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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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interesting building

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
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Berlin, Germany
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Berlin, Germany
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34 reviews 34 reviews
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

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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21 helpful votes 21 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
48 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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132 helpful votes 132 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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207 reviews 207 reviews
143 attraction reviews
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
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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Chicago, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

There is no doubt that the architecture of this building is exquisite, however I found the exterior much more impressive than the exhibits showcased inside. The installations were nice, average. Not a very large museum, you can easily tackle everything within a couple hours. It does offer a great view from the top floor, but once again, if you are... More 

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Graz, Austria
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71 reviews 71 reviews
33 attraction reviews
169 helpful votes 169 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

EmeraldDiva got it right with the slug instead of an a alien. This building is striking all right but when you've said that, you've just about said it all. I thoroughly believe that to a considerable degree, form should follow function. Which does not rule out fantasy and creativity in doing so. But in the case of the Kunsthaus, the... More 

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Graz, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A very interesting museum in the hart of Graz. Contemporary arts is not a thing everyone likes, however if you are into that then Kunsthaus is a must see place.

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