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16 February 2018

6.30pm: Speaking event with Isabel Nolan, marking the finissage of her exhibiton Curling Up With Reality, as part of the Winter Season at Grazer Kunstverein. Irish artist Isabel Nolan, in conversation with artistic director Kate Strain, will explore the making of meaning through contemporary art – encompassing a discussion of key cultural figures, from the disgraced Italian monk Giordano Bruno to the American artist Paul Thek, and politician/journalist/philosopher/arts writer Ernst Fischer to Nobel-winning Austrian author Elfriede Jelinek. Such figures have inspired elements of Nolan’s artistic practice, and more broadly her work for the Winter Season at Grazer Kunstverein, in ways that cross time and space, and give form to esoteric philosophical ideas through sculpture, painting and photography. This event is made possible with the kind support of the Irish Embassy in Vienna.

Past events

10 March 2017

6pm: Opening to celebrate the launch of the new artistic programme at the Grazer Kunstverein. Followed by CMRK exhibition openings at Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien (7pm), Camera Austria (8pm) and < rotor > (9pm)

11 March 2017

11am – 6pm: Fink’s is open

11am – 6pm: kunsttext.WERKSTATT VI:
day two of a three day workshop presented by kunsttext.werk at Grazer Kunstverein.

kunsttext.WERKSTATT VI is a three-day workshop that provides theoretical and practical foundations for the writing of reviews and self-publishing. During joint exhibition visits and in discussions with workshop guests, participants will take a look behind the scenes of contemporary art institutions and use the newly opened research space of the Grazer Kunstverein for text and magazine production. kunsttext.werk is an association that promotes networking within the scientific discipline of arts based research. Since 2009, the association has been pursuing the aim of stimulating research and text production amongst (young) art historians and cultural creators, offering opportunities for public exchange and interdisciplinary networking.

For more information visit

12 March 2017

11am – 6pm: Fink’s is open

11am – 4pm: kunsttext.WERKSTATT VI:
final day of a three day workshop presented by kunsttext.werk at Grazer Kunstverein.

Information on kunsttext.werk as above.

13 March 2017

11am – 6pm: Fink’s is open

6pm: ‘Beyond Socialist Modernism: Conceptual art and New Artistic Practices in Yugoslavia’, a lecture by Branislav Dimitrijević. Presented in collaboration with IZK Institute for Contemporary Art, TU Graz

Although highly contested and problematised, the term “socialist modernism” remains the operational historical term for the cultural policy of the socialist Yugoslavia from the early 1950s to the late 1960s. Along with the economic reforms and a social “liberalisation,” such a policy came under a critique aiming at its ritualised and passive role in the formation of the socialist society. What were the standpoints and practices and what were the consequences of this critique for the new generation of artists emerging with the student movements and new-left philosophies in the late 1960s and early 1970s?

Branislav Dimitrijević is Professor of History and Theory of Art at the School for Art and Design in Belgrade, and was formerly active as a contemporary art curator. The lecture is organized as part of the IZK Institute for Contemporary Art, TU Graz Theory Lecture Series in collaboration with the Centre for South-East European Studies – University of Graz, and with the support of Grazer Kunstverein.

15 March 2017

11am – 6pm: Fink’s is open

6:30–8:30pm: Evening event focusing on insights into Irish Culture, in advance of our members trip to Ireland in April. The event will introduce Irish culture through art, food, and other insights. Irish Artist Fiona Hallinan will prepare some special bites and drinks from Fink’s library of tastes at the Grazer Kunstverein. Kneissl Touristik will present Ireland as a travel destination as well as give expert information on their range of specialist tours to the region. We will also have representatives from Aer Lingus giving an overview of the practical links between Austria and the island of Ireland, along with representatives from Tourism Ireland, the organisers of the evening. Refreshments will be served.

This event is open to anyone with a general interest in learning more about Ireland. Places are limited to 30, so please register your interest in attending by sending an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

18 March 2017

11am – 6pm: Fink’s is open

7pm: Presentation of #3 Körper, Körperdinge (issue 2), a zine by Tortuga

Tortuga is a collective formed in Graz in 2013. Since then Tortuga occupies and moves along the in-between of art and critique. Following the issues #1 Grenze (border) and #2 Lärm (noise), Tortuga now find themselves on a long journey discussing Körper.

