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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 www.grazerkunstverein.org/kunsttextwerk/


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 Dimitrijevic. 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 Dimitrijevic 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

For more information see: www.tortuga-zine.net


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. 

Schedule:

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 Sekulic, 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, mur.at, 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.
http://izk.tugraz.at/events/the-open-secret-of-exhibitions/


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.


8 March 2018

6:15pm: Lecture by visiting artist Niamh O’Malley at the Institute of Design & Communication at FH Joanneum, organised in the frame of Anke Strittmatter’s lecture series ‘Künstlerische Environments’, in collaboration with Prof. Karl Stocker, programme director of Exhibition Design. This lecture is open to the public. The language of the event will be English.


9 March 2018

8pm: Opening to celebrate the launch of the Spring Season at Grazer Kunstverein, with two new exhibitions; She Who Speaks by Carl Johan Högberg and Foiled Glass by Niamh O’Malley. An opening reception will take place at 8pm at the Grazer Kunstverein, with refreshments provided by Das Gramm. As part of the CMRK network, the opening will be preceded by those at < rotor > (6pm), Camera Austria (7pm) and followed by a talk at Künstlerhaus Halle für Kunst & Medien (9pm). A free shuttle bus will offer return transport from Vienna to Graz for the occasion. Details available at www.cmrk.org


13 March 2018

7pm: Talk by Ines Weizman, professor of architecture theory at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar where she also directs the Bauhaus-Institute for History and Theory of Architecture and Planning and the Centre for Documentary Architecture. Weizman will present a lecture at Grazer Kunstverein in the frame of Exhibiting / IZK Theory Lecture Series, organised by IZK Institute for Contemporary Art, TU Graz. The main language of this event will be English.


14 March 2018

7pm: Talk by Jelena Vesic, independent curator, writer, editor and lecturer, who is based in Belgrade. Vesic will present a lecture at Grazer Kunstverein in the frame of Exhibiting / IZK Theory Lecture Series, organised by IZK Institute for Contemporary Art, TU Graz. The main language of this event will be English.


14–18 March 2018

Urbanity and Province in New Austrian Cinema: a four-day film seminar developed in co-operation between University of Vienna’s Department for Theatre, Film and Media Studies and Diagonale Festival of Austrian Film, with film scholar Georg Vogt. The course will focus on the Diagonale Specials ‘Zum Kollektiv: Filmladen’ and ‘Kein schöner Land – Blicke in die Provinz, Blicke aus der Provinz’. The main language of these classes will be German. Members who are interested in participating in these discussions with the seminar group may contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


15 March 2018

6:15pm: Lecture by visiting artist-in-residence Carl Johan Högberg at the Institute of Design & Communication at FH Joanneum, organised in the frame of Anke Strittmatter’s lecture series ‘Künstlerische Environments’, in collaboration with Prof. Karl Stocker, programme director of Exhibition Design. This lecture is open to the public. The language of the event will be English.


20 March 2018

7pm: Talk by Petar Milat, philosopher and programme co-ordinator at Multimedia Institute – MaMa, Zagreb. Milat will present a lecture at Grazer Kunstverein in the frame of Exhibiting / IZK Theory Lecture Series, organised by IZK Institute for Contemporary Art, TU Graz. The main language of this event will be English.


4 April 2018

7pm: The Members Library with Isabella Kohlhuber presenting her monographic publication htb, published by Verlag für moderne Kunst in 2017. The book reflects on Kohlhuber’s typographically-rooted arts practice, with an overview of selected works and projects, and text contributions by Victoria Dejaco and Dirck Möllmann. The main language of this event will be English.


13 April 2018

7pm: Talk by Krist Gruijthuijsen, director of KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin and former artistic director of Grazer Kunstverein. Gruijthuijsen will be in conversation with artistic director Kate Strain to reflect on his time in Graz, his relationship with the city, his thoughts on the current cultural scene and the impact of the programme he developed at Grazer Kunstverein. The main language of this event will be English.


18 April 2018

7pm: Artists' Homes with Dorit Chrysler, sound artist, producer, singer, and co-founder of The NY Theremin Society with branches in New York and Paris. For this event Chrysler will share insights into her artistic practice, her work in musical composition, and her love affair with the theremin. A short tour of the Schaumbad studio complex will precede the event, and light refreshments will follow. The main language of this event will be English. Studio Address: Schaumbad - Freies Atelierhaus Graz, Puchstraße 41, 8020 Graz.


4–6 May 2018

Gallery Days: during Graz’s annual Gallery Days weekend Grazer Kunstverein proudly presents tours of current exhibitions She Who Speaks by Carl Johan Högberg and Foiled Glass by Niamh O'Malley. There will be a dedicated Gallery Days tour of the exhibition on Saturday 5 May.

16 May 2018

1pm: The Members Library Children's Edition with Christina Simmerer and Linda Konrad. Join us for our first Children's Edition of The Members Library, during which Simmerer and Konrad will discuss the fantastical significance of Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's 2009 book Crazy Hair. Light lunch will be served, and children are especially welcome. The language of the event will be German and English.


