Graz Museum

About this Organization

GrazMuseum is the culture-historical museum of the city of Graz. Its collection and exhibitions reflect upon the history and presence of the city.

Museums give knowledge that has become placeless a place in real life again. They rather want to be museums of life than graveyards of objects. For this reason the GrazMuseum as a historical museum is obliged to be decidedly contemporary; hence it always looks at history from a present-day perspective and communicates it with the formal means of today.

As a city museum, we see ourselves as a platform for contemporary urban subjects that make us feel like dealing with and perceiving the city. In accordance with the objectives of present-day city museums as defined by the International Committee for the Collections and Activities of Museums of Cities (CAMOC