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50 years of steirischer herbst in one artist’s book: in fragments, subjectively and without nostalgic window dressing.




Stories of a “Festival that Explores the Times”

50 Years, 5 Nodes

Diese Wildnis hat Kultur

herbst archive – analogue and digital

herbst fragments

Where Are We Now?

Concept Martin Behr (AT), Martin Gasser (AT), Johanna Hierzegger (AT)
With contributions by Peter Ablinger, Wolfgang Bauer, Martin Behr, Diedrich Diederichsen, VALIE EXPORT, Sonja Gangl, Martin Gasser, Friederike Gösweiner, Pia Hierzegger, Mathis Huber, Elfriede Jelinek , Kurt Jungwirth, Veronica Kaup-Hasler, Händl Klaus, Hanns Koren, Wolfgang Kos, Wolfgang Kralicek,  Alois Krenn, Rainer Metzger, Ivan Moudov, Peter Piller, Erwin Polanc, Helmut Ploebst, Anja Quickert, Stefanie Sargnagel, Clemens J. Setz, Robert Steijn, Peter Strasser, Wolfgang Ullrich, Anselm Wagner & Sophia Walk et al.


German language



Wed 27/09, 19.30

Forum Stadtpark

Admission free

In the frame of “Stories of a ‘Festival that Explores the Times’”

On the occasion of the anniversary of steirischer herbst an artist’s book recalls the history of the avant-garde festival: in fragments, subjectively and without nostalgic window dressing. Historical essays, artistic reflections, personal memories, public scandals, numerous photos, original documents published for the first time, statistics, and diagrams in culinary form all combine to create a rich reference work spanning half a century of cultural history. What is more, each copy of the lavishly designed “herbstbuch” is a unique collector’s item thanks to the large number of artistic contributions.

ISBN 978-3-222-13577-4
416 pages
170 x 240 mm
Graphic design by Atelier Neubacher, Satz & Sätze
Styria Verlag, Wien – Graz – Klagenfurt, 2017