Every two years the "Prize of the Province of Styria for the promotion of contemporary visual art" prize is celebrated. 

Neue Galerie Graz

Neue Galerie Graz

Munchies Art Club Magazine was present at the award ceremony that took place in Graz this May.

Participating Artists in the Group Show "A Playground Guide to getting Lost" curated by Lina Albrikiene are:

Zweintopf ( Eva and Gerhard Pichler), Georg Haberler , Ernst Koslitsch, Alfred Lenz, Beate Gatschelhofer, Ute Müller, Armin Pichler, Kamilla Bischof, Alfredo Barsuglia, Daniel Hafner, Veronika Hauer, Rene Stiegler.
neue galerie graz current show curated by Lina albrikine called a playground guide to getting lost with 12 artists
Neue Galerie Graz presents ""A Playground Guide to getting Lost" a Groupshow curated by Lina Albrikiene | Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek

In 2021, the Neue Galerie Graz in the Landesmuseum Joanneum invited the Lithuninan based Curator Lina Albrikiene to work with them, for the exhibition "A Playground Guide to getting Lost" for which she made an exquisite selection of 12 Styrian artists. 

What is the Promotion Prize of Styria for Contemporary Art?

The Promotion Prize of Styria for Contemporary Art is an esteemed award by the State of Styria, recognizing contemporary artists with ties to the region.

It acts as a barometer for the local art scene, supporting artists who significantly contribute to contemporary art.

The prize facilitates artists' development and international exposure, with many recipients gaining worldwide recognition. This award underscores Styria's role as a key hub for contemporary art and its practitioners.

neue Galerie graz presents the emerging artist georg habeler and ernst koslitsch sculpture and sewing painting , installation view, a playground guide to getting lost exhibition
Neue Galerie Graz group show , “A Playground Guide to Getting Lost” curated by Lina Albrikiene: Installation view | 2021 | Neue Galerie Graz, 3 front pieces, Georg Haberler and a Yellow piece in the back wall from Ernst Koslitsch | Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek

The winner of the "Prize of the Province of Styria for the promotion of contemporary visual art" is the artist Georg Haberler

In addition to the main prize there was also the purchase prize which went to the artists Ute Müller and Ernst Koslitsch. 

There were also work grants given to Zweintopf (Eva and Gerhard Pichler) and Alfredo Barsuglia. 

Veronika Hauer received the Contempus Prize, Alfred Lenz the Viktor Fogarassy Prize, and last but not least, Beate Gatschelhofer went home with the Edition-Atelier prize. 

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Neue Galerie Graz presents "A Playground Guide to getting Lost" (Curated by Lina Albrikiene) Installation view | Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek

A book with an exciting story about the idea of ​​the exhibition, the promotion prize and of course the positions of the individual artists has been published for the exhibition.

In addition to our stay in Styria, we enjoyed the city, the weather was perfect and we came back filled with so many positive impressions of the City and its people.


About the exhibition at Neue Galerie Graz | Lina Albrikiene

Lina Albrikiene is a talented curator and artist.

She was employed at the Radvilla Palace Museum of Art which is part of the Lithunian national museum of art in Vilnius.

ernst koslitsch and Daniel Hafner promosing contemporary sculpture artists Austria Neue Galerie Graz exhibition
Ernst Koslitsch and Daniel Hafner | Installation view, “A Playground Guide to Getting Lost” | 2021 | Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek

She was invited by the Neue Galerie to select the winners, scholarship holders and awards from the submissions. 

It was impressive how she put together a wonderful, unique exhibition in the form of "A Playground Guide to Getting Lost" and created an excellent thematic show. 

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Kamilla Bischof | Installation view, “A Playground Guide to Getting Lost” | 2021 | Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek

Munchies Art Club has opened their arms to Lina, inspired by her drive, her motives and her temperament.

We are thrilled that Lina is working on a feature for us where she shares her work, her artistic path and her passion for the arts. 


The title of the exhibition, A Playground Guide to Getting Lost, suggests three possible clues to explain the show.

The playground signifies childhood and its memories, as well as the experience coming from that past that leads us to emotions, feelings, primary knowledge; guide alludes to possible paths, destinations, as well as the uncertainty and assistance needed, inevitable elements of life, especially nowadays; getting lost, a term which is not yet explicit, and which depends on how the two previously suggested concepts are interpreted in each person’s mind.

