CMRK is a network of four independent institutions in Graz whose common interest lies in the conveyance of contemporary art within an international context.

6 pm Künstlerhaus KM– Halle für Kunst & Medien
7 pm Grazer Kunstverein
8 pm Camera Austria
9 pm <rotor>

All exhibitions are open on 23 June, 2017 from 6 to 10 pm.

Free shuttle-service
Departure WIEN 23.06., 3 pm
Bus station Oper, Bus 59a
Departure GRAZ 23.06., 10.30 pm
< rotor >, Volksgartenstraße 6a


Ruth E Lyons, Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Edward Clydesdale Thomson, Céline Condorelli, Chris Evans & Morten Norbye Halvorsen, Fiona Hallinan, Isabella Kohlhuber, Isabel Nolan, Adam Zagajewski

Summer at Grazer Kunstverein
23 June – 31 July, 1–6 September 2017

Inspired by Ernst Fischer’s 1959 publication titled ‘The Necessity of Art – A Marxist Approach’ the summer season of new commissions and artistic research at the Grazer Kunstverein is guided by Fischer’s claim that art is not only necessary in order to recognise and change the world, but that art is also necessary by virtue of the magic inherent within it. For Fischer this magic is located precisely in our ability to visualise potential, and to use this power to shape and control our natural world.

Throughout summer, the Grazer Kunstverein is dedicated to exploring ideas around the transformative potential of art as inspired by our relationship to nature, by presenting three very different projects dealing with the influence of nature in ways that are physical, performative, poetic and metaphorical.

Ruth E Lyons is developing WWWW a new line of alternative work-wear designed specifically for the female body working across industrial landscapes. Fiston Mwanza Mujila performs extracts from his powerful book of poetry ‘Le Fleuvre dans le Ventre’ [The River in the Belly], which takes on themes of solitude and exile, shaped and inspired by the coursing waters of the Congo River. Edward Clydesdale Thomson introduces an abstract sculptural garden that tends to ideas around care and commitment, and which will eventually grow into a real garden here at the Grazer Kunstverein.

Alongside works by Lyons, Mwanza Mujila, and Clydesdale Thomson, traces from our spring season will remain in the building, adding to the chorus of voices coming together at the Grazer Kunstverein under our guiding leitmotif ‘The Necessity of Art’.

Grazer Kunstverein, Palais Trauttmansdorff, Burggasse 4, 8010 Graz
Tel. +43 (0)316 83 41 41, Fax +43 (0)316 83 41 42,

Opening hours: Wed-Sun 11am – 6pm
Fink’s is open daily: 23.06– 30.06 inclusive

Grazer Kunstverein is structurally supported by the city of Graz, the Federal Chancellery of Austria Arts and Culture Division, the province of Styria, legero united |, and its members. The presentation of work by Isabel Nolan and Fiona Hallinan is kindly supported by Culture Ireland. The presentation of work by Edward Clydesdale Thomson is kindly supported by the Mondriaan Fund.

Ruth E Lyons, Press Image #5, Kilroot Salt mine, Co.
Antrim, 2017