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The Anarchistic Amateur’s Alphabet



Opening: 21.9., 15:00


Parallel Program 2019

Production specifics
Artists: Ingo Abeska, Iris Andraschek, bankleer, Blue Noses Group, Nayarí Castillo, Christian Eisenberger, Memed Erdener, Veza Fernández / Christina Lederhaas, Aldo Giannotti, Johannes Gierlinger, Anne Glassner, G.R.A.M., Michael Heindl, Andreas Heller, Johanna Hierzegger, Anita Hofer / Reni Hofmüller, Katrin Hornek, Franz Kapfer, Karl Karner, Leopold Kessler, Paul Lässer, Damian Le Bas, Delaine Le Bas, Alfred Lenz, Hubert Lobnig, Juan Pablo Macías, Ralo Mayer, Ryts Monet, Ivan Moudov, Anton Petz, Katrin Plavčak, Leon Podesser, Lavinia Raccanello, Arne Rautenberg, RESANITA, Paul Schmidtbauer, Elisabeth Schmirl, Alexander Stern, eva helene stern ***, Mladen Stilinović, studio ASYNCHROME, Tonto, Nasan Tur, Vladimír Turner, Roswitha Weingrill, Markus Wilfling, Johannes Wohlfart, Martin Zet, Gamlet Zinkovsky, zweintopf

Program Coordinators: Anton Lederer and Margarethe Makovec

Cooperation partners: Bibliothek und Sammlung Reinhard Müller, Sammlung Günter Eisenhut, Günther Holler-Schuster, Neue Galerie Graz–Universalmuseum Joanneum, Anarchistische Bibliothek/Archiv/Institut für Anarchismusforschung Wien, and Verlag Matthes & Seitz Berlin

Supported by steirischer herbst ’19

M for man: “The future occupant of a coffin that walks around for a while and is allowed to do all sorts of silly things.” This is just one of hundreds of definitions found in the Alphabet des anarchistischen Amateurs(The Anarchistic Amateur’s Alphabet). Published by the Graz literary scholar Beatrix Müller-Kampel in 2007, the book is a collection of “aphorisms, statements, and observations” by Herbert Müller-Guttenbrunn (1887–1945). During the 1920s he first published his magazine Das Nebelhorn (The Foghorn). This exhibition project brings together his writings with works by contemporary artists. It gives an impetus for a contemporary examination of anarchism, which “through radically democratic principles ‘wished to establish’ a societal framework suitable for providing the greatest possible freedom to the individual,” and providing “the greatest possible equality and justice,” as author Ilija Trojanow writes. In the present time, when ideological narrow-mindedness, rising nationalism, and totalitarian tendencies are trying to take root again, this is more relevant than ever.