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.
I love this museum for its amazing architecture and its high-quality exhibits, always with interesting, progressive content. Go to their website and watch the movie on the original design and development of the building ("A friendly alien"), a great piece of modern architecture.http://www.museum-joanneum.at/de/kunsthaus/das-gebaeude/film-kunsthaus-graz-bix
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).
Being interested in modern architecture this museum was a must. The exhibition on Cultural buildings from Bilbao to Zeche Zollverein was organised very well, visitors got iPads with additional information about the exhibits. The museum was not very crowded on a rainy Sunday morning.
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 calm, is not in any way as arresting.
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.
I know they call it the "friendly alien", but I think it kind of looks like a slug. Not really my cup of tea but while in Graz it seemed silly not to visit. I am not a fan of modern art, so the exhibitions did not thrill and neither does the architecture. It certainly stands out though, you can't miss it!
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 building looks unusual all right and so is highly noticeable, but that's about it, and the exhibitions usually are no really big deal. if something is on that appeals to you, well pay the rather stiff price and go on in and see it. If you don't see the interior, you aren't missing much. I fnd the exhibition spaces run of the mill at best.
The building is an atraction itself. It is really very beautiful and can be easilly reached from Graz city center (5 minutes walk). There are also trams and bus stops right in front of.When I was visiting only one exibition was open, so I took less than one our to visit. The museum is related to modern art (including architectures pieces and so on), so dont go visit if you´re expecting a "classic museum" with renaiscensse pictures and statues.
Nice building but had very view exhibits and exhibitions. I was dissapointed. the ticket fee was too high.