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Image courtesy of Edward Clydesdale Thomson

Grazer Kunstverein is moving!

Grazer Kunstverein is conducting a feasibility study aimed at speculatively re-locating the institution. This performative public program unfolds alongside a continuous exhibition program, as a companion series of ephemeral events in test sites across the seventeen districts of the city of Graz. Conceived together with artist Edward Clydesdale Thomson in the context of Graz Kulturjahr 2020, this ongoing research project’s end goal is finding a new home for the institution.

The idea of moving presents us with an opportunity to rethink the role and function of the Kunstverein. What do we do and for whom do we do it? How would moving change or impact our current modes of production? What freedoms and challenges might we encounter with the simple gesture of leaving our four walls in the Innere Stadt? How might relocation enable us to actively question and critically reflect on the role of culture and the necessity of art in the city?

A central Depot at the Grazer Kunstverein acts as an information point, incubation hub, gathering place and evolving documentation space for all related activities, providing a permanent working site and touchstone for a kaleidoscope of exploratory events across the city throughout the year.

Depot 2020/21 by Edward Clydesdale Thomson. Photo by Christine Winkler

Depot re-launch on Friday 26 February
Grazer Kunstverein, Burggasse 4, 8010 Graz
With Edward Clydesdale Thomason and Irina Gheorghe

Join us on Friday 26 February 2021 to officially re-launch the Depot. On display will be the full cohort of functional artworks conceived and fabricated by Edward Clydesdale Thomson. Each sculptural object represents one district of the city of Graz, and acts as a way of anchoring each project to our permanent location in Palais Trauttmansdorff.

Image courtesy of Irina Gheorghe.

We are also proud to present a lecture performance by Irina Gheorghe, titled: Preliminary Remarks on the Study of What Is Not There. This live lecture performance sets the ground for the exploration of the unobservable. Of all the things which are not there, which are the ones which are and which are the ones which are not? How many things are there, which are not there, and what are the most appropriate methods to approach them? The performance draws a map of all the things which are not present in the space of the Grazer Kunstverein, from things which are to things which are not, from things which could be to things which could not be. It develops as a guided tour through this map, of which both the space and the viewers become part.

More information about the Depot re-launch event coming soon.

List of artists:
Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, Tai Shani, Anna Paul, Dennis McNulty, Alma Heikkilä, Fiona Hallinan, Emma Wolf-Haugh, Markus Jeschaunig and the Breathe Earth Collective, Fiston Mwanza Mujila with Patrick Dunst and Grilli Pollheimer AKA Bender Schulz, Bianca Baldi, Lukas Meßner, Damir Očko, Aimée Zito Lema and Becket MWN

2021 Documentation artists:
Bettina Landl, Christoph Szalay, The Schubidu Quartet

2021 Team:
Verena Borecky, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Ahmad Darkhabani, Tanja Gurke, Kate Strain

Grazer Kunstverein is moving! is supported by Graz Kulturjahr 2020 with additional support from the Mondriaan Fund.