Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum

November 6, 2003

Support: The Neue Galerie as a Collection
21/09/2003 - 29/08/2004

Neue Galerie Graz am Landesmuseum Joanneum
Sackstrasse 16
A-8010 Graz
t +43 316 82 91 55
f +43 316 81 54 01

Curator: Peter Weibel

Co-Curators: Christa Steinle, Gudrun Danzer

Image: Ken Lum, Ask for Larry Myers, 1990

Opening times: Tues-Sun 10 a.m. 6 p.m., Thurs 10 a.m. 8 p.m.

The exhibition SUPPORT. The Neue Galerie as a Collection displays selected positions in art chosen from all media (painting, graphics, sculpture, photography, video) over a surface area of about 1,200m2. The emphasis in terms of timeframe is on post-1960s art and on new acquisitions since 1992. The aim is to try out a new presentation model of art, which tracks both the claims of modernism and themes like genealogy, subject, style etc., whilst at the same time tying in the claims of post-modernism, by placing corresponding works in each room according to theme. This occurs both on an international and national level. The intention is to establish interpretational ties between works from the past and the present. Contemporary art production in its most advanced form actualizes and reinterprets historical positions, and conversely these different approaches add to our understanding of contemporary art.

Dating from 1800 to the present day, the Neue Galeries collection makes its position as a museum in Austria quite unique. Museums help to make sure that works of art do not disappear. They are support systems. That is the point of collecting. In Austria, the policy on collection is random. In Vienna there are various focuses such as 1960s art at MUMOK, twentieth-century Austrian painting at the Leopoldmuseum, alongside the great treasures of history at the Albertina, MAK and the Kunsthistorisches Museum. Nowhere in Austria is twentieth-century art properly represented as a collection. Graz is not a metropolis like Paris or New York. Nevertheless it has succeeded in developing a collection philosophy from the perspective of the periphery, which might not demonstrate a continuum of modernism, but which does manage to encompass many of the achievements of modernism selectively and thematically, from Egon Schiele and Marcel Duchamp to Günter Brus, Mario Merz, Henri Michaux or Erwin Wurm.

In an exciting new combination drawn from its collection, the Neue Galerie now presents the utopias, provocations, explorations and knowledge of twentieth-century art.


Dennis Adams, Art & Language, Richard Artschwager, Hans Bellmer, Joseph Beuys, Alighiero Boetti, Louise Bourgeois, Herbert Brandl, Marcel Broodthaers, Günter Brus, Angela Bulloch, Daniel Buren, André Cadere, Claude Cahun, Claus Carstensen, Dinos & Chapman, Olga Chernysheva, Gianni Colombo, Walter De Maria, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Charles Eames, Róza El-Hassan, Olafur Eliasson, Valie Export, Robert Filliou, Dan Flavin, Sylvie Fleury, Lucio Fontana, Imi Giese, Bruno Gironcoli, Dan Graham, Eberhard Havekost, Damien Hirst, Johanna Kandl, Jon Kessler, Martin Kippenberger, Per Kirkeby, Gustav Klimt, Inez van Lamsweerde, Maria Lassnig, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt, Simon Linke, Thomas Locher, Ken Lum, Michel Majerus, Gordon Matta-Clark, Mario Merz, Henri Michaux, Otto Muehl, Shirin Neshat, Barnett Newman, Walter Niedermayr, Hermann Nitsch, Kenneth Noland, Albert Oehlen, Giulio Paolini, Edoardo Paolozzi, Elizabeth Peyton, Walter Pichler, Arnulf Rainer, Robert Rauschenberg, Ad Reinhardt, Gerhard Richter, Pipilotti Rist, Dieter Roth, Gerhard Rühm, Constanze Ruhm, Fred Sandback, Egon Schiele, Michael Schuster, Rudolf Schwarzkogler, Rudolf Stingel, Superstudio, Karel Teige, Wilhelm Thöny, Guenther Uecker, Victor Vasarely, Peter Weibel, Franz West, Erwin Wurm, Heimo Zobernig a.o.

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