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Kunsthaus Graz Museum Entrance Ticket
"1066 acrylic glass elements form the skin of the friendly alien. At night it sends light signals or written messages from its facade to the other side of the river. It sucks daylight from the north through its ""nozzles"" on top. The ""needle"" is a glazed stretching over Eisernes Haus and Kunsthaus on the eastern facade. One of the nozzles is directed towards the east and enables a direct view to the famous Clock Tower of Graz which is the landmark of the city.Get so see the current and latest exhibitions"""It is an exhibition centre of international contemporary art that shows international trends in regular changing exhibitions placing these in both a national and regional context. The Kunsthaus Graz opened its doors in 2003
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Universalmuseum Joanneum Pass in Graz
"Select a 24-hour or 48-hour pass to the Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz for admission to 12 interesting exhibitions. With this flexible pass it's up to you which sites you prefer to visit. Guided tours are not included in the price but can be purchased separately. Styrian Armoury:Get introduced to the world’s largest historical weapons arsenal. Kunsthaus Graz:This museum of contemporary art attracts visitors from all over the world. The building flo historical furniture and more than 500 ceiling paintings.Natural History Museum:Wild cats birds in flight strange plants mysterious fossils and much more showcase the planet's amazing diversity at the Natural History Museum. Neue Galerie:See a vast range of collections from the Biedermeier
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Universalmuseum Joanneum Pass in Graz
"Select a 24-hour or 48-hour pass to the Universalmuseum Joanneum in Graz for admission to 12 interesting exhibitions. With this flexible pass it's up to you which sites you prefer to visit. Guided tours are not included in the price but can be purchased separately. Styrian Armoury:Get introduced to the world’s largest historical weapons arsenal. Kunsthaus Graz:This museum of contemporary art attracts visitors from all over the world. The building flo historical furniture and more than 500 ceiling paintings.Natural History Museum:Wild cats birds in flight strange plants mysterious fossils and much more showcase the planet's amazing diversity at the Natural History Museum. Neue Galerie:See a vast range of collections from the Biedermeier
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Grazer Kunsthaus - a "friendly Alien"

Grazer Kunsthaus is a brand new museum, built in 2003 by the architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier , who called the building a "friendly Alien" ! Somehow it looks funny and interesting, and so I took my picture from the Schlossberg !

Grazer Kunsthaus is open for visitors :
Tuesday till Sunday : 10.00a.m. - 06.00p.m
Thurdays it closes at 08.00p.m. !
The Kunsthaus is closed on December 24th + 25th !!
Guided tours in german : daily at 11.00a.m.+04.00p.m. !
Guided tour in English : Saturday at 02.00p.m.

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globetrott
Aug 13, 2005

Murinsel

New Yorker Vito Acconci designed a spot worth the new millenium just in the middle of the city. Right across the Kunsthaus - connected by a bridge on each bank - is situated an amphitheater with a café lounge club called Aiola situated under it's globe. It has been re-opened now - unfortunately, when I was there in Aug, it was closed, 'coz the river Mur often changes its level. They're still working on making it right, but it's still a great sight. The shell-formed mixture of architecture, art & design is a great place to rest your tired feet after climbing the Schlossberg... :)

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polardabar
Mar 29, 2005

Kunsthaus Graz

This great architectural work often called A Friendly Alien or Piggy Bank really swept me off my feet! It's a really unique museum! As 1 of the innovations sponsored by the city (besides the Murinsel mentioned later) during it was the City of culture, they really made a great thing! I've never seen a thing like that before! :)

It consists of a big glass balloon, which is darkened, but still partly see-through, which makes the inner area brighter. The architects Peter Cook & Colin Fournier used acryl plates & the so-to-say sticking pipes - 'nozzles' - to give it the alien look they wanted. And if you climb the so-called Needle, you'll have a great view of the city! :)

