30th anniversary program | Grazer Kunstverein
the Grazer Kunstverein will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a
special program, which includes exhibitions, performances, concerts,
lectures, workshops and a series of publications that will reflect upon the
position the institution had, locally, nationally and internationally, as
well as what function it will fulfill in the future.
continue its focus on language, communication and exchange, the Grazer
Kunstverein has invited British artist Liam Gillick for a one-year
commission, which takes on the form of a large flag. The flag reflects in a
bold manner the institution's internal structure as well as its position
within the city of Graz. It will be inaugurated on January 1, 2016 by
placing it in the ancient flagpole holder on the original façade of
the Palais Trauttmannsdorff.
By using the history and
archive of the Grazer Kunstverein as a starting point, Mexican artists
Mariana Castillo Deball and Carlos Sandoval will develop a
large procession, which will be held within the city of Graz on the July
1, 2016. The procession will take the form of a Perchtenlauf, a
folkloric tradition from the central and eastern Alps dating back to pagan
times. The procession will end at a site where our 30th anniversary will be
celebrated with performances by Dorit Chrysler & Gregor Schmoll
and Nils Bech.
The exhibition program will follow the
same conceptual logic as previous years, in which history, past and present
collapse on top of each other by reflecting on social and political issues
in an abstract manner, fueled by notions of "language." Over the course of
the year, there will be exhibitions by Philippe van Snick, Kay
Rosen & Matt Keegan, Peter Friedl and Beatrice
Additions to The Peacock, the non-stop
group show examining the Grazer Kunstverein as a functional site, will be
by artists Liam Gillick, Plamen Dejanoff & Swetlana Heger, Christian
Mayer and Chadwick Rantanen.
this within the spirit of American artist Ian Wilson, to whom the
Grazer Kunstverein sees its own mission reflected: to explore the
relationship between the viewed—or discussed—and the viewer,
and the urgency involved in these interactions.
Grazer Kunstverein is a national and internationally
renowned venue for contemporary art. Since its establishment in 1986, the
Grazer Kunstverein has functioned as a place for production, curating and
mediation in contemporary art. The aim is to promote and present recent
artistic positions and address questions around current cultural and
political tendencies. As a place for production of recent art and
intermediation, the Grazer Kunstverein plays an important role in Graz as
well as in Austria and abroad. Due to a close cooperation with various
institutions and universities, it has over recent years become a centre for
artistic and cultural studies. The Grazer Kunstverein is not guided by
populist demands but advocates for the promotion and presentation of
qualitative artistic experiments.
Grazer Kunstverein is
structurally supported by the city of Graz, the Austrian Federal Ministry
for Education, Art and Culture, the province of Styria, Legero |
con-tempus.eu, and its members.
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