Art and culture are to be found everywhere on the AAU campus. Built by Roland Rainer, the extensively refurbished ‘Vorstufengebäude’ was the very first university building to be built on campus and is now protected by a preservation order.
The campus has a vibrant, diverse cultural life. Exhibitions are regularly put on by Wissen schafft Kunst (“Knowledge creates art”), iff-ART and mk-ARTE, whilst the University Cultural Centre (UNIKUM) forges links between artistic practice and research into creative subjects. The Wissen schafft Bücher (“Knowledge creates books”) series showcases books written by members of the university, whilst the Kostbarkeiten aus der Bibliothek (“Selected works from the university library”) exhibition displays rare books of interest to collectors.
With events ranging from Spanish theatre to a lecture series on Star Trek, the campus culture is brought to life by the people who work and study here.
A campus immersed in art
On campus, art is everywhere. Most striking of all are the artworks, created by major international artists that were incorporated into the university’s “new” architecture, which was built in 2002.
Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft m.b.H commissioned five artworks from Šejla Kamerić, Lawrence Weiner, Heimo Zobernig, Valentin Oman and Viktor Rogy, in cooperation with the University Cultural Centre (UNIKUM), for the extensions to the library and South Wing. The commission was curated by art project manager Martin Fritz.
The “Kostbarkeiten aus der Bibliothek” exhibition series
The “Kostbarkeiten aus der Bibliothek” (“Selected works from the university library”) exhibition series features rare and unusual books from the AAU university library.
Further information about the exhibition series and associated projects can be found on the University library webpage.
The Reflectorium in the Vorstufengebäude building is home to AAU HiStories, a permanent exhibition about the history of Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, as well as temporary exhibitions organised in cooperation with mk ARTE, an initiative run by the Department of Media and Communications Science. The permanent AAU HiStories exhibition is accompanied by a lively virtual exhibition.
For one semester of study each year, the public spaces at the university’s site at 15 Sterneckstraße will be transformed into an exhibition space titled iff-ART. iff-ART focuses on artists with personal links to the university or whose art is linked to the university, and who use this art to offer new insights into or to challenge research and science or subject it to scrutiny.
Michaela Fliedl: Aufforderung zum Tanz (Ausschnitt)
University Cultural Centre UNIKUM
The University Cultural Centre (UNIKUM) is an experimental space for art and cultural projects. The UNIKUM, which is headed by Emil Krištof and Gerhard Pilgram, celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2016.
The Lakeside Art Space (Kunstraum Lakeside)
The Lakeside Art Space is located in the Lakeside District. The venue regularly hosts themed exhibitions featuring works by contemporary, internationally-recognised artists.
“Wissen schafft Bücher” book showcase
The Wissen schafft Bücher (“Knowledge creates books”) series has been showcasing new books written or edited by staff at the university since 2005. Events are run in cooperation with the books’ respective publishers and usually take place in the Lakeside Art Space and other selected locations on occasion. Each showcase is centred around a ‘conversation’ about the book and a discussion on themes connected to the book with partners and guests.