steirischer herbst ’74

Program Directorate

Festival dates

The artists’ group pool, which included Horst Gerhard Haberl, Karl Neubacher, and Richard Kriesche, were seeking increased contact to politics and business, and so established the performance and exhibition space known as poolerie in a vaulted cellar in the historical center of Graz in 1974. The exhibition Kunst als Lebensritual (Art as a Life Ritual), which Haberl curated, took place at poolerie that same year in conjunction with steirischer herbst. Following Körpersprache—Bodylanguage (1973), the exhibition examined the use of the body, even as far as the total merging of art and life, based on artists such as Vito Acconci, John Baldessari, Lynda Benglis, Chris Burden, Takahiko Iimura, Shigeko Kubota, Les Levine, Karl Neubacher, Dennis Oppenheim, Friederike Pezold, and Hannah Wilke. The pool group also organized an event on the related topics of the penal system and steirischer herbst as well as models for socializing prisoners, leading to the attempt to draft posters for steirischer herbst ’74 in cooperation with ten inmates of the Karlau male penitentiary in Graz.

musikprotokoll increasingly expanded its didactic aspirations beyond the borders of Europe, for instance, with a concert evening of Neue Musik from Brazil. Zygmunt Krauze invited visitors to a Fête galante et pastorale composed specifically for the Baroque architecture of Schloss Eggenberg, in which thirteen recording media filled thirteen spaces with sound via twenty-six loudspeakers. In 1974, free jazz concerts were also added to musikprotokoll for the first time. The theater program was flanked by the Austrian premiere of Peter Handke’s Die Unvernünftigen sterben aus (They Are Dying Out), as a guest performance by the Junge Burg theater company from Vienna, and Benjamin Britten’s opera adaptation of Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice.


visual arts

theatre opera


literature symposion


7. Styrian national exhibition

3. international jazz days

Festival opening

5.10., 11 am
Opening by president Rudolf Kirchschläger 

5.10., 11:45 am
trigon solo exhibition 5 - Opening Joannis Avramidis Plastik und Grafik (Sculptures and Graphic Art)

5.10., 4 pm
Neue Galerie 
Opening Architect Ferdinand Schuster 1920-1972 


Blauer Salon

Festsaal der Arbeiterkammer

Festsaal der Pädagogischen Akademie - Eggenberg

Forum Stadtpark

Franziskanerkirche, Graz

Ganggalerie im Rathaus

Grazer Messe, Halle 1

Haus der Jugend

Joanneum, Ecksaal

Kammermusiksaal (Grazer Kongress)


Kulturhaus Graz


Neue Galerie Graz

Oper Graz

Palais Attems

Palais Saurau


Schauspielhaus Graz

Schloss Eggenberg

Stefaniensaal (Grazer Kongress)



Program booklet of steirischer herbst 1974: steirischer herbst executive secretary's office, steirischer herbst ’74 (Graz: steirischer herbst executive secretary's office, 1974)

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Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Werke der IX. internationalen Malerwochen in der Steiermark (Graz: 1974)