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Zweintopf, Georg Haberler and Ernst Koslitsch | Installation view, “A Playground Guide to Getting Lost”| 2021 | Neue Galerie Graz | Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek

It may be that a constructive guide will hint at certain reminiscences and will evoke such diverse emotions as fun or sadness, humour or seriousness.

Other visitors might well get lost in the field of their insight—or find the key to it as an unanswered misery.

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Ultimately, a sense of absurdity will likely be awakened.

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Armin Pichler, Veronika Hauer, Alfred Lenz and Kamilla Bischof | Installation view, “A Playground Guide to Getting Lost” | 2021 | Neue Galerie Graz | Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek


For the Promotion Prize of the Province of Styria for Contemporary Fine Arts 2021 competition, 12 artists have been selected for the group exhibition in which they present diverse media art works including (sound-)installations, video, sculptures, posters, paintings, objects and ceramic works.


alfredo barsuglia, a playground guide to getting lost, big promise
Alfredo Barsuglia “The big promise” | 2021 | Wood, plastic, water, plants and other materials | 150 × 200 × 200 cm | Courtesy Nicole Gnesa Gallery, Munich © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021

Next to the fountain, which does not differ significantly from others of its kind, can be found a sign on which is written: The more money you throw into the fountain, the more luck you will have.

The sentence reads like an advertising slogan or the logical course of action to obtain happiness.

A promise, the keeping of which cannot empirically be proven, like so many other promises in society based on capitalist values, is thus valid.

In our society, wealth is seen as a guarantee of happiness. Expensive things are seen as more valuable, given positive connotation. The result is the simple equation: the more money you have, the happier you are.


large scale painting by emerging artist kamilla bischof
Kamilla Bischof “Aloe Vera” | 2019 | Oil on canvas | 150 × 180 cm | Photo: Ingo Kniest

At the centre of Kamilla Bischof’s artistic practice lies painting.She also writes prose and creates furniture sculptures, which a reused in exhibition contexts.

She experiments with performance and film in collaborative projects.

Figurative scenes are represented on her mostly large-format canvases, for example, female figures, animals or other characters that make use of everyday objects or pose in interior landscapes—domestic scenes that stray into the surreal.

Often drawing her motifs from her immediate surroundings, Kamilla Bischof works with found objects and things that come from the world of products. Objects are reworked and placed in relation to one another.


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Beate Gatschelhofer | “it used to be more fun” | 2019–20213-part series of objects, poem, stoneware, porcelain, tricycle, metal object, wood, faux leather, rope | 79 × 39 × 54 cm, 53 × 40 × 47 cm, 45 × 31 × 70 cm | Photo: Beate Gatschelhofer

It used to be more fun is a series of sculptural objects that have arisen over several years and which are continually being added to in terms of the number of objects.

Finds of antiquated play equipment are retained in the condition they were found in, already played upon, then adapted and taken over by metamorphic, melting ceramic objects.

At a place where once childhoods were lived out can now be found cracked, harsh objects—moments frozen in their fluidity, playing with one’s ideologised memory of days gone by, in a manner both melancholic and poetic.

By combining text and object, a reciprocal, narrative gesture is created.


georg haberler, koenig gallery, misa, koslitsch
“Seaspiracy”, 2021,Acrylic Ink, sewing thread and textiles on canvas, 120 × 100 cm, Photo: Georg Haberler

Georg Haberler works with black and white sewing thread, textiles and a colourful palette of inks to create mixed-media paintings full of abstract and representational elements.

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These elements are often arranged so that they seem to need each other, to be playing with each other.

Yet, from element to element, they fluidly follow the dictate of a painterly logic. As such, Georg’s works are endlessly captivating.


daniel hafner installation wuk for promotion prize
Daniel Hafner “Three Vacuum Cleaners And Oversize Hoses”, 2015/2021,Vacuum cleaners, plastic, hoses, dry leaves, cables, lighting control desk, space filling Photo: Daniel Hafner (Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, 2015) © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021

Three Vaccum Cleaners And Oversize Hoses. Piles of leaves and several vacuum cleaners with hoses that are far too long form a scene that originates from a surreal dream.

Daniel Hafner finds out that if sufficient air flows through, some types of hose of a certain length produce loud, resonating frequencies.

