From 19th century kitsch to Wurm & Weibel

A museum in Graz is challenging our perception of landscape-themed art by enriching the topic with contemporary experiments.

Thinking of landscape paintings, few will get too excited. Idealised canvases from the 19th century prove artists’ skills but there is not a lot which can surprise experienced exhibit visitors anymore.

Now the Neue Galerie, which is part of the Universalmuseum Joanneum, presents landscape-related artworks from the 19th century to extraordinary creations by influential 21st century artists like Hamish Fulton and Peter Weibel.

The scale of the exhibition called “Landschaft. Transformation einer Idee” (Landscape. Transformation of an Idea) is impressive. It is staged at several showrooms on two floors. But despite this vast space, the exhibit curated by Gudrun Danzer and Günther Holler-Schuster never gets boring.

“Landschaft. Transformation einer Idee” includes stylistically conservative paintings by Thomas Ender and Jakob Gauermann but also modern art from Slovenia and created by renowned Austrians like Erwin Wurm and Herbert Brandl.

Neue Galerie Graz visitors should not miss the museum’s Wilhelm Thöny and Maria Lassnig showrooms.


::: The Austrian Culture Channel on Twitter: @accthomas

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