Mission Statement / Vision Statement

kunstGarten is a cultural initiative for the support and promotion of the contemporary arts, especially of garden art, with the aim of
– personal enrichment throught encounters with both natural and artistic phenomena
– giving acces to varied artistic approaches and uses of space and/or plants
– making garden spaces to be manifest art space

Those aims will be served by a variety of pulic events and projects, in a year-round programme of activities that (in diverse ways) all address the theme of nature / culture, while taking advantage of the particular medium of “the garden”, the created space: the real, and virtual, art-space of human kind.

garden art and landscape architectur

film, music, theatre, liteature

garden art in public places / in the community; art in garden space

media sculpture; garden library

Flora Performing; Garden Archive Rosary

Like buildings in architecture, gardens mediate the aestetic and functional ideas of the men and women who created them, and the cultural conditions of their origins. As scholars addressing gardens and garden theories hav demonstrated, gardens and parks show clear parallels with feudal and bourgeois conditions of society, within their periods. The philosophical discussion of the aestetics of art, and of nature arises from mythical roots in paradise, to end in the facts of urban life and times of our present-day. experience, where gardens afford first-hand experience of nature; are sources, and archives, of botanical knowledge; ring in the seasons in a largely built-up enviroment; and are places where public space is both intimate and unselfconscious.


Gladiolen / Rose Maréchal Niel / Hartmut Skerbisch: FRAKTAL / Matta Wagnest WOLKENKUGEL / Gartenführung / Hartmut Skerbisch SPHÄRE 235

The interest of city residents, of artists and the aristically active, and of curltural representatives, should be directe upon city gardens and parks, in that knowledge: they should be mindful of the fact that each and every garden, in an urban envornment, is a treasure to be preserved.

With its year-round activities, the aim of the non-profit society kunstGarten is to contribute to the social and cultural revival of the 5th District of the city Graz, which has so far perhaps receive less attention than others. Starting form the artistic genre of Garden Art (itself a little neglected), regional and supra-regional projects are to be joined to form a network of artistic, scholarly and social projects, while the “place of action” – a thematic, virtual, or real place – will be nature: a garden.

The aims of this inclusive project are to offer new perscectives of artistic integration and understanding o art; and in this way, to effect a coming to terms with an important theme in art that has not yet been realised, in this shape and form.

kunstGarten starts from the ere and now of local conditions, and takes into account the present-day interest in nature (now much on the increase) of large parts of population: in this way, kunstGarten and its projects would like to initiate and promote new, highly-charged area of nture – culture / nature – nurture. In this way, kunstGarten aims to strengthen the cultural identity of this “garden city” (as Graz is often called), and to improve the quality of life of the inhabitants of this capital of Styria.

A garden is a space where all generations can experience, and contribute to, cult and culture: it is therefore a medium for inspiration, for interpersonal interaction, and for tolerance; a space that permits art.

“Given that cognition – the tree of knowledge – has led to the loss of the Garden of Eden, we need art to help us survive.” Irmi Horn