Kunsthaus Graz
Faking the Real


With the highly charged term “fake,” the exhibition at the Kunsthaus Graz tracks the evolution of intersections between graphic design, media images, and art since 1971. Including works by artists ranging from Rosemarie Trockel to Gerwald Rockenschaub to Signe Pierce, the exhibition reflects political upheavals as well as technological developments. Particularly in recent decades, both graphic designers and artists have—in parallel—implemented ideas of enticement, deception, and (self-)optimization. Their mutual influence is increasingly noticeable—not only in terms of appropriation, but also in terms of a self-conscious affirmation. The question of “applied” art as something covertly seductive, distanced, calculated and manipulated by an invisible hand has re-emerged in a whole new way. Faking the Real addresses the question of manipulated realities and illustrates the progression from posters in public space to interventions in social media.


24.9., 11:00
Short introduction
Parallel Program Tour

Kunsthaus Graz
Lendkai 1
8020 Graz  ♿

Tue–Sun 10:00–18:00

10.50/9/4 euros

Curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow and Sabine Kienzer

Artists: Lynda Benglis, Beni Bischof, Sylvie Fleury, Robert Indiana, Peter Kogler, Isabella Kohlhuber, Brigitte Kowanz, Sonia Leimer, Susan Mogul, Sarah Morris, ORLAN, Christiane Peschek, Signe Pierce, Sophie Reinhold, Gerwald Rockenschaub, Lucie Stahl, Hito Steyerl, Rosemarie Trockel, Peter Weibel, Christopher Wool, Heimo Zobernig, and others

Cooperative project Die Kunst der Verführung (The Art of Enticement) with Creative Industries Styria, Graz Museum, Haus der Architektur, KULTUM—Kulturzentrum bei den Minoriten, Institut für Design und Kommunikation der FH Joanneum, WKO Steiermark—Fachgruppe Werbung & Marktkommunikation, Ankünder

Within the framework of steirischer herbst ’22