7 June

7pm: Opening to celebrate the launch of the Summer Season at Grazer Kunstverein, with three new projects; On Sleep Stones by Nadia BeleriqueWords After the World by Christian Nyampeta, and Non-Functional Thoughts by Cesare Pietroiusti. The ongoing research project If Michael Asher by Triple Candie also continues with its second iteration. An opening reception takes place from 7pm, with delicious refreshments specially made by Das Gramm for the occasion. All are welcome.

 

13 June

10am - 4pm: Seminar on Art, Relational Aesthetics and Political Responsibility. Organised by Univ.-Prof. Dr. phil. Sabine Flach in the frame of the research project Kleider Machen Leute. This day-long seminar will feature presentations from Sabine Flach (Institute for Art History / Chair of Modern and Contemporary Art / Project Management), Kristopher Holland (University of Cincinnati), Kate Strain (Grazer Kunstverein), Marie-Theres Steingassner (Institute of Art History), Anja Lindbichler (Institute of Art History), Martin Griesbacher (Institute of Sociology) and Sabine Hirzer (Institute of Art History). Contributing researchers have developed papers responding to projects as part of the 2017 artistic programme of the Grazer Kunstverein. All are welcome to attend. The event will be in English and German. For more information and programme schedule please see: https://kleider-machen-leute.uni-graz.at


13 June

7pm - 9pm: Ethnography, Dance, and Media of Embodiments: Literary scholar Piet Devos, sonic interaction designer Florian Grond, and choreographer, dancer and performer Anne Juren offer new approaches to blind (auto)-ethnographies. Combining an interactive dance performance with a verbal presentation on binaural recordings, the contributors critically explore art and media practices that allow us to approach perceptions and perspectives of blind experiences. Organised by the Center for Intermediality Studies in Graz (CIMIG), and hosted by Grazer Kunstverein. All are welcome to attend. The event will be in German and English.

For more information about events related to Critical Disability and Intermediality please see: https://intermediality-centre.uni-graz.at/en/


14 June

6pm: Working Group meeting, translations with Christian Nyampeta. Each meeting will consist of reading, discussion, writing and refreshments. Attendance is open to all. No experience is necessary but a working knowledge of French, German and English is an advantage.


27 June

6pm: Working Group meeting, translations with Christian Nyampeta. Each meeting will consist of reading, discussion, writing and refreshments. Attendance is open to all. No experience is necessary but a working knowledge of French, German and English is an advantage.


2–6 July
10am–1pm and 3pm–5pm: Five-day workshop with Cesare Pietroiusti. This workshop will explore artistic processes based on Pietroiusti’s new bi-lingual publication Non-Functional Thoughts. Participants will undertake a series of micro conceptual art projects using everyday objects, practices, props and people. Unconventional thinking and artistic ideas will be applied to all kinds of contexts and situations, culminating in a performance-based presentation in Fürstenfeld on Friday 6 July, as part of Mariainsel - Wasser Biennale Fürstenfeld 2018. Participants will each receive a copy of Pietroiusti’s handbook Non-Functional Thoughts. Refreshments will be provided during working hours. Travel costs between Graz and Fürstenfeld will be reimbursed. To participate or find out more about the project please see the Workshops section of our website or email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


5 July

7pm: Presentation at Museum Pfeilburg as part of Mariainsel- Wasser Biennale Fürstenfeld 2018. Mariainsel is a project by Alfredo Barsuglia for the 6th Water Biennale in Fürstenfeld 2018. Contributors to the discussion include Alfredo Barsuglia, Günther Pedrotti, Cesare Pietroiusti and Kate Strain. Address: Museum Pfeilburg, Klostergasse 18, 8280 Fürstenfeld. See more information at http://www.museum-pfeilburg.at/


6 July

7pm: Opening of Cesare Pietroiusti’s project for Mariainsel- Wasser Biennale Fürstenfeld 2018, organised by Alfredo Barsuglia and Günther Pedrotti. At the invitation of Günther Pedrotti, the initiator of the 6th Water Biennale Fürstenfeld, the artist Alfredo Barsuglia built an island on the Feistritz, which he named after the most common name of the region, namely Mariainsel. Barsuglia, similar to a director of an arts and culture festival, has appointed six curators of visual arts, performance and music, who will organize diverse art-projects during the summer months of 2018. The openings of these projects take place every second Friday from 8 June from 7pm onwards. Address: Mariainsel, opposite Badstrasse 1, 8280 Fürstenfeld. See more information at www.mariainsel.at


11 July

7pm: The Members Library with Markus Jaroschka. He will present the book Zeit der Zauberer. Das große Jahrzehnt der Philosophie 1919-1929 by Wolfram Eilenberger. Published in March 2018, this book explores the importance of philosophers like Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Benjamin and Cassirer during the years 1919-1929. This event will be in German.


17 July

4pm: Working Group meeting, translations with Christian Nyampeta. Each meeting will consist of reading, discussion, writing and refreshments. Attendance is open to all. No experience is necessary but a working knowledge of French, German and English is an advantage.


18 July

7pm: Artists’ Homes presents an out-of-town dinner with zweintopf, a collaborative artist duo living in Feldbach. The artists will prepare a snack and present aspects of their artworks at their sprawling home and studio. Members are invited to meet at Grazer Kunstverein at 6pm or to travel directly by car to Oberweißenbach 38, 8330 Feldbach. If interested in joining this excursion please register in advance.