Universalmuseum Joanneum GmbH

Retrospective of the renowned artist


Since December the new exhibition Julije Knifer. Uncompromising is accessible to visitors for the first time. Knifer is one of Croatia’s best-known artists post-1945 and attained world-wide fame with his meander pictures.

aus einer 10-teiligen Fotoserie, 21 × 29,7 cm, 1977, Schenkung des Künstlers, © Bildrecht Wien, 2020

Julije Knifer is among the most prominent international artists post-1945. With his significant meander pictures, he created icons of contemporary art, exhibiting at numerous important places throughout the world. Drawing on constructivist traditions of the ‘Nove Tendencije’ and in the aftermath of the post-expressive, conceptual-minimalist trends in painting in Europe and the United States in the 1950s, Knifer arrived at his defining motif around 1960 with his meander paintings. The retrospective Julije Knifer. Uncompromising covers a wide spectrum of the artist’s comprehensive body of work. Beginning with Knifer’s earliest works from the late 1940s, in which the artist sought his path to the ideal picture or ‘anti-picture’ in numerous formal experiments that drew from the achievements of Modernism, the show continues through the intensive unfolding of the meander motif from around 1960, up to the late works of the 1990s.


The exhibition in the Neue Galerie Graz takes place in cooperation with the Muzej Suvremene Umjetnosti (MSU)/Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art, Zagreb, and, alongside the works held by the Zagreb museum, presents numerous loan items from private owners, too. The show has been curated by Radmila Iva Janković (MSU Zagreb). The exhibition was originally meant to run in the first half-year of 2020 to mark the EU presidency of Croatia, but has had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It has been open to the public since December 8th.


Although an exhibition opening or press conference could not take place due to the present situation, the head of the Neue Galerie Graz, Peter Peer, is happy to be available for interviews and discussions by appointment.



Further information and picture material can be found online at:
Julije Knifer. Uncompromising


Julije Knifer. Uncompromising

Neue Galerie Graz, Joanneumsviertel, 8010 Graz






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


With kind regards

Julia Aichholzer
+43/664/8017-9213, julia.aichholzer@museum-joanneum.at

Alexandra Reischl
+43/699/1780-9002, alexandra.reischl@museum-joanneum.at