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Address: Lendkai 1, Graz 8020, Austria
Phone Number: +43 4331 680179200
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Description: The Kunsthaus Graz opened its doors in 2003, the architectural piece de...
The Kunsthaus Graz opened its doors in 2003, the architectural piece de resistance of Graz's year as European Capital of Culture. The biomorphous building designed by Peter Cook and Colin Fournier-known locally as the Friendly Alien-has since become an attraction for art lovers and the culturally minded from all over the world. But it has also become an essential landmark in the urban identity of the city of Graz. As an exhibition centre for contemporary art, the Kunsthaus exhibits Austrian and international art from 1960 onwards. Its BIX media facade-designed by Berlin designers realities:united-constitutes a unique fusion of architecture and media technology. Effectively a large screen in the middle of the city, it acts as an instrument of art communication.
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The exhibitions we went to visit were a bit boring but I thought it was worth to see this spectacular building also from The inside. The view from The needle on The last floor is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Bologna, Italy
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

The exhibitions we went to visit were a bit boring but I thought it was worth to see this spectacular building also from The inside. The view from The needle on The last floor is worth The ticket. Also, to be honest, there isn't much more to do in Graz, so definitively worth a visit!

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Warsaw, Poland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The only futurustic building basicaly in the Old Town district in Graz - I loved it! A very interesting piece of architecture, both outside and inside. The collection inside is always modern art, so as usual it my be very hit or miss. It was miss with me, but I still enjoyed the vist quite a bit. Hosts also a... More 

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Melbourne, AU
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The first time I visited 5 years ago wasn't too impressive but things have really improved. Excellent exhibitions and very fine publications to accompany them.

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

You can't miss this building, its the odd looking octopus kind of building near Mariahilferplatz. It's on the more expensive side but worth visiting, remember to take pictures of the building itself as well (good photos can be taken under the bridge across the street!). In the lobby there's a nice funky decorated cafe and a shop selling artsy stuff.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Well, it's supposed to be something very modern and stylish... And Ii guess now it's a sort of one of the city symbols but.. it's just ugly :D

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TeamJoanneum, Manager at Kunsthaus Graz, responded to this review

Dear Elena, Regretful we had to read, that you didn’t like the form of Kunsthaus Graz. By reason of his organic form it is very specially and either you love or you hate it, but the most of our visitors love it. However, it is one of the first buildings of the world with an organic form and really a... More 

Dublin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I had been curious about this amazing building since I first saw it with the sun shining on it and making it sparkle. I got the chance to enter on the last day of our visit to Graz. We went up to the desk and enquired about the exhibits to be told there were photographic exhibits on relating to landscapes.... More 

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Budapest, Hungary
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The locals call it "friendly alien". Two british architects Peter Cook and Colin Fournier won the competition to build it in 2003, when Graz was the Europen Cultural Capital. The building itself is very interesting, specially in the evening, when in the darkness they have lamps fluctuating. The exhibitions inside are nnot that we we like. Anyhow it was a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The buidling itself catches the eye, so we didn't want to miss it. It's smaller than I imagined it would be. There didn't seem to be any permanent exhibitions, but the Hyperamerika one was brilliant. Too bad there wasn't any postcards or any other souvenirs related to the current exhibition. The restaurant in the same building looked really cool, it... More 

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Ramallah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

the building itself is considered ugly, but they have good exhibitions, you should check the needle and the window overlooking altstadt

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Berlin, Germany
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Really enjoyed the building, especially the view from the needle. However, I found that some parts of the exhibit were not well-installed, for instance the lightning inside the exhibition and the frames led to the fact that visitors could hardly take a look at those photos behind the frames due to reflections.

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Address: Lendkai 1, Graz 8020, Austria
Phone Number: +43 4331 680179200
Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Styria  >  Graz>  > Lend
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Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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