As a museum for modern and contemporary art with an extensive collection of works by Austrian and international artists from the 19th century to the present in a wide variety of media, the Neue Galerie Graz is dedicated to research on recent art history from the 19th century, with a separate focus in the art of the 20th century and numerous points of contact to the present day.
Exhibitions present central artist positions as well as topics from art history, whereby the deepened examination of the own collection and consequently the history of the museum in its changeable socio-political environment expands the view beyond art and opens up the museum as a platform for dialogue, where not only questions of art and Art history but a variety of subjects of general interest are discussed.
Dominik Steiger, the man of letters, poet, musician, performer, illustrator, painter, collagist, photographer and bricoleur, would have turned 80 in October 2020. The BRUSEUM is devoting a retrospective exhibition to this artist who died too young, received too little recognition and was too readily overlooked. The focus will be on his performative works and drawings.
curated by: Roman Grabner
Ladies First! Künstlerinnen in und aus der Steiermark 1850–1950
To date, there has been no overview of women’s art in Styria. In our part of the world, too, fine arts produced by women was undeservedly pushed down a rank; women artists were disadvantaged in education and in the opportunities for exhibitions, their works ultimately largely forgotten.
In order to correct this writing of art history and to raise awareness of this area of our cultural heritage, we present some 60 women artists. Visitors will re-encounter works of some of the better known artists such as Marie Egner, while other names such as Marianne Stokes will be newto many. The research undertaken for this project resembled discovering a new continent. We warmly invite you to come and explore this with us! You can experience for yourself just how absurd it is to place half of humanity several rungs down the hierarchy ladder.
Julije Knifer (1924 in Osijek—2004 in Paris) counts among the most internationally regarded Croatian artists after 1945. Starting out from postexpressive, conceptual-minimalist currents in European and American painting, Knifer went on to devise his iconic motif with his “Meander” paintings around 1960. The fundamental intention of creating an “anti-painting” linked him closely to the Gorgona group which he cofounded (1959–1966) and represented to him a very definite form of freedom. Knifer exhibited at the most prestigious institutions of international contemporary art and his works feature in exclusive private and museum collections. Julije Knifer is associated with Neue Galerie Graz because of his participation in trigon 77.
Artists who broke new ground in art not infrequently triggered fierce controversy.Long before the term “contemporary art” was considered to be a synonym for progressive, provocative, challenging or elitist, artists who took new paths were subject to intense criticism. They triggered controversies that reflected various ideologies, were celebrated by one person, condemned by the other. Thus, the public and critics have always determined the success or failure of a given artist.
With this exhibition, the Neue Galerie Graz shows the polarity in which “contemporary” art has always moved, based on works from its collection ranging from the 19th century through to the present day. It prompts us to consider art “critically”, and its critics, too.