steirischer herbst ’70

Program Advisory Board

Festival dates

A highlight of the musical performances in 1970 was the premiere of a staged version of György Ligeti’s Aventures & Nouvelles Aventures—despite the inconsistencies between the original version by the composer and the interpretation by the Cologne-based director Hans Neugebauer. Commissioned compositions were increasingly included in musikprotokoll for the first time, and established composers were juxtaposed with works of the younger generation—for instance, works by Ernst Krenek and his student Marc-Antonio Consoli. Edgar Varèse, who had died five years before, was honored as a key musical figure.

After only five weeks of rehearsal time, Harald Sommer’s play A unhamlich schtorka Obgaung (An Incredibly Spectacular Exit), directed by Bernd Fischerauer, premiered at the steirischer herbst festival—with tumults both onstage and off. Curator Wilfried Skreiner presented sculptures at Schloss Eggenberg under the title Österreichische Kunst 1970 (Austrian Art 1970). Alternating with the trigon biennial, the internationally acclaimed trigon Personale (solo presentation) of the work of Italian designer and architect Bruno Munari took place at the Künstlerhaus in Graz.


musical theatre pieces


visual arts

Festival opening

3.10., 3:30 pm
​Schloss Eggenberg
Ceremonious Opening by president Franz Jonas 


Basilika Seckau

Festsaal der Pädagogischen Akademie - Eggenberg

Festsaal der Stadtgemeinde

Großer Saal des Böhler Werkshotel, Kapfenberg




Neue Galerie Graz

Oper Graz


Schauspielhaus Graz

Schloss Eggenberg

Sporthalle der Hauptschule Weiz

Stefaniensaal (Grazer Kongress)


Program booklet of steirischer herbst 1970: steirischer herbst executive secretary's office, steirischer herbst ’70 (Graz: steirischer herbst executive secretary's office, 1970)

Styrian state cultural department, Tradition. Hilfe oder Hemmnis? (Graz: 1970)

Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Österreichische Kunst 1970 (Graz: 1970)

Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, trigon-Personale 3. Bruno Munari (Graz: 1970)

Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Werke der fünften internationalen Malerwochen 1970 auf Schloß Retzhof, Leibnitz (Graz: 1970)