1981

steirischer herbst ’81

Director
Program Directorate

steirischer herbst ’81 opened with Alban Berg’s Lulu under the musical direction of Friedrich Cerha at the Opera. Another of the numerous steirischer herbst scandals was triggered by the Hermann Nitsch exhibition and his Orgien-Mysterien-Theater (Orgy Mystery Theater) at the Kulturhaus, whose reception is not entirely irrelevant to the further history of the festival. Unlike in 1988, when art was presented in the public space of the city to illuminate its Nazi past, the press initially spurred on the displeasure in this case, before the public’s agitation was expressed with a wheelbarrow of manure dumped in front of the Kulturhaus.

The disparaging statements of the mayor, Alexander Götz (Freedom Party of Austria, or FPÖ), first vice president of steirischer herbst until 1974, and the cultural advisor Heinz Pammer (Austrian People’s Party, or ÖVP), first vice president from 1974 to 1984—who did not call for an immediate closing, as demanded by federal councilor Eduard Pumpernig (ÖVP), but did describe the show as “unappetizing and sickening,” as “crap,” and Nitsch as a “disturbed individual”—would have long-term consequences.1 They continued to be felt until Peter Vujica officially took over as artistic director on January 1, 1982, and even later.

Vujica himself stated to the regional daily newspaper Kleine Zeitung that he had already spoken with Nitsch prior to the opening about participating in steirischer herbst ’83 and felt “more vindicated than intimidated” by the most recent incidents at the Kunsthaus.2 In the end, Nitsch did not participate in the festival in 1983.

1
Christine Resch, Kunst als Skandal: Der steirische herbst und die öffentliche Erregung (Vienna: Verlag für Gesellschaftskritik, 1994), p. 74.
2
Ibid, p. 75.

Program

z.i.m.t - contemporary international music theatre

trigon ´81

visual arts

photo

actionism

film

Festival opening

17.10., 11 am
​Landhaushof
Opening by president Rudolf Kirchschläger

17.10., 3 pm
Neue Galerie
Opening trigon Auf der Suche nach den Autonnomien - Der Regionalismus in der Kunst (Searching for autonomy - Regionalism in Art)
 

Venues

Aula des BRG Mürzzuschlag

Aula des Bundesrealgymnasiums Mürzzuschlag

Bundesrealgymnasium Mürzzuschlag

Ddr. Alfred - Schachner - Hauptschule, Mürzzuschla

Dom, Graz

Forum Stadtpark

Freiberger-Haus

Galerie Droschl, Funkhaus-Galerie

Galerie H

Galerie K

Ganggalerie im Rathaus

Gasthof Brauhaus

Gasthof Martin Holzer

Grazer Congress

Großer Saal des Volkshauses

Haus der Jugend

Joanneum, Ecksaal

Kammermusiksaal ( Grazer Kongress)

Kammermusiksaal (Grazer Kongress)

Kulturhaus Graz

Messehalle

Neue Galerie Graz

Neue Galerie Graz, Künstlerhaus

ORF-Landesstudio

ORF-Studio

Oper Graz

Palais Saurau

Redoutensaal des Schauspielhauses

Redoutensaal des Schauspielhauses, Graz

Stefaniensaal (Grazer Kongress)

Steiermarksaal

Universität Graz

Vortragssaal des Bundesrealgymnasiums Mürzzuschlag

Publications

Program booklet of steirischer herbst 1981: steirischer herbst executive secretary's office, steirischer herbst ’81 (Z.I.M.T.) (Graz: steirischer herbst executive secretary's office, 1981)

Kunstmuseum Luzern, Schweizer Kunst ’70–’80. Regionalismus / Internationalismus , Bilanz einer neuen Haltung in der Schweizer Kunst der 70er Jahre am Beispiel von 30 Künstlern (Luzern: 1981)

Manfred Willmann / Forum Stadtpark, Symposion on Photography II (Graz: Fotogalerie im Forum Stadtpark, 1981)

steirischer herbst executive secretary's office, Z.I.M.T. Zeitgenössisches Internationales Muskiktheater (Graz: steirischer herbst executive secretary's office, 1981)

Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, trigon 81. Auf der Suche nach den Autonomien. Der Regionalismus in der Kunst (Graz: 1981)

Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Werke der XVI. internationalen Malerwochen in der Steiermark (Graz: 1981)

Otto Kolleritsch, Zur „Neuen Einfachheit“ in der Musik (Studien zur Wertungsforschung 14) (Graz-Vienna: Universal Edition, 1981)

Universität Stuttgart, Steirischer Herbst, Kriegssteig Graz. Räumliche Inszenierungen und Installationen am Kriegssteig in Graz vom 28.9. bis 3.10.1981 (Stuttgart: 1981)

Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, Josef Taucher. Bilder 81 (Graz: 1981)

Retrospective
Retrospective
Retrospective