Using a system deriving from staging technology, he is able to continually regulate each of the vacuum cleaners.

This forms the basis for Hafner’s ‘score for three vacuum cleaners and oversize hoses’.

What emerges is a spatial audio piece that includes engine noises and different resonance frequencies from the tubes super-imposed upon each other.


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Veronika Hauer “I”, 2021,Plaster cast, acrylic paint, 32 × 10 × 5 cm, Photo: Lena Prehal

In Hauer’s objects, a letter and part of a body merge: the first letter of the body part depicted emerges from the cast of a hand, a foot, an ear (e.g. L for leg, E for ear).

Or a child’s fist clenched into the symbolic hand gesture of the fig sign grows from the trunk of a letter.


the incompetent dragon, a large painting by emerging artist, ernst koslitsch, austria
Ernst Koslitsch „The incompetent Dragon“ | 2021 | Acryl, Pastellkreide und Wandfarbe auf Karton, MDF-Rahmen | 110 × 100 × 5 cm | Foto: Ernst Koslitsch © Bildrecht, Wien 2021

The artist Ernst Koslitsch works consistently on his ever-growing project Yellow Universe.

This universe depicts a parallel fantasy world, a fictional culture, and a mysterious society.

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For his sculptures, the artist utilises used yellow painted wooden panels that he finds on construction sites.


lina abrikiene, curator, with the interactive artwork by alfred lenz
Installation view, “A Playground Guide to Getting Lost” | 2021 | Alfred Lenz, "Fake Clouds", Neue Galerie Graz, Photo: Universalmuseum Joanneum/J.J. Kucek

The work deploys the methods of political disinformation in a conceptual way, exposing the workings whereby global opinion is formed.

With the help of invented statistics, Alfred Lenz prompts us to question the truthfulness of the media we consume.


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Ute Müller | Stainless steel, wood (oak) | 3 × 2.5 m, chain 5 m
Evocatively Nuanced And Curiously Alive, Together With The Inter-Lacing Lines And Forms, Stratified Greys On Her Canvases Envelop The Viewer’s Perceiving Body Into The Folds Of Their Ever-Shifting‘volume.’ The Particular Type Of Tempera She Uses Also Amplifies This Absorptive Volume, For It Makes The Whole Surface Extra Sensitive To The Changing Effect Of Surrounding Light. The Situational Connectedness Constantly Restructures Itself In Response To The Tripartite Relationship Between The Paintings, The Viewing Body, And Their Environment. Small Additional Sculptural Pieces That Seem To Echo Or Generate From Hidden Forms In Her Canvases—Reminiscent Of What Melanie Klein Called ‘Part Objects’—Further Accentuate This Sense Of Connectedness In Their Organic Like Appearances. Overall, All The Elements Around Us Work Together To Transform The Whole Space Into An Aesthetic Echo Chamber Whose ‘Volume’ Never Stops Murmuring About The Dream They Them-Selves Are Breathing. Michio Hayashi


armin pichler, video work, in between, artist
Armin A. Pichler “In between 2021 | Installation View, 2021 (video still)”,Video, full HD, colour, no sound, 6:37 min

In between—being in between: between heaven and earth, between freedom and security, between playing and working, between things you can change and things you are at the mercy of.

A swing whose seat hangs on a chain that is far too long, that has drawn or even dug a furrow in the ground, that disappears into the soil.


artist rene stiegler, with an sculpture, foerderpeis graz
René Stiegler “Scaffolds”, 2019T-shirt (printed), vacuum cleaner, aluminium ventilator, electric motor, speed controller, cable | 80 × 35 × 35 cm | Photo: René Stiegler

After completing his technical education as a mechatronics engineer, René Stiegler studied Industrial Design at the FH Joanneum in Graz.

Following his master’s degree in 2016, he worked as a designer and attended the master class for sculpture at the Ortweinschule Graz.

Since 2021 he has been studying in Alexandra Bircken’s class at the Academy of Fine Arts inMunich. His practice consists largely of a combination of self-exploration and analysis of a wide variety of philosophical and psychoanalytic concepts.


artist group, zweintopf, with a sculpture in public space
Eva und Gerhard Pichler is Zweintopf “Tam Tam” , 2013/2018/2021, 8 party tents without skins, 460 × 460 × 300 cm, Photo: zweintopf © Bildrecht, Vienna 2021
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