KULTUM. Zentrum für Gegenwart, Kunst und Religion in Graz

breathing in – breathing out

What does “BREATHING” mean after over a year of the coronavirus pandemic? Breathing—really the first and the last sign of life—is dangerous in the presence of others: this was and still is the most frightful experience of the past year. It can unleash a threatening illness that has kept the whole world holding its breath for over a year. Most insidiously, the virus penetrates the center of our existence through our breath.

With more than a dozen artistic contributions, the exhibition EINATMEN – AUSATMEN / breathing in – breathing out reflects on this time that is hopefully behind us. It also incorporates the historic space of the Minorite Monastery in Graz, whose Minorite Hall and cloister were renovated during the “corona period.”

Where curtains wave in the breeze, it lets the building sigh, reveals emergency exits, creates spaces for relaxation. It points out ways to escape the pressure of control and free oneself from an inner shortness of breath. It frees us from the states of breathlessness to which we have resigned ourselves during this time.

Artists: Marina Abramović/Ulay, Michael Endlicher, VALIE EXPORT, Heribert Friedl, Anita Fuchs, Julie Hayward, Anna Jermolaewa, Agnieszka Kalinowska, Isabella Kohlhuber, Ferdinand Penker, Christiane Peschek, Werner Reiterer, Michael Triegel, Liesl Raff, Nina Schuiki, Markus Wilfling, and Daniel Amin Zaman

3.6.–30.7., 7.9.–13.11.


KULTUM. Zentrum für Gegenwart, Kunst und Religion in Graz
Mariahilferplatz 3, 8020 Graz  ♿

Tue–Sat 11:00–17:00, Sun 15:00–18:00

5 euros (free admission under 18 years)

Tours: 3 euros

Curated by Katrin Bucher Trantow (Kunsthaus Graz) and Johannes Rauchenberger (KULTUM)

Coproduced by KULTUM and steirischer herbst ’21
Supported by Verein Ausstellungshaus für christliche Kunst e.V., Diözese Graz-Seckau, Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlicher Dienst und Sport, Land Steiermark: Kultur – Europa – Sport und Stadt Graz – Kulturamt