Graz is the perfect location for an immersive and unique contemporary art and design experience. From the alien-like Kunsthaus Graz to the historical elegance of Schloß Hollenegg for Design, you will meet eclectic art collections that are curated and designed for its spaces.
Get a glimpse of the contemporary art discoveries in Graz by reading our list below.
Austrian Sculpture Park | Thalerhofstraße 85, 8141 Premstätten
Situated seven kilometres to the south of Graz, the Austrian Sculpture Park has become an established centre of contemporary sculpture ever since it was founded in 2003. This fascinating park, designed by landscape architect Dieter Kienast, covers an area of some seven hectares and provides a ‘developmental space’ for over 75 sculptures. Works by renowned Austrian artists from Fritz Wotruba and Franz West right through to Erwin Wurm, Heimo Zobernig and Michael Kienzer communicate here with examples of international sculpture from the likes of Jeppe Hein, Nancy Rubins, Tobias Rehberger and Susana Solano.
Schloß Hollenegg for Design | Hollenegg 1, 8530 Schwanberg
Since 1821, Schloss Hollenegg has been the property of the Liechtenstein family. Alice Stori Liechtenstein lives in Schloss Hollenegg with her family. Her passion for Design and her desire to support Design culture, as well as emerging and talented designers, has brought her to start the project Schloß Hollenegg for Design. The project’s mission is to support young emerging designers, with the aim of creating space for design research, thinking and critique. Schloss Hollenegg for Design offers one of the few residency programs specifically aimed at designers, as well as organising exhibitions, workshops and symposia centered around design.
Kunsthaus Graz | Lendkai 1, 8020 Graz
The Kunsthaus has been called a baby hippo, sea slug, porcupine, whale and a “Friendly Alien”. Designed at the beginning of the millennium by architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, its unique shape and striking colour inspire and thrill those who encounter it. The very first considerations of the spatial programme at the Kunsthaus were already based on the idea of ”platforms” that should be flexible, adaptable and fluid. As a transdisciplinary exhibition, action and mediation centre for contemporary art in all forms of media and with a total usable area of 11,100 m2, the Kunsthaus Graz has a differentiated spatial and functional programme.
Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien | Burgring 2
The Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien (KM–), which was reopened and newly positioned in the year 2013 following extensive renovation work, shows the contemporary art of present-day international currents in which outstanding Styrian artists are involved. Künstlerhaus stands for a house of art and its media—a place where the exhibition, production, and discussion of art are brought up to date, serving as a platform for essential issues concerning artistic producers and also visitors who actively partake in related discourse.
Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill | Opernring 7, 8010 Graz
Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill is a gallery for contemporary art with an innovative program. Since it’s founding in October 2010, they promote contemporary art by national and international artists with a focus on socio-political positions in a local and global context. In their development and realisation of long-term artistic projects, they are in close contact with the artists and take a supportive position; in projects directly related to the gallery as well as those that go beyond the scope of the gallery.
Artelier Contemporary Graz | Griesgasse 3, 8020 Graz
Artelier Contemporary Graz was founded in 1985 as Galerie u. Edition Artelier by Petra Schilcher and Ralph Schilcher. The gallery primarily specialises in limited editions by national and international contemporary artists.
Augarten Art Hotel | Schönaugasse 53, 8010 Graz
Architect Günter Domenig’s design for Augarten Art Hotel is all about open communication between its inner world and its outer environment. Sculptures from the hotel’s contemporary art collection wait to be discovered in the courtyard and on the roof terrace, which also provides designer seating where one can soak in the sight of the beautifully preserved city of Graz. With names like Maria Lassnig, Franz West and Martin Kippenberger, guests have the opportunity to live amongst contemporary art all around the Augarten Art Hotel.
Schloß Hollenegg for Design
Künstlerhaus, Halle für Kunst & Medien
Austrian Sculpture Park
Galerie Zimmermann Kratochwill
Augarten Art Hotel
Gap Site Hotel
Il Cafe Graz
Kunst Haus Cafe
The Thirsty Heart Graz
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