Through its exhibition and collection activities the Neue Galerie Graz has accompanied and documented the development of the most varied contemporary artistic trends since the 1960s. In addition there is a segment of art from the 19th and early 20th century, the cornerstone of which was laid with the foundation of the Joanneum, and which has also been regularly extended over the years.
The Neue Galerie Collection developed as a result a variety of artistic directions and media, ranging from historical to contemporary, from local to international positions. Artistic currents represented are Biedermeier, Jugendstil, (regional) forms of Expressionism and Classical Modernism, positions of Austrian and international painting after 1945 (including the so-called "trigon" countries), Viennese Actionism, Media and Concept Art etc., in such varied media as painting, graphics, sculpture, photography, video and installation works.
The first part of the permanent exhibition of the Neue Galerie Graz provides an overview of art from the 19th Century until into the interwar period, with a focus on works by Austrian and especially Styrian artists. In the process development trends, tendencies and single outstanding positions are presented in a loose chronology. Thereby the exhibition outlines on the one hand the main features of a native art topography, whose vertices also follow the international art scene of that time, and on the other hand reflects the multifaceted profile of the collection itself.
This variety is to be conveyed to the public as part of a permanent yet at the same time flexibly conceived exhibition collection in the Joanneum Quarter. This means that individual parts of the exhibition are exchanged or renewed at regular intervals. This ensures the widest possible overview of the collection assets over several years, and, moreover, a so-called "permanent exhibition" becomes more attractive by continuous change.
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Romantik und frühe Moderne
Die Sammlung der Neuen Galerie Graz. Werke des 19. und frühen 20. Jahrhunderts
Kurator: Peter Peer