Cultural Secretary Günter Riegler

As the City Cultural Secretary, the Kunsthaus Graz naturally means a lot to me, and I am delighted to see what the museums of the Universalmuseum Joannem have achieved. In the coming year the exhibitions by Bill Fontana and Herbert Brandl round off the rich programme in the Kunsthaus.


Director of Science at the Joanneum, Wolfgang Muchitsch

With 25 new special exhibitions and hundreds of programme items in 19 museums, we are pleased to be able to offer the public a highly varied and multifaceted programme in the year to come, too.


Director of Finance at the Joanneum, Alexia Getzinger

We look back on a successful year in 2019 with great pleasure. Besides an increase in visits to all Joanneum museums of 14% overall, the Austrian Open-Air Museum Stübing was well integrated, and the CoSA was successfully set up.



Detailed information as well as picture material on the individual exhibitions can be found online at: Programme 2020



We look forward to your reporting and are happy to answer any inquiries or questions you may have.


Anna Fras
+43/664/8017-9211, anna.fras@museum-joanneum.at
Julia Aichholzer
+43/664/8017-9213, julia.aichholzer@museum-joanneum.at