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March 28, 2019

Austria: Kunsthaus Graz

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Kunsthaus Graz

In truth the sole initial motivation for visiting Graz was to see the city’s modern Art House, or Kunsthaus. Years ago a saw a picture of the blue blob-like structure nestled in among the red tile roofs of the city; I knew it was something I had to see. The Kunsthaus looked perfectly out of place. For the past few years we’ve had tentative plans to try to get to Graz, but they never worked out. Finally this year we made it.

Kunsthaus Graz was built as part of the city’s European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2003. It has since become an architectural landmark. The building’s British creators, Colin Fournier and Peter Cook, chose the blobitecture style for the building. The result is a blue mammalian organ-like structure with aorta-like windows as skylights. It looks just as odd in person as it does in the pictures.

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The museum houses rotating contemporary art exhibits. On the inside the architecture is interesting and innovative. But compared to the outside of the structure the interior space seems almost ordinary. The outside of the Kunsthaus sets a high bar for the inside and for other buildings.


We visited Graz to see the Kunsthaus in October of 2018.

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