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    ABOUT

    The Grazer Kunstverein is a non-profit, member-based arts organization located on the ground floor of the historic Palais Trautmansdorff in the center of Graz. Founded in 1986, the Grazer Kunstverein has developed a distinctive voice within Austria and operates in strong dialogue with international developments in contemporary art. Established as a space for artistic production, exhibition-making, and mediation, it has always resisted populist influences, instead advocating for the promotion and presentation of qualitative artistic experiments. The history of the institution itself is one of experimentation, risk-taking, and critical discourse. It, therefore, provides the context to rethink the role and function of a Kunstverein within contemporary conditions.

    The Grazer Kunstverein works with artists from Austria and all over the world to nurture and empower compelling artistic positions while facilitating a depth of engagement within processes of artistic practice. International artists are invited to locate the production of challenging new work in the city of Graz. They are supported to engage with multiple publics to play direct roles in developing and realizing original and ambitious artistic projects. Within this, the Kunstverein’s emphasis is on finding points of connection and facilitating dialogue while fostering insight through participation. All the while, striving to elicit a meaningful exchange between the many and varied communities of Graz, and the artists whose projects are brought to life by them.

    The Grazer Kunstverein engages with cross-disciplinary practices through an ambitious program of activities, including exhibitions, performances, screenings, discussions, and events. The program is distinguished by close collaborations with exciting artists at critical moments in their careers, working responsively in a locally rooted, nationally relevant, and internationally resonant way.

    TEAM

    Tom Engels
    Artistic Director

    Tanja Gurke
    General Manager

    Ahmad Darkhabani
    Production

    Henrik Klug
    Technical team

    Julie Peeters
    Graphic Design

    Sophie Rentien Lando
    Website

    Ana Andricic, Julia Holzer, Clara Hudel, Michael Meister, Juliane Nitsch, Stefan Pichler, Christina Simmerer
    Visitor information

    Chiachi Chao
    Typeface Kleisch GK

    BOARD

    Georg Mayer-Heinisch
    Chairman

    Alexander Isola
    Cashier

    Stefan Stolitzka
    Secretary

    Georg List
    Member of the Board











    ARTISTIC DIRECTORS

    Kate Strain
    2016–2021 (September)

    Krist Gruijthuijsen
    2012–2016

    Daniel Pies
    2012 (January–September)

    Søren Grammel
    2005–2011

    Eva Maria Stadler
    1994–2005

    Elisabeth Printschitz
    1987–1993

    Peter Pakesch/Helmut Strobl
    1986–1987

    PATRONS AND PARTNERSHIPS

    legero united—initiator of con-tempus.eu
    Weitzer Hotels BetriebsgesmbH
    Industriellenvereinigung Steiermark
    AVL List GmbH
    Weingut Peter Skoff


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