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Universalmuseum Joanneum - Kunsthaus Graz

1 March to 31 October 2022, Tue-Sun & holidays 10am-6pm, groups of 12 or more by appointment by phone.


The "Friendly Alien" is one of Graz's architectural landmarks and invites visitors to engage with international contemporary art that addresses current issues in our society.

The Kunsthaus is known as the Baby Hippo, the Sea Snail, the Porcupine, the Whale and the "Friendly Alien" - the last name was given to it by Colin Fournier, one of the two architects. When Graz was European Capital of Culture in 2003, it received a new architectural landmark in the form of the "Kunsthaus", which has since been mentioned in the same breath as the "Uhrturm" and "Schloßberg", attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world every year and has long been part of the city's urban identity. Developed by architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, it inspires with its idiosyncratic form and eye-catching color. 

As a transdisciplinary exhibition, action and mediation venue for contemporary art in all media forms and with a total of 11,100 m² of usable space, the "Kunsthaus Graz" has a differentiated spatial and functional program. A café, a store and an underground car park with 146 parking spaces complete the offer for visitors. 

In 2021, the "Kunsthaus Graz" will address the question of "what will be" as part of the STEIERMARK SCHAU. It will show what possible futures for Styria could look like. The focus is on topics such as mobility, digitalization, logistics and agriculture as well as migration and gender justice - reflected in the mirror of art. Also on view is an exhibition by the Danish artists' group SUPERFLEX, which examines the social effects of capitalism, and a multi-layered exhibition by artist Johanna Kandl, who explores the question of where paints, pigments or binders in paintings come from and the extent to which aspects of natural science, economics and cultural studies play a role in this.

GenussCard experience

  • Limitation : 1x per stay
  • Redeemable from: 3 nights
  • With your GenussCard you receive:

    Admission (24-hour ticket to the Universalmuseum Joanneum)

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