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T+L Reports: Groovy Graz

The small city of Graz, Austria, crowned this year's Cultural Capital of Europe in January, has gone to extraordinary lengths to prove that it deserves the honor. With a budget of some $56 million, it has already initiated more than 4,000 events, exhibitions, and architectural projects. Among them: Island in the Mur, a floating-clamshell amphitheater by American artist Vito Acconci, as well as site-specific works of art at the airport, train station, and along autobahn access roads (a wall of mechanized waving arms greets drivers arriving from the west). Kunsthaus Graz, a new museum for contemporary art designed by London architects Peter and Colin Fournier, is the most spectacular project of all. It opened with Eintönen, a sound installation. "Einbildung" (Imagination), the inaugural exhibition, begins on October 25 with works by, among others, Ellsworth Kelly, Bridget Riley, Max Neuhaus, and Olafur Eliasson (through January 18). The building itself—a space-age blue bubble with a high-tech media-screen façade—will project commissioned pieces by such conceptual artists as Lawrence Weiner and Angela Bulloch.
—Kim Levin

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