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Exhibitions 2017 | Varied programme of art, culture and science


You can find more information and photo material on individual projects at the following link: Programme 2017


Over 30 exhibitions at 9 locations, a re-positioning of the Museum im Palais and of the Flavia Solva, as well as the adaptation of the Kunsthaus foyer: all point towards an exciting year in 2017. In the year to come the Universalmuseum Joanneum also presents a highly varied programme of exhibitions and events relating to art, culture and science. 


‘This year’s visitor numbers have already shown that the public embrace the Universalmuseum Joanneum’s exciting programme, and that museums are increasingly noticed and visited. 2016 has been a record year, with more than 600,000 people passing through the museum’s portals. This immense faith in the institution has likewise been shown in the generous donations made, such as that of Helmut Suschnigg. I am pleased that the Neue Galerie Graz will next year take its place alongside the studio and the Kunstraum Steiermark as a venue for young Styrian artists,’ noted Christian Buchmann, State Cultural Counsellor, with pleasure at a press conference.

Joanneums-Direktor Wolfgang Muchitsch mit Kulturlandesrat Christian Buchmann bei der Programmpräsentation 2017,

Joanneums-Director Wolfgang Muchitsch with State Cultural Counsellor Christian Buchmann at the presentation of the Programme 2017, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/N. Lackner

A complete remake of the Museum im Palais

The Museum im Palais is to be comprehensively adapted, while at the same time the Multimedia Collections move to this museum location at Sackstrasse 16. From April 27th, a Schaudepot (display storage facility) presents the richness of the Cultural Historical Collection on the second floor, by means of 2,000 selected objects. The Multimedial Collections launch this with a spectacular discovery made in a loft in upper Sulmtal: the photographer Franz Fauth left behind more than 12,000 photographic documents in a hayloft, which were taken in the Deutschlandsberg area from 1888 onwards. The exhibition Fauth (28.04.–08.10.2017) shows for the first time selected photographs and documents from this extraordinary collection of objects.


In autumn three more exhibitions invite visitors to delve into the sheer variety of the Cultural Historical and Multimedia Collections: on November 17th the permanent exhibition Photo, Film, Sound opens, offering insight into the history of the Multimedia Collections. At the heart of this exhibition lie the tasks - both present and past - of this regional ‘media library’, which comprises some 2.5 million films, photographs and audio documents. Black Night of the City of Light, Glowing Province (17.11.2017–February 2018) is devoted to the period between sunset and sunrise. The photographs on display show what is still going on at night, a time of calm and silence. The semi-permanent exhibition City, Country, River (from 17.11.2017) that is staged in the historical rooms on the second floor of the Palais Herberstein shed light on Styrian history, drawing on a range of perspectives, and keeping in mind social developments.


Sculpture, Interaction and Architecture in the Kunsthaus Graz

Next year the Kunsthaus Graz mounts a total of seven exhibitions with works of both domestic and international artists. They start with the exhibition Dizziness. Navigating the Unknown (10.02.–21.05.2017), which tackles the topic of excessive stress based on a study carried out by the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. This feeling is all-pervasive these days and usually negative in connotation. Few people realise that a sense of whirl or dizziness – when deliberately employed – can also contain within it much creative potential. From March 24th Erwin Wurm (24.03.–20.08.2017) is a guest at the Kunsthaus Graz. The Styrian artist is to represent Austria at the Venice Biennale in 2017 together with Brigitte Kowanz. The exhibition in the Kunsthaus foregrounds a side to Erwin Wurm little known to date: elements of the performative, the participatory and the sculptural form are placed in relation to each other and to the Kunsthaus. Alongside the Wurm solo show, the Japanese artist Koki Tanaka (23.06.–27.08.2017) and the Korean artist Haeque Yang (23.06.2017–02.04.2018) present their works. Like Wurm, both are concerned with everyday life and with the processual element in sculpture. Tanaka is planning a work in Graz that is location-based, its starting point a significant event that has embedded itself in the collective consciousness. Yang asks well-known or famous personalities from Graz or Styria to lend a chair or table of their choice, thus generating a kind of portrait of the city and the province.


In autumn of 2017 both spaces in the Kunsthaus revolve around the building itself: with her two exhibitions Up into the Unknown (15.09.2017–25.03.2018) and Graz Architecture (23.09.2017–07.01.2018), Barbara Steiner devotes herself both to the architecture of the Kunsthaus and to architectural positions in Graz. Up into the Unknown in Space01 traces the making of ‘Friendly Alien’, showing what remains of the idea up to its realisation, and what has changed. The exhibition in Space02 shows works by protagonists of the Graz architectural scene and the variety of their positions, which are shown to be as much pragmatic and functional as aesthetic, expressionistic or cool.


New formats, anniversaries, portraits and art from Japan in the Neue Galerie Graz

In April the Neue Galerie Graz presents two completely different art movements from Japan in the exhibitions Yoshio Nakajima (07.04.–09.07.2017) and Japanese Colour Woodcuts (07.04.–20.08.2017). In the BRUSEUM the works of the actionist Nakajima are on show, and running parallel with that, Japanese colour woodcuts from the 18th to 19th century offer insight into the life and culture of Japan. With numerous works from our in-house collection, the show Portrait. From Waldmüller to Warhol (25.05.–03.09.2017) will range from the 19th century through Pop Art up to contemporary examples of portraiture. From September on steirischer herbst festival, celebrating its 50th edition in the year 2017, is guest in the Joanneum Quarter with its key festival exhibition (23.09.2017–End of 2017 (TBA)). Additionally the Neue Galerie – which was involved in programming the festival over many years – is also reviewing its own involvement, focusing primarily on the important Trigon exhibitions of the 1960s and 1970s (23.09.2017–28.01.2018). In the second half of 2017 the BRUSEUM is devoted to drawings of Victor Hugo (06.10.2017–14.01.2018), who is mainly known as a writer, yet whose drawings have time and again been reference points for such artists as Günter Brus.


From February 2017, the studio in the Neue Galerie Graz is once again up and running. This exhibition series served successfully from the 1990s to 2010 as a platform for young Austrian artists. This format both promotes and documents their work, forming a further presentation location for contemporary regional art alongside the Kunstraum Steiermark 2017 (07.12.2017–04.02.2018). The exhibitions in the Cabinet series recall the achievements of selected artists who were successful during their lifetimes, who then largely fell into oblivion later on. Finally, the Artothek Styria 2017 (05.–26.11.2017) also offers the chance next year for the public to rent high-quality fine art from the Neue Galerie Graz collection to hang up in their homes.


Two special exhibitions on ‘faith’

While the exhibition ‘A Stroke of the Hammer…’ (15.06.2017–08.01.2018) in the Museum im Palais concentrates on the anniversary ‘500 years of Protestant faith’, with particular focus on Styria, the exhibition God and the World. What do we believe in? (06.04.–31.10.2017) in Schloss Trautenfels is dedicated to investigating mankind’s fundamental spiritual needs, approaching this theme from both a philosophical and religious theory angle, as well as the dialogue between the world religions.


Educational themes 2017

In the Kunsthaus Graz the new series Big Wirbel (21.-23.04.2017) begins, an annual event that in the year to come follows the motto, ‘Material and technology’: textiles are at the heart of it, matching the Erwin Wurm exhibition, which is complemented in content by the ‘Huge Fuss’. For the fourth time now, a day of action will take place, the World Peace Day (21.–24.09.2017), in three locations: the Styrian Armoury, the Museum im Palais, and the Folk Life Museum. A multifaceted programme for adults and youngsters with readings, talks and workshops sheds light on how conflicts come about, offering alternative ways of handling differences.


Further museum highlights

The Folk Life Museum is concerned with the one piece of furniture in which we probably spend the greater part of our life: the exhibition In Bed (30.06.2017-end of 2018) shows the bed as the point where we step into the world of dreams, and as the location of significant events in our lives – yet also bears witness to lethargy, exhaustion, desperation, security and passion. In the Natural History Museum the exhibition SEXperts (05.05.–08.10.2017) explores sexual reproduction in the animal world: smells and colours, light signals and song allure sexual partners; bridal presents are presented, rivals beaten, courtship dances performed, chase is given, and much more besides. As part of the EU project Museum as Toolbox initiated in 2015, an exhibition of the same name has been created which will be on show in the Kunsthaus Graz from September 8th to October 15th, 2017. This experimental show develops a ‘talking museum’, based on a concept devised jointly by five museums (Kumu Tallinn, Muzeum Sztuki Lodz, MSU Zagreb, Museion Bozen, Kunsthaus Graz): it links up local history with museum collections and new, commissioned interventions that have been created in the museums involved, forming along the twin concepts of activation and experience.


The Institute for Art in Public Space Styria is dedicated to the theme of light in April 2017, and presents the installation of the LASACT artists’ collective in the Joanneum Quarter on April 7th. Pedestrians can interact directly and indirectly with this artwork. Brigitte Kowanz, who will play at the Austrian Pavilion of the Venice Biennale in 2017 along with Erwin Wurm, will realise a specific work in the entrance area of the Palais Herberstein from April 27th, which makes this zone open up in a visual sense, and more amenable to experience. Up to early 2017, Flavia Solva will be going through a relaunch, the results of which are to be presented at the festival ‘Aufrömern’ to take place on May 24th 2017. The former expansion of the ancient city will be made even more clearly visible, with additional information for visitors on offer in the open-air grounds, and new findings from Flavia Solva exhibited in the newly designed ‘display window in the Roman era’. In the Austrian Sculptural Park, the Spring Celebration (May 21st, 2017) and the Late Summer Celebration (September 10th, 2017) will take place this year, too. In spring the Artist in Residence there is the Breath.earth.collective, which designed the Austrian pavilion at the EXPO 2016, and is now developing a specific work for the park. At the late summer celebration, the second part of the sculpture plamen (ad II) by Plamen Dejanoff will finally be presented.


You can find picture material and further information on individual projects under the following link: www.museum-joanneum.at/press/Programme17


I look forward to your reports, and am very happy to be available for any queries you may have at any time.


With warm regards
Anna Fras