Programme for this event:
Audio Cinema: Two Parts Water One Part Oxygen, by Tortuga
Performance: Küchenkörper. Eine Aneignung der Frankfurter Küche, by Adina F. Camhy
Reading: Materialiserung des Blicks, by Lale Rodgarkia-Dara
Film: Trading Stories – A Cargo Named Desire (2015, 45 Min Omeu), by Jennifer Mattes

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19 March 2017

2–4pm: Vinegar Workshop with Anita Konig Local food producer and maker

Anita Konig will host a workshop at Fink’s on how to make vinegar using seasonal ingredients. Out of this workshop we will be developing a special vinegar for the Spring Season at Grazer Kunstverein. The workshop includes information on local oil, pesto making and tastings with home made bread.

Places are limited so booking is required, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to register your interest.

5–7 May 2017

Gallery Days

For Gallery Days the Grazer Kunstverein is delighted to present readings of Ernst Fischer’s work throughout the space of the gallery, on Friday 5 May at 4pm. We will also be collecting recipes for Fink’s – our library of tastes. Taking place on a long weekend in May, Gallery Days is a tour of the Contemporary Visual Arts Scene. Galleries and art institutions participate in a three-day exhibition tour. On Saturday, 6 May, Dr. Sabine Flach will present a special tour of selected galleries, commencing at 3pm at the Grazer Kunstverein.

During Gallery Days opening hours are 4–11pm on Friday, 11am – 7pm on Saturday and 11am – 5pm on Sunday.

9 May 2017

The Members Library

Join us for an evening with Dubravka Sekulic when she will make a presentation on ‘The Grand Domestic Revolution, A History of Feminist Designs For American Homes, Neighborhoods, and Cities’ by Dolores Hayden. This book, together with Silvia Federici's 'Caliban and the Witch' continues to inspire her practice today. It is also the first book she digitized four years ago. The Grand Domestic Revolution is a book that continues to inspire her practice today. During the presentation, she will explain why the book, first published in the 1980s to discuss spatial practices of 19th century material feminists, is as important today as it was then. Dubravka Sekulic is an architect researching transformations of contemporary cities, at the nexus between production of space, laws and economy. She is based at IZK, TU Graz. This presentation will be in English. The event will take place at 7pm at the Grazer Kunstverein.

23 June 2017

Opening to celebrate the launch of our summer season at the Grazer Kunstverein, with new works by Ruth E Lyons, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, and Edward Clydesdale Thomson.

The opening reception will take place at 7pm at the Grazer Kunstverein with a reading by Fiston Mwanza Mujila at 7:30pm.

As part of the CMRK network, the opening will be followed by those at Camera Austria (8pm) and < rotor > (9pm) and is preceded by an opening at Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien (6pm).

29 June 2017

Ernst Fischer at the Grazer Kunstverein

Half-day Conference dedicated to exploring the legacy and influence of Ernst Fischer, featuring talks by Marina Fischer-Kowalski and Eugen Gross among others, and a book presentation by CLIO: Association for History and Education. 


3pm: Brief introduction and welcome
(in English and German)

3:30pm: Talk by Marina Fischer-Kowalski
(in English and German)

4:30pm: Group presentation by Anousheh Kehar, Budour Khalil, Kassandra Kyriazis, Tamara Novkovic, Lung Peng, Amela Rendic, and Diana Raluca Vesa with Dubravka Sekulić, IZK/TU Graz (in English)

5pm: Break with snacks by Fink’s

5:30pm: Lecture by Eugen Gross: ‘Art in the focus of time’ (in German with English transcription)

7pm: Book presentation by CLIO: Association for History and Education, with Heimo Halbrainer, Ludwig Hartinger and Karl Wimmler (in German)

8:30pm: Reception with drinks by Fink’s 

This conference will take place on Thursday 29 June 2017, 3–9pm. Refreshments will be served and snacks will be available to purchase from Fink’s on the day. Capacity is limited so please register should you wish to attend, in order to ensure a place: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

23 September 2017

Opening to celebrate the launch of The Seed Eaters by Emily Mast as part of our autumn season. This new work is a co-production with steirischer herbst.

The opening reception will take place at 6:30pm at the Grazer Kunstverein. All are welcome, admission is free.

Live performances of The Seed Eaters will take place on the following evenings at 7:30pm at the Grazer Kunstverein:

Saturday 23 September
Sunday 24 September
Monday 25 September
Tuesday 26 September
Wednesday 27 September

Places are extremely limited. To reserve your place for one or more of the live performances, please email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Admission for exhibition/performances:
EUR 3,50 regular
EUR 2,00 reduced
Free admission for members

7 October 2017

2pm: Guided tour as part of steirischer herbst. Starting point at Kunsthalle Graz.