I'm not sure if the exhibitions change often, but when I was there, there were 2 extraordinary exhibitions! The first 1 was called Videodreams handled modern film with short parts of them played in small dark chambers. It's gonna take you a while to check all of them (if you're interested, of course), but I'd take the time, 'coz it really amazed me, especially since I like to take a look at some art films. I advise you get friendly with the hostesses, 'coz it's much better when they tell you the story behind the whole thing - you'll get to experience it the right way. :)

I remember there was this great film I stared at for like 10 minutes. 3 people: a woman drying her hair, another girl playing the piano & a guy cleaning the pool. The scenes were so great & the music even better - it just made a magic combination. If I could only get it somehow. If I remember right, it's a film by Teresa Hubbard & Alexander Bircher called 'House with pool' - great work! :)

The other exhibition handled movable furniture & more practical stuff. Chairs this, chairs that, chairs becoming ladder, rocking chairs; moveable houses, vehicles, whatever! A great thing if you wanna see things from a different perspective. :)

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polardabar
Oct 18, 2004

Contemporary Art in the "Friendly Alien"

The most striking piece of contemporary architecture I have ever seen has to be the Kunsthaus in Graz. Opened in 2003 during Graz's tenure as Cultural Capital of Europe, the Kunsthaus was dubbed the "Friendly Alien" and it is easy to see why. Its large bulbous curving "body" looks unlike any museum I've ever seen. It is covered in a bluish futuristic plastic "skin" and plastic "nozzles" open up to the sky, letting in natural light and affording some unique views of the city, particularly the Schlossberg and Clock Tower on the other side of the River Mur. And circular lights embedded in the "skin" can be programmed so that the building itself becomes a sort of living billboard, creating unique effects and sharing information at the same time.

It is so easy to be overwhelmed by the modernity and beauty of the building itself to almost overlook the art spaces within. There are two large viewing halls and a smaller separate room for photography and other exhibits. The exhibition I saw called "Perception in Art" was interesting, but for me the museum itself was the main draw. Time will tell if the amazing building itself ends up overwhelming the art exhibitions held within. Hopefully not, and the Kunsthaus will be both an exciting venue for contemporary art as well as an excellent example of the possibilities in current architecture.

The museum also houses a nice shop and excellent cafe. And visitors are rewarded with wonderful views of the city from the viewing platform at the end of their visit.

See the Travelogue for more pictures.

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Mar 14, 2004
 
 
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Kunsthaus Graz

Kunsthaus from another angle.
Don't worry, even if I wanted, I cannot bombard you with a bunch of photos - the gallery is still under construction and only a small part of it has been open for public. They are currently having an exhibition of Japanese photography there, but we were not particularly interested in that so we moved on.

By the way, the coffee bar is open!

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Nykaenen
Oct 17, 2003

Kunsthaus Graz

Did I just say I will not bombard you with a bunch of photos? I meant the photos of the interior of the gallery ;-)

Here's another (last one, I promise!) great perspective of this biomorphic structure - too impressive not to share it with you. Wish I stayed overnight so I could take some photos when the structure is lit up! One more reason to come back.

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Nykaenen
Oct 17, 2003

Kunsthaus

The new Kunsthaus has also been built as a Cultural Capital project. The biomorphic structure will most probably become an architectural symbol of Graz. The Kunsthaus will house international multidisciplinary art exhibitions.

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aramat
Oct 04, 2003

Kunsthaus

This amazing building, which looks alike gigantic liver to me, dominates the right bank of the river Mur and entire city aswell. The moment you get up to the Schlossberg hill it is the first and the most dominating spot you'll see from above, and it realy looks spectacular.
Kunsthaus is work of Peter Cook and Colin Fournier and this revolutionary piece of architecture was opened in 2003. It is the second largest museum in whole of Austria and certainly the most visited since its opening.

