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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 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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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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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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
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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Timisoara, Romania
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

The Kunsthaus hosts the Graz Art Museum, but is better known for its original shape. It is an ultra modern building constructed in the heart of the historical center. Its wavy lines and "glass skin" are in full contrast with the nearby buildings. Although it is a controversial structure it is not something that bothers the eye. It is a... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Peter Cook and Colin Fournier, architects, won a bet when building this incredible building in an historical environment. The site is breathtaking from the ground and hilarious from Gösting castle height

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Spring Valley, New York
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

This monstrosity of a building...it looks like a giant black alien beetle that is about to eat the beautiful old town of Graz. What were they thinking to allow this UGLY thing to spoil the site??? I am from New York City...and glad its not here! There wasn't much inside...a small exhibit of works by James Benning.

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Kerepes, Hungary
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It is said that it is a place for arts but I did not find any. There was a café inside and that was all (which was expensive).

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We didn't go inside but Kunsthaus is great to look at from the outside especially from above on the hill. The design is great and well worth looking at.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I'd have to agree with Paige N's review that while this really is an arresting sight when seen from the castle ramparts high above, up close this dramatic arts centre (it does look like a friendly slug) is harder to visualise as it is boxed in by other buildings and its own carpark and the interior, while perfectly pleasant and... More 

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Address: Address: Lendkai 1, Graz 8020, Austria
Phone Number: +43 4331 680179200
Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Styria  >  Graz>  > Lend
Open Hours:
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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