steirischer herbst ’91
Cover Discover

Horst Gerhard Haberl

Festival dates

Curatorial team
Advisory Board: Werner Krause, Peter Strasser

Dramaturge/ Press Officer: Johannes Frankfurter

“The art of discovery is an act thanks to which the truth (i.e. the theoretical view of ideas) is being pulled out from under the blanket of oblivion, it is the act of giving birth.”
— Vilém Flusser

“This year’s steirischer herbst is entitled COVERDISCOVER. It focuses on the phenomena associated with ‘visibilisation’—and its prevention—of things or objects, be it consciously or unconsciously, willfully or accidentally achieved. It deals with the interplay between thing and no-thing, with the discovery of non-places so long covered and not yet experienced. …
The term counter-events might serve to embrace this programme. Because all participating artists perform counter-movements, insofar as they take advantage of the rampant joy of watching and prepare the way for a new quality of the ‘other inside’, the quality of being re-experienced.”
—Horst Gerhard Haberl (original booklet translations)

Entdecken Verdecken (Cover Discover) was the title of steirischer herbst ’91, which, according to the program booklet, was to delve into the “phenomena relating to the conscious, unconscious, desired, or impeded visualization of things and objects, the interplay between thing and non-thing, and discovering concealed non-places in the hitherto not yet experienced.” Part of the festival concept was a focus on “nodes of existential topics,” which were also taken up in the three annual steirischer herbst publications.

These included the series Bis unter die Haut (Under the Skin) which, under the direction of Brigitte Fürle as “No Made Theatre,” addressed the radical body language of expressive or muted bodies, with the Catalonian action theater group La Fura dels Baus and its spectacular production Noun at the Waagner-Biró-Halle. The premieres included the multimedia dance piece Cumulus by GANG ART and kallas & kennedy by MINIMAL CLUB.

While musikprotokoll ’91 was dedicated to the topic Nacht (Night), the exhibition Sinneswerkzeug—Kunst als Instrument (Sensory Tool—Art as an Instrument) took visitors into zones of rediscovered or newly repressed perceptual spaces, and the Literature Symposium took up trains of thought by Botho Strauß with Treiber und Wächter (Driving Forces and Custodians). After the official segment at the decommissioned Thalia cinema, the opening culminated with the premiere of Botho Strauß’s play Angelas Kleider (Angela’s Clothes) at the Schauspielhaus, which was staged by the young German star director Leander Haußmann.



No Made Theatre



Exhibitions / Gallery Days

Symposia / Academy

Film / Video

Out of Graz

Festival opening

4.10.1991, 5 pm
Opening by the president of steirischer herbst Kurt Jungwirth, Speech by Rudolf Scholten, GANG ART


Brüderlein Fein

CCW, Cultur Centrum Wolkenstein, Stainach

Café Thalia

Edlacherhof, Mürzzuschlag

Forum Stadtpark

Galerie & Edition Artelier

Galerie Bleich-Rossi

Galerie CC

Galerie Droschl

Galerie Freiberger, Mürzzuschlag

Galerie Griss

Galerie H. + W. Lang

Galerie K

Galerie Lendl

HDA - Haus der Architektur Graz

Kabelwerk, Breitenfeld

Kammermusiksaal (Grazer Kongress)


Kulturhaus Graz

Künstlerhaus, Neue Galerie Graz

Museum der Wahrnehmung

Neue Galerie/Studio Graz



Palais Attems

Palais Meran

Redoutensaal des Schauspielhauses, Graz

Refektorium des Münsters

Saal der Handelskammer Mürzzuschlag

Schauspielhaus Graz


Stefaniensaal (Grazer Kongress)


Universität Graz

Volksschule Hohentauern

Volksschule St. Lorenzen am Wechsel

Waagner-Biro Halle IX

Werkstadt Graz

stadtmuseumgraz, Grazer Kunstverein


Program booklet of steirischer herbst 1991: steirischer herbst Veranstaltungsges.m.b.H., steirischer herbst ’91 (EntdeckenVerdecken) (Graz: 1991)

Horst G. Haberl, Werner Krause und Peter Strasser, herbstschrift 1/91. Eine Nomadologie der Neunziger (Graz: Verlag Droschl, 1991)

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Horst G. Haberl, Werner Krause und Peter Strasser, herbstschrift 2/91. Eine Nomadologie der Neunziger (Graz: Verlag Droschl, 1991)

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Horst G. Haberl, Werner Krause und Peter Strasser, herbstschrift 3/91. Eine Nomadologie der Neunziger (Graz: Verlag Droschl, 1991)

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steirischer herbst Veranstaltungsgesellschaft m.bH., herbstschrift 3/91 (Graz: 1991)

Hort Georg Haberl, Werner Krause und Peter Strasser, Entdecken. Verdecken. Eine Nomadologie der Neunziger (herbstbuch zwei) (Graz: Verlag Droschl, 1991)

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Cathrin Pichler (Ed.), Sinneswerkzeug. Kunst als Instrument (Vienna: Passagen Verlag, 1991)

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Neue Galerie am Landesmuseum Joanneum, trigon 8 ✕ 2 aus 7 (Graz: 1991) 

Andreas Brandolini, Platz machen (Berlin: Merve Verlag, 1991)

Franz Grabner, Die projizierte Familie. Filme im steirischen herbst ’91 (Graz: 1991)