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Neue Galerie or New Gallery (Graz)





Sackstrasse 16

Tel. 0316- 829 155

Open: Tue- Sun




Description of the New Gallery

The Neue Galerie Graz is part of the Universalmuseum Joanneum and shows predominantly contemporary art. The gallery was created in 1941 by the division of the Joanneum in 1811 in an Old and New Gallery, the latter took over the holdings of the 19th and 20th centuries in the Palais Herberstein on Sackstra├če 16 as a new museum department. The Stadtpalais was rebuilt by the famous baroque architect Josef Hueber before the middle of the 18th century and adapted for the princes of Eggenberg and in the succession to the Counts of Herberstein. When its existence was endangered, it was saved by Hans Riehl (1941-1955), the first director of the Neue Galerie, who achieved the dedication of the house as a museum. The following leaders wereWalter Koschatzky (1956-1962), Trude Aldrian (1963-1965), Wilfried Skreiner (1966-1992), Werner Fenz (1993-1997), Peter Weibel (1998) and Christa Steinle (1998-2011). Weibel was responsible as Chief Curator for numerous large exhibitions until 2011.

Due to the restructuring measures of the Universalmuseum Joanneum, which were carried out for budgetary reasons, the Neue Galerie Graz was merged with the Kunsthaus Graz in 2011 to form the department "Modern and Contemporary Art", which is headed by Peter Peer. Also in 2011, the relocation of the Neue Galerie took place in its new location, the Joanneumsviertel.








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