Concrete Art

With the Concrete Art project a series of individual large-scale sculptures produced by seven internationally renowned artists was presented in the public town space of Graz. The one common feature of the works shown here is the fact that they were all made out of concrete. The participating artists - Chris Burden, Anthony Cragg, Magdalena Jetelová, Hans Kupelwieser, Matt Mullican, Haim Steinbach and Manfred Wakolbinger - all employ a very different approach to the material and to public space. They present individual artistically significant positions that are able to stand their ground against an urban space that is literally swamped with stimuli. Concrete Art took place in the context of "Graz 2003 - Cultural Capital of Europe" as a joint initiative with "Bauwirtschaft Steiermark" (Styrian Building Industry). Financial support was provided by the Austrian Federal Chancellery - Art Section as well as more than twenty sponsors from the private sector. Werkstatt Kollerschlag was responsible for the concept and realization. The project was curated by Prof. Edelbert Köb, director of the Museum of Modern Art in Vienna. The catalogue published for the exhibition provides information on the production of the individual works.