6pm-1am: Long Night of the Museums
Hourly improvised performances through the exhibition. The last performance starts at midnights.

10 October 2017

The Members Library

Join us for an evening with Anousheh Kehar. She will present a compilation of short stories by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie titled The Thing Around Your Neck. This book platforms storytelling as an act of presenting more than one story within a global discourse. In presenting this work, Kehar will offer insight into her own work and research, and what compels her to question, excavate, and communicate. Anousheh Kehar is a Master of Architecture candidate at the University of Houston and currently part of a joint-study program at the Institute of Contemporary Art (IZK) at TU Graz. Her research is situated in the juxtaposition of natural and built environments with complex constructs of socioeconomic, sociopolitical and legal frameworks. Her ongoing master’s project aims to activate the specific landscape and constructed knowledge of Omarska – location of a concentration camp in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1992, to reconsider notions of remembrance.

The event will take place at 7pm at the Grazer Kunstverein.

8 November 2017

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 7 p.m.

Reitschulgasse 17-19, 1. Stock, 8010 Graz

The next artist in our ‘Artists’ Homes’ series is Reni Hofmüller. In this series, artists born or working in the region of Styria present their work in a personal and often unusual context. This time, Reni meets us at her studio to tell us about her work exploring sound and acoustic resonance through sculptural antennas, with a particular focus on the hand made aspect of her practice. In articulating her own practice, the artist quotes Emma Goldman saying "I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody's right to beautiful, radiant things".

Reni Hofmüller (b. 1966, Innsbruck) is a Graz based artist, musician, composer, performer, organiser and activist in the fields of new media, technology, politics and contemporary art. She is the co-initiator/founder of 42, ESC I'm Labor, Radio Helsinki,, and various other art-related initiatives; part of Eclectic Tach Carnival, and member of IMA.

7 December 2017

Opening to celebrate the launch of our winter season at the Grazer Kunstverein, with new exhibitions by Isabel Nolan (Curling Up With Reality) and Ola Vasiljeva (The Decline of the Showpieces).

The opening reception will take place at 7pm at the Grazer Kunstverein. As part of the CMRK network, the opening will be followed by those at Camera Austria (8pm) and < rotor > (9pm) and is preceded by an opening at Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien (6pm).

12 December 2017

7pm: The Members Library with Wolfgang Kienreich


17 January 2018

11am-6pm: Seminar with Univ.-Prof. Dr.phil. Sabine Flach organized by Institute of Art History, Karl Franzens University Graz. This is a one-day student-led seminar featuring presentations by Jacqueline Emathinger, Julian Schnabl, Marie-Theres Steingassner and Victoria Schröder, investigating the practices of artists Ruth E Lyons, Thomas Hirschorn, Fiona Hallinan, and Christine Hill and their relevance to Flach's concept of Relational Aesthetics.

24 January 2018

7pm: The Members Library with Donny Mahoney. New Jersey born journalist Donny Mahoney will present the book ‘Joe Gould's Secret’ by Joseph Mitchell. This book is an account of the strange life of the shadowy Greenwich Village bohemian Joe Gould, who, during his life, claimed to be writing the longest book in the history of the world. Joe Gould's Secret is regarded as one of the greatest works of literary journalism in the 20th century.

31 January 2018

7pm: Artist’s Homes with Studio Magic, studio visit in Graz. Studio Magic is a collective of architecture makers. The team is scattered throughout Austria, with members in Graz and Innsbruck, Vienna and Bad Goisern. Studio Magic is interdisciplinary in the fields of architecture, urban research, exhibition and furniture design, and interventions in public space. Studio Magic will host an open studio visit during which members will describe the projects Neuberg College: A spatial strategy for a co-educational college, and Transegrity – the festival centre for the steirischer herbst 2017. This event will be in German and English. Studio Address: Klosterwiesgasse 14, courtyard, 1st floor, 8010 Graz

1 February 2018

7pm: Lecture by Vincent Normand, as part of IZK Theory Lecture Series, organised by IZK Institute for Contemporary Art, TU Graz. Vincent Normand is an art historian, writer, and occasional curator. He will present a lecture entitled The Open Secret of Exhibitions wherein the exhibition will be considered simultaneously as an apparatus of display and a form of art allowing for an understanding of the historical emergence of the “space of art” within the conceptual matrix of modernity: the anthropological, epistemic, aesthetic and political backdrops against which it emerged. The lecture will be in English.