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Apr 30, 2006
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"Graz - World Heritage and Cultural Capital"
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Kunsthaus Graz

The new gallery Kunstahus is one of the most exciting new architecture I've seen in this part of Europe. It left me speechless. I just could not stop taking photos from all angles. Anita took even more photos; later on when we compared them, we realized our photos were veeeery similar. So you have two VT members with almost identical photos and very different writing style - I can't wait for her tips! ;-)))

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Nykaenen
Oct 17, 2003

Kunsthaus

This strange looking building is located on the banks of the River Mur and was commisioned to coincide with Graz's position as European Capital of Culture in 2003. The building was designed by the British architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier who won a competition to design a new Museum on the banks of the river.
Locals refer to the builing as the 'friendly alien', which is a good name, considering the out of this world nature of the building with it's blueish green hue and rounded spouts sticking from its roof. The rounded skylights of the building are designed to flood the interior of the museum with light.
Still not sure if I like the building but I can't deny that it is eyecatching and interesting.

Opening hours:
Tuesday - Sunday 10.00-18.00
Thursday - 10.00-20.00
Guided tours available on Saturdays @ 14.00

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pure1942
Apr 16, 2008

Grazer Kunsthaus

Located right next to the river is the striking new exhibition centre, Graz Kunsthaus. Nicknamed the "friendly alien", an architectural must-see designed by renown architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier. You will note the extreme contrast between this futuristic structure overlooking the river Mur and the old city on the other side, making it even more of a must see landmark for Graz.

Its also worth visiting it at night to see the lights on the outside of the building which flicker, its very cool!

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dejavu2gb
Feb 22, 2006

Kunsthaus Graz

This has to be one of my favourite art exhibitions in Europe - it's worth a visit to Graz on its own. A combination of shocking architecture, and fascinatingly different artwork on display inside, makes for great entertainment.

The building, designed by British architects Peter Cooke and Colin Fournier, is amazing. Dubbed "the friendly alien" its strange curves and shiny surfaces catch the eye immediately, and offer amazing distorted views of the city riverscape in the reflection. The style is very futuristic, and is part of a modern revolution in architecture that can be seen in buildings like Selfridges of Birmingham, and the Swiss Re (Gherkin) tower in London. Architects have been set free by the power of the microchip to produce structures more complex than the human mind could design alone.

The exhibitions inside change from time to time, but when I visited the centerpiece was an exhibition on urban sprawl, showing how it can be done both badly and, with a little imagination, amazingly well. There were fascinating little side shows, like the video clip of a Frenchman who was on a chat show explaining how he made his way through life paying nothing for his purchases, always returning them "not fully satisfied". The displays, film clips, lighting and sounds all added up to a slightly disturbing atmosphere, but one very different to what I'm used to in these kinds of places.

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Oct 22, 2011

Things to Do Near Kunsthaus

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Palais Saurau

We walked uphill from the Hauptplatz in search of the carving of an armed Turk on the roof of the Palais Saurau. I must admit I walked straight past it first time. It is so high up it is difficult to...
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Schlossberg

On the west-facing steep and stony cliff facing the river are 'hanging gardens', called I think the Herberstein gardens after the most famous noble family dominating the city's early modern history....
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Cathedral

Graz Cathedral is also called St. Giles' Cathedral. It was built in 1462 by Friederick III on the site of an earlier Church of St Giles. In 1564 it was made into the court church, and in 1786 the seat...
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Sporgasse

The old core of Graz, with its architecture, look alike more to the northern Italian cities rather then central European city. I have found here alots of simmilarities with Bolzano or Belluno even...
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Hauptplatz

Graz's Hauptplatz is a wonderful square where you can find Graz's town hall, a bustling market and a lovely fountain. There are many ornate buildings next to the square. Graz Town Hall was originally...
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Schloss Eggenberg

An hours spent enjoying the castle grounds on a beautiful Autumnal day. There are museums and galleries inside but time was limited and outside was fantastic! Visited the planet garden and spotted...
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Getting to Kunsthaus

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Lendkai 1

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  • Sunday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Thursday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Friday 10:00 to 17:00
  • Saturday 10:00 to 17:00

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