October 17, 2018 - Grazer Kunstverein - Autumn/Winter 2018 at Grazer Kunstverein
October 17, 2018

Grazer Kunstverein

Installation view of Anne Tallentire, House at Grazer Kunstverein, 2018. Photo: Clara Wildberger.

Autumn/Winter 2018 at Grazer Kunstverein
Two seasons of new commissions, exhibitions, events and research projects

Winter opening: December 7, 6–10pm, accompanied by a one-day event of presentations and performances

Grazer Kunstverein
Palais Trauttmansdorff
Burggasse 4
8010 Graz
Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 11am–6pm

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Anne Tallentire
Plan (…)
Autumn Season solo exhibition
September 20–November 16, 2018

Conceived for the galleries of Grazer Kunstverein and working from existing living spaces and architectural plans, Tallentire explores the embodiment of space through a rigorous process of material drawing, governed by a carefully constructed set of rules. She creates sculptural installations by dismantling, re-configuring, and re-ordering materials and systems, relating to specific locations, situations or social constructions, often dealing with precariousness and contingency in relation to the problematics and limits of space and social agency. Tallentire’s work animates the dynamic between the specific and the generic, exploring human embodiment and evidence of decisions through material means, thereby revealing a kind of invisible knowledge.

Dennis McNulty
Autumn Season solo exhibition and audiovisual walking tour
September 20–November 16, 2018

Topology is a branch of mathematics that studies the relationship between objects in space under deformation. Coming from a background in engineering and psychoacoustics, McNulty is interested in topological thinking, in infrastructures and systems, in ideas around the built environment, embodiment, latent knowledge and multidimensionality. His exhibition unfolds through a series of AV Works, Staging Structures and sculptural collaborations, alongside The Moment Space, a walking tour that extends the exhibition out into the city of Graz. McNulty repeatedly employs forms such as the torus, the waveform and the infinite loop, using physical and digital matter and systems to reorient perception and underscore the relationship between technology, world-building and attempts to augment human potential.

Department of Ultimology
What Where
Autumn Season research project in cooperation with steirischer herbst Volksfronten
September 20–November 16, 2018

Ultimology is the study of that which is dead or dying, endangered or extinct. The first Department of Ultimology was founded by Fiona Hallinan and Kate Strain at CONNECT, Trinity College Dublin in 2016. At the invitation of steirischer herbst, the emergent discipline has been brought to Graz to explore and question the non-extinction of certain persistent customs, traditions and cultural rituals in the Styrian region. Working with artists and researchers Nina Höchtl and Julia Wieger, founders of the Secretariat for Ghosts, Archival Politics and Gaps, a working group was developed to further understand and reflect upon ambient culture, questioning how it is constructed, consumed, advanced, practiced and preserved, and how in doing so, it can evade extinction, intentionally or not.

Arnisa Zeqo, Pádraic E Moore, The Institute of Things to Come
Winter Opening
One-day performance event to mark the Winter Opening
December 7, 2018, 2–10pm

What can emerge from wreckages and leftovers? This one day meeting brings together artists, curators, writers and researchers to discuss endings as new beginnings, and to celebrate the opening of the Winter Season. Text based and performance oriented presentations will be made by curator and writer Arnisa Zeqo who is currently co-developing a terminology on the 'conceptual body' through artworks at the intersection of literature, performance and conceptual art; writer, curator and art historian Pádraic E Moore whose research interests focus on the influence of esoteric philosophies upon the literary and visual arts; and curator and writer Valerio del Baglivo along with participants of The Institute of Things to Come, an itinerant art programme aimed at investigating forms of imaginative speculation as cultural strategies and methodologies for critical positions.

Mehraneh Atashi
Flotsam, Jetsam, Lagan, and Derelict
Winter Season solo exhibition
December 7, 2018–February 22, 2019

This major new commission by Amsterdam based artist Mehraneh Atashi combines her distinctive visual vocabulary with haptic sculptural components that envelope and inhabit the space of the gallery from floor to ceiling. Atashi is rising a phoenix from the ruins, taking The Canticle of the Birds, where plurality becomes singularity, as a starting point. Her coded sculptural world is collaged together with found and adapted footage and forms, set upon a stage of craters, dunes, caves and crevices. Through an exploration of the four kinds of shipwreck Atashi’s work chronicles a personal journey, creating a universe out of debris, a story out of scraps, patchworked together to reveal an inner ecology that is constantly transforming.

Angelika Loderer
Poems to Gadgets
Winter Season solo exhibition
December 7, 2018–February 22, 2019

In her new exhibition, Loderer captures time by casting temporary models made from snow into permanent sculptural works. The performative sculptural technique she employs to achieve this method materially records a moment of loss or change, while simultaneously destroying that which it recreates. Within this reflexive process, and throughout her broader artistic practice, Loderer tests and stretches the physical parameters of her materials. In this way she continues to mine ideas around positive and negative space, matter and its absence, the organic and the man-made, the past and some possible futures.

Triple Candie
If Michael Asher
Year-long research project
March 9, 2018–February 22, 2019

Triple Candie (Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett) is a US-based, avant-garde curatorial production agency that collaborates with museums and contemporary art spaces on exhibitions about art but generally devoid of it. Throughout 2018 Triple Candie produce a multi-layered investigation into the work and legacy of American conceptual artist Michael Asher (1943–2012), who often worked in the interstitial space between art and architecture. Triple Candie’s engagement with Grazer Kunstverein consists of four speculative projects (institutional interventions) that attempt to resurrect the lost experiential potentialities of Asher’s work, drawing on research into his methodologies to create new interventions in a new context.


Grazer Kunstverein is structurally supported by the city of Graz, the Federal Chancellery of Austria Arts and Culture Division, the province of Styria, legero united | con-tempus.eu, and its members.

Individual projects within our 2018 artistic programme have been supported by the Arts Council of Ireland, the Arts Council of England, steirischer herbst, Architektursommer, Mondriaan Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Culture Ireland, and CONNECT Centre for Future Networks and Communications.

Entrance throughout 2018 is free. Events as part of our active public programme are posted on the Calendar section of our website. For more information on our projects or activities please email office [​at​] grazerkunstverein.org

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