Pic.:Csaba Nemes

Artistic Positions on the Hotel Metropole, Gestapo Headquarters in Vienna from 1938 to 1945

Opening of the exhibition:
on Friday, December 11, 2015, 9pm

The exhibition is open on that day from 6 pm to until midnight.

Participating artists:
Petra Gerschner / Michael Backmund, Helmut & Johanna Kandl, Ernst Logar, Zdena Kolečková, Martin Krenn / students of
GAFA – Culinary Institute of Vienna, Csaba Nemes,
Arye Wachsmuth / Sophie Lillie

Postcard series with contributions by:
Martin Krenn, Sarah Mendelsohn, Lisl Ponger, Isa Rosenberger,
Tim Sharp, Clemens Wihlidal

Curated by:
Birgit Lurz, Wolfgang Schlag, Margarethe Makovec, Anton Lederer

Photos from the opening
Photos from the exhibition

Location: < rotor >, Volksgartenstraße 6a, Graz

12.12.–23.12.2015 + 7.1.–27.2.2016

Opening hours: MO – FR 10:00 – 18:00, SA 12:00 – 16:00
Closed on Sundays and bank holidays

Admission free!

Educational modules accompanying the exhibition:
* Conversational tours through the exhibition
* “A Suitcase Full of Memories”, workshop on the Shoah
* Visit of “Stolpersteine” (cobble-stone sized memorials
for individual victims of Nazism) in the neighbourhood
of < rotor >
For school classes and other groups by prior appointment:: rotor@mur.at, 0316/ 688306

The Hotel Metropole, which was built in 1873, was one of the most prestigious establishments in Vienna. Right after the “Anschluss” in March 1938, the National Socialists confiscated the building and turned it into the Gestapo headquarters. Several tens of thousands of individuals were filed in the building on the Morzinplatz between 1938 and 1945; they were arrested, interrogated, tortured, and committed to prisons and concentration camps. Subsequently, many of them were murdered.

In the frame of Into the City, a programmatic component of the festival Wiener Festwochen, a large number of artists examined the contaminated place this year. A selection of the realised artworks will be presented in two successive exhibitions at < rotor >. In addition to this, different educational modules are offered.

A project in cooperation by: Into the City & < rotor >

Programme items:
Saturday, December 12, 2015, 14:00 _ Conversation with artists and curators on the exhibition
Saturday, January 16, 2016, 14:00 _ Curatorial tour through the exhibition
Saturday, February 27, 2016, 14:00 _ Closing day of the exhibition, curatorial tour through the exhibition, lecture and commemorative walk

/ December 11, 2015
Collective openings:
18:00 Künstlerhaus KM- Halle für Kunst & Medien "CLUBBLUMEN"
19:00 Grazer Kunstverein "ASTORIA" / "THE MEMBERS LIBRARY"
20:00 Camera Austria "EFRAT SHVILI"


Free Shuttle-Service on December 11, 2015:
Departure VIENNA: 3pm, opera bus stop, bus 59a /
Departure GRAZ: 11.30pm, < rotor >, Volksgarten

Project partners:
Centre of Jewish Studies at Karl Franzens University Graz,
CLIO Association for Education and History Work,
Documentation Centre of Austrian Resistance – DÖW,
erinnern.at – Styrian Network,
Styrian Society for Cultural Politics,
Tacheles Styria– Association for the Promotion of Jewish Culture,
Association for the Culture of Remembrance in Graz