Edward Clydesdale Thomson Bio
Grazer Kunstverein is moving Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria ongoing
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: mirror for - ‘Grazer Kunstverein moves to the Botanical Garden’ with 
Edward Clydesdale Thomson Year-long project. Polished stainless steel, vinyl, light bulbs, reused brise soleil from the Botanical Gardens. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: mirror for - ‘Grazer Kunstverein moves to the Botanical Garden’ with 
Edward Clydesdale Thomson Year-long project. Polished stainless steel, vinyl, light bulbs, reused brise soleil from the Botanical Gardens. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: mirror for - ‘Grazer Kunstverein moves to the Botanical Garden’ with 
Edward Clydesdale Thomson Year-long project. Polished stainless steel, vinyl, light bulbs, reused brise soleil from the Botanical Gardens. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: dressing screen for - ‘Grazer Kunstverein moves to a football stadium’ with Tai Shani, 4.3.2020, 18 Uhr. Aluminium, brass. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: dressing screen for - ‘Grazer Kunstverein moves to a football stadium’ with Tai Shani, 4.3.2020, 18 Uhr. Aluminium, brass. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: dressing screen for - ‘Grazer Kunstverein moves to a football stadium’ with Tai Shani, 4.3.2020, 18 Uhr. Aluminium, brass. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: lamp for - ‘Grazer Kunstverein moves to the airwaves’ with 
Edward Clydesdale Thomson. 5.9.2020 18 Uhr. Polished stainless steel, steel rebar. light bulbs. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: lamp for - ‘Grazer Kunstverein moves to the airwaves’ with 
Edward Clydesdale Thomson. 5.9.2020 18 Uhr. Polished stainless steel, steel rebar. light bulbs. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: lamp for - ‘Grazer Kunstverein moves to the airwaves’ with 
Edward Clydesdale Thomson. 5.9.2020 18 Uhr. Polished stainless steel, steel rebar. light bulbs. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: lamp for - ‘Grazer Kunstverein moves to the airwaves’ with 
Edward Clydesdale Thomson. 5.9.2020 18 Uhr. Polished stainless steel, steel rebar. light bulbs. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: clothes rack for - Grazer ‘Kunstverein moves to the city library’ with Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, 28.2.2020, 18 Uhr. Concrete, steel, lights, wheels, space for books. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: clothes rack for - Grazer ‘Kunstverein moves to the city library’ with Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, 28.2.2020, 18 Uhr. Concrete, steel, lights, wheels, space for books. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: clothes rack for - Grazer ‘Kunstverein moves to the city library’ with Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, 28.2.2020, 18 Uhr. Concrete, steel, lights, wheels, space for books. 2020
Grazer Kunstverein is moving
Documentation: clothes rack for - Grazer ‘Kunstverein moves to the city library’ with Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński, 28.2.2020, 18 Uhr. Concrete, steel, lights, wheels, space for books. 2020

Throughout 2020 Grazer Kunstverein is conducting a feasibility study aimed at speculatively re-locating the institution. This performative public program unfolds alongside a continuous exhibition program, as a companion series of ephemeral events in test sites across the seventeen districts of the city of Graz.

Conceived together with Edward Clydesdale Thomson and an expanded team (Kate Strain, Tanja Gurke, Margareth Otti, Christina Simmerer, and Ahmad Darkhabani) in collaboration with Graz Kulturjahr 2020, we are set to embark on a year-long research project, with the end goal of finding a new home for the institution.

The idea of moving presents us with an opportunity to rethink the role and function of the Kunstverein. What do we do and for whom do we do it? How would moving change or impact our current modes of production? What freedoms and challenges might we encounter with the simple gesture of leaving our four walls in the Innere Stadt? How might relocation enable us to actively question and critically reflect on the role of culture and the necessity of art in the city?

What would it mean to learn as an institution? Could we reimagine the Kunstverein as a library for omitted histories with Belinda Kazeem-Kamiński in Gries? Could it occupy the dressing rooms of the football stadium in Liebenau for feminist science fiction readings by Tai Shani? Could we plant roots in the old growth forests of Mariatrost with Alma Heikkilä, or create a permanent outdoor classroom with Markus Jeschaunig in cooperation with Breathe Earth Collective?

How can we imagine things other than the way they are? Should the Kunstverein become a public bath house with sculptures by Anna Paul in Waltendorf? Or a mobile venue touring Andritz with a performance by Dennis McNulty? Could we stage the undoing of art history with Emma Wolf Haugh in a bar in Lend? What might we discover from a lecture in St. Leonhard on what is not there by Irina Gheorghe?

Where does culture happen and to whom does it belong? Can it be shared over food with Fiona Hallinan in Ries? Or whispered in prose by Fiston Mwanza Mujila from an abandoned lift shaft in Gösting? Could it flourish in a private garden in St. Peter in the hands of Lukas Meßner? Or find a broader platform alongside screenings by Bianca Baldi in Wetzelsdorf and Damir Očko in Straßgang?

Could we practice care and cultivation akin to Geidorf's Botanical Gardens? How might we alter economies operating from a market stall in Eggenberg? Should we disappear physically to float through the air on community radio waves around Jakomini? What if we start fresh and rebuild entirely on a derelict plot in Puntigam?

Findings from seasonal workshops, performances, events and gatherings converge at a central Depot at the Grazer Kunstverein. This Depot, designed by Edward Clydesdale Thomson, acts as a meeting place, gathering point, incubation hub and evolving project archive, presenting newly commissioned creative documentation by Clara Wildberger, Bettina Landl, Nava Ebrahimi, Christoph Szalay, and The Schubidu Quartet. The Depot provides a permanent working site and touchstone for a kaleidoscope of exploratory events across the city throughout the year.

Grazer Kunstverein is moving! is supported by Graz Kulturjahr 2020 with additional support from the Mondriaan Fund. Individual public program dates are listed online quarterly throughout the year.

Thuredrith Dordrecht’s Museum, Dordrecht, The Netherlands ongoing
Microplastics Rain Down from the Sky Division of Labour, Art Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2020
Buffer zones Paradise Works, Manchester, UK 2019
landfall O&O funding, CBK, Rotterdam 2019
An exhibition of posters Witte de With, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2018
wild care tame neglect - exhibition Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2018
below the soil, between the branches, above the clouds Into Nature, biennial, Drenthe 2018
how to kill a tree Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam 2018
Tuin van Toorop Jan Tooropstraat, Amsterdam 2018
noon Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland 2017
the necessity of art Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria 2017
wilder beings command Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, Ireland 2017
wild care tame neglect Frankendael Foundation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2016
poster club Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2017
The Society Machine Malmo Konstmuseum, Malmo 2016
Static Gravity Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam 2016
Crossing Borders Expanding Frontiers ramfoundation, Rotterdam, The Netherlands 2016
As the lake said to the boat Kunsthuis SYB, Beetsterzwaag, The Netherlands 2015
Nothin Shakin but the Leaves on the Trees Marabouparken konsthall, Sunsbyberg, Sweden 2015
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain CCA Derry~Londonderry, Lismore Castle Arts St Carthage Hall 2015
Belief and Productivity: A Play in the Forest O&O funding, CBK, Rotterdam 2014
The Non Urban Garden: tuinen van de 21e eeuw Afdh & Kunstvereniging Diepenheim 2014
iaspis Open House, spring 2014 iaspis, Stockholm 2014
The Distracted Gardener & The Plumbing Subverter Yeo Workshop, Singapore 2013
Late Nights & Early Mornings Kunstraum, London 2013
25 Years Rotterdam City Collection Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, Rotterdam 2013
Here is always somewhere else Forum Triangulare, Oud-Rekem, Belgium 2013
Abilities Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2013
Lost & Found at the Flügelbus Lost & Found, Amsterdam 2013
causa finalis Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam 2012
As if an entrance is over there- Lecturis, Eindhoven 2012
Rijksakademie Open 2012 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdamm 2012
The research and destroy department of the Black Mountain College W139, Amsterdam 2012
We are rolling galerie-j, Geneva 2012
There was a Country where They were all Thieves Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art, Amsterdam 2012
Secret Gardens TENT, Rotterda, 2012
FlowerCASTLE Kasteel Keukenhof Art Foundation, Lisse 2011
Rijksakademie Open 2011 Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten, Amsterdam 2011
a green thought, in a green shade Art Amsterdam MK Gallery 2011
Prix de Rome 2011 Smart project space, Amsterdam 2011
Borderline Picturesque & the Recounting Prospect Tromsø Kunstforening, Tromsø, Norway 2010
New Graffiti, Old Revolutions MK gallery, Rotterdam 2010
A group show Croxhapox, Ghent 2010
Done to a dead end & the dead or alive sale SD&G, Rotterdam 2010
Edward Clydesdale Thomson SECONDroom, Brussels 2009
A Leopard, Some Monkeys, Numerous Butterflies, Dozens of Peacocks and a Sublime Vista 4th Issue NOWISWERE, Contemporary Art Magazine, London 2009
Open Office for Words ADA, Rotterdam 2009
Imaginary Cinema - Discussion WDW 653, Rotterdam 2009
Residency at Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam WDW 653, Rotterdam 2009
Impromptu Affairs DEK 22, Rotterdam 2009
Selbstzweck Private Collection 2008
Residency at Kysten Tromsø Kysten Tromsø 2008
Small Talk with the Janitor Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam 2008
My Travels with Barry, MA Graduation Show Tent, Rotterdamt 2008
Just what is it that makes that thing so different, so appealing? Expodium, Utrecht 2008
Observing Construction NEST, Netherlands Architectuurinstituut (NAi) Rotterdam 2007
This is how it must feel to be there Pakhuismeesteren, Rotterdam 2007