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The Grazer Kunstverein is closed 22 December 2018 – 6 January 2019.


Winter at Grazer Kunstverein
7 December 2018 – 22 February 2019

As part of the Winter Season Grazer Kunstverein is proud to present two new exhibitions by Netherlands based Iranian artist Mehraneh Atashi and Austrian artist Angelika Loderer. The opening will be preceded with Lunch and Talks: In anticipation of leftovers, a one-day event with readings, recitals and performances on Friday 7 December 2018, from 2–5pm. Contributions to this event will be made by a host of invited guests including Arnisa Zeqo, Pádraic E. Moore, Sophie Tappeiner, Collectors Agenda, The Department of Ultimology, and The Institute of Things to Come. The Lunch and Talks programme is followed by the official opening of two new exhibitions at 6pm, in the frame of CMRK.


Mehraneh Atashi
Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan, and Derelict


Mehraneh Atashi, The limits of the earth from shore to shore, 2017

This major new exhibition by Amsterdam based artist Mehraneh Atashi combines her distinctive visual vocabulary with haptic sculptural components that envelope and inhabit the space of the gallery from floor to ceiling. Atashi is rising a phoenix from the ruins, taking The Canticle of the Birds, where plurality becomes singularity, as a starting point. Her coded sculptural world is collaged together with found and adapted footage and forms, set upon a stage of craters, dunes, caves and crevices. Through an exploration of the four kinds of shipwreck Atashi’s work chronicles a personal journey, creating a universe out of debris, a story out of scraps, patchworked together to reveal an inner ecology that is constantly transforming.

Mehraneh Atashi is an Iranian artist living and working in Amsterdam. Since her BFA in photography in Tehran, and her postgraduate education at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, she has developed a body of work consisting of assemblages, sculpture, photography and video. Shifting between conceptualism and materiality, imagery and iconography, her practice explores the possibility of becoming within static systems as well as concepts of gaze. Her work has been awarded with the Mondrian Stipendium for Established Artists in 2014, and presented in experimental solo and group exhibitions in Los Angeles, London, Bratislava, Reykjavík, Berlin, Salzburg and Amsterdam.

Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan, and Derelict by Mehraneh Atashi is generously supported by the Mondriaan Fund.


Angelika Loderer
Poems to Gadgets


Angelika Loderer, Romanze, 2018

In her new exhibition, Loderer captures time by casting temporary models made from snow and ice into permanent sculptural works. The performative sculptural technique she employs to achieve this method materially records a moment of loss or change, while simultaneously destroying that which it recreates. Within this reflexive process, and throughout her broader artistic practice, Loderer tests and stretches the physical parameters of her materials. In this way she continues to mine ideas around positive and negative space, matter and its absence, the organic and the man-made, the past and some possible futures.

Angelika Loderer, born in 1984 in Feldbach, Styria, lives and works in Vienna, Austria. Loderer studied at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, at Wimbledon College of Art, London as well as at Hendrix College, Arkansas, USA. Recent solo exhibitions include at Sophie Tappeiner, Secession, Vienna, 2017; Salzburger Kunstverein, 2016; and Dortmunder Kunstverein, 2015. Her work has been shown in group exhibitions in Turin, Sydney, Berlin, Frankfurth and Mexico City. In 2016 Angelika Loderer won the Dagmar Chobot Prize for Sculpture. She has been nominated for the Kapsch Contemporary Art Prize 2018. Upcoming projects include participation in a group show curated by Domenico de Chirico in Turin and a solo show next year in Gallery Sophie Tappeiner.


Lunch and Talks: In anticipation of leftovers
2–5pm, Friday 7 December 2018

With contributions from Arnisa Zeqo, Pádraic E. Moore, Sophie Tappeiner, Collectors Agenda, The Department of Ultimology, and The Institute of Things to Come.


Image courtesy of Fiona Hallinan

What can emerge from wreckages and leftovers? A one-day meeting brings together artists, curators, writers and researchers to discuss endings as new beginnings, and to celebrate the opening of the Winter Season at Grazer Kunstverein. Writer and curator Arnisa Zeqo will read an extract from a specially commissioned text inspired by the presence and gestural role of the hand in contemporary art. Curator and writer Pádraic E. Moore will present a collage of spoken word, music and moving image. This presentation will feature excerpts from an essay recently written by Moore on the work of Atashi and will focus on the decadent appearance of the artist’s work as well as her penchant for combining natural and synthetic matter. Valerio Del Baglivo, founder of The Institute of Things to Come, will speak about the practice of the itinerant institute, aimed at investigating futurology and speculative imagination. Sophie Tappeiner will speak briefly about the work of Angelika Loderer, offering insights into her production process. These insights will be further extended by Florian Langhammer, editor in chief of art platform Collectors Agenda, who will present an edition of sculptural work by the artist. Lunch will be prepared by artist Fiona Hallinan of the Department of Ultimology, who will also give a short performative demonstration ending in the production of a seasonal and warming winter cocktail.

To book a place in the Lunch and Talks programme please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to confirm attendance. Registration is free of charge, but capacity is limited and preference is given to members of Grazer Kunstverein.

Lunch and Talks: In anticipation of leftovers is kindly supported by the Embassy of Ireland in Vienna.