The permanent exhibition of the Graz Museum was first presented in 2012 and extended by an additional room in 2016. Since then The Story of Graz has illustrated the development of the Styrian state capital from the Middle Ages to 2003 from both local and European perspectives. It brings the past into the exhibition space in the structure of a well-arranged presentation depot with which the Graz Museum was nominated for the European Museum of the Year Award 2014.
The exhibition throws a light on the history of Graz from different perspectives: from the European one, the one of urban development, the one of social diversity, or the one of gender history. What you can find in the thematically and chronologically arranged presentation, is your personal interpretation of the many-voiced history of Graz. Depending on your individual interests, you can walk through all period rooms along the subjects Project of the City, Images of the City, Diversity, and Gender Roles, or deepen your knowledge of a specific period.
Adopting a showing attitude, The Story of Graz indirectly thematizes the institution of the museum and the medium of the exhibition too: To which extent can the exhibited objects “represent” a period, hence literally “make it present”? Here, the exhibits are to a lesser extent only illustrative evidence of any historical line of argument, but rather speak themselves. The objects of the past become active and invoking actors in a mise-en-scène of random splinters of a fragmentary heritage—at the same time spatially close and distant in time.
Credits 360 Graz digital
Project conception and management
Otto Hochreiter, Martina Zerovnik
Angela Rossmann, Martin Hammer
Scientific support / collection
Katharina Mraček-Gabalier, Franz Leitgeb
Editing and public relations
Technical Development Maps "Graz and Europe"
Christoph Kirmaier / Bildwerk
Federal Chancellery of Austria – Division II: Arts and Culture
Arno Friebes, Edin Prnjavorac, Lena Prehal, Wolfgang Thaler
Narrators "History of the City"
Amelie Bauer, Kathryn Birds, Franz Gollner, David McShane
Filmarchiv Austria, OENB, ORF Steiermark, Sammlung Martin Behr, Max Aufischer, STICHWORT. Archiv der Frauen- und Lesbenbewegung, Lampls Fahrradmuseum, Hans Haacke, Familie Goess-Saurau, Steiermärkisches Landesarchiv, Steiermärkische Landesbibliothek, Konvent der Franziskaner, Joachim Hainzl, Stadt Graz Magistratsmanagement, Sammlung der Stadt Graz
Advice and support by Design Thinking
blueLAB: Eva Kleinferchner, Peter Webhofer
360 Graz online is based on the permanent exhibition 360 Graz. A Story of Graz
Overall concept and curator: Otto Hochreiter
Curator: Martina Zerovnik
Co-curators: Annette Rainer, Christian Rapp
Project management: Sibylle Dienesch
Exhibition assistance: Franziska Schurig
Translation (English): Otmar Lichtenwörther
Exhibition design: Arquitectos
Graphic design of the exhibition: MVD Austria
Photographs Political Physiognomy: Wolfgang Thaler
Research associates: Wolfram Dornik, Joachim Hainzl, Katharina Mraček-Gabalier, Franz Leitgeb, Rainer Rosegger