Innsbruck presents a spectacular destination for discovering contemporary art with some of Austria’s top art institutions like Kunstraum Innsbruck and Taxis Palais Kunsthalle Tirol. Experience James Turrell’s “Skyspace Lech”, one from a series of light rooms by the artist, developed in direct response to the area, its climate and specificities.
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Kunstraum Innsbruck | Maria-Theresien-Straße 34 / Arkadenhof, 6020 Innsbruck
Kunstraum Innsbruck opened in 1996 as a non-profit association. The goal is to enable encounters with the phenomena of contemporary art in the form of exhibitions, lectures, discussions, artist talks, readings and concerts. The building of Kunstraum Innsbruck was built in the 1930s as a paper storage. In the sixties, it was used occasionally as an alternative space for low budget art exhibitions. In 2004, the space of Kunstraum Innsbruck was divided in half with one half being an exhibition space, project room, office and library and the other half hosting Gallery Thoman. The program includes five exhibitions per year. The focus is on international, contemporary art; with mainly solo-exhibitions.
Skyspace Lech by James Turrell | Tannegg, 6764 Oberlech
The Skyspace-Lech by James Turrell is located in Tannegg, Oberlech at 1780 meters above sea level. The artist aims to make individuals aware of how we perceive the world. As twilight falls, the walls and the ceiling of the Skyspace-Lech are bathed in color-changing light. The sky may then be perceived as part of the room through the opening. The dome can be closed and projected with the second artistic concept, the “Ganzfeldraum”. The perception of the viewer is then irritated and distorted. Therefore, the Skyspace-Lech is one of few lightrooms in the series in which two very important concepts of James Turrell may be experienced. A hiking trail leads to the small hill above the mountain station of the Schlosskopfbahn all year.
Hungerburg Funicular by Zaha Hadid | Rennweg 3, 6020 Innsbruck
The Hungerburg Funicular was designed by star architect Zaha Hadid and was officially opened in 2007. The funicular set new international standards for modern architecture due to the extraordinary design of the stations. According to Zaha Hadid herself, she was inspired by the ice and snow landscapes of the region. As a result, the four stations, Congress, Löwenhaus, Alpine Zoo and Hungerburg resemble icy glaciers, giving the impression that the nearby mountain is right in the heart of the city. The contrast between the arched shape of the roofs and the firmly anchored concrete bases make the stations unique, and gives them an almost magical sense of weightlessness.
Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman | Maria-Theresien-Straße 34, 6020 Innsbruck
Founded in 1977, Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman represents some of the most important, internationally renowned contemporary artists from Austria, including Bruno Gironcoli, Hermann Nitsch, Walter Pichler, Arnulf Rainer and Franz West. Our profile is complemented with significant international positions, always taken in a cultural context, such as those of John M Armleder, Günther Förg, Jürgen Klauke and Tal R. The younger generation of artists is represented by Herbert Brandl, Carmen Brucic, Thomas Feuerstein, Michael Kienzer and Florin Kompatscher.
Galerie Bernd Kugler | Burggraben 6, 6020 Innsbruck
Since it’s founding in 2004, Galerie Bernd Kugler has been representing contemporary art by international artists. A focus on young art, particularly from contemporary Germany, has shaped the gallery’s profile. Next to giving exposure to graduates of the Academy of Fine Arts in Karlsruhe, the gallery has presented selected positions of the dynamic Berlin art scene to an Austrian audience. Galerie Bernd Kugler places strong emphasis on a close, long-term collaboration with its’ artists. Recurring solo presentations give insight into the development of an artistic oeuvre. From their point of view and experience, this is an important premise for a sustained positioning and referral to private and public collections. Accompanying publications are a matter of course to the gallery as is the edition of artists’ catalogues.
Taxis palais Kunsthalle Tirol | Maria-Theresien-Str. 45, 6020 Innsbruck
The Taxispalais is an art gallery with an international exhibition profile, where contemporary art is used to pursue contemporary issues and discourses are set in motion. The changing exhibitions are where artist talks, lectures, performances and podium discussions take place. The Kunsthalle is located in the Taxispalais, one of Innsbruck’s earliest baroque palaces. After its extension in 1999, it has an exhibition space of around 800 m² as well as a publicly accessible library with around 7,500 publications on contemporary art, culture and theory and current editions of the key international art magazines.
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Skyspace Lech by James Turrell
Hungerburg Funicular by Zaha Hadid
Galerie Elisabeth & Klaus Thoman
Galerie Bernd Kugler
Taxis palais Kunsthalle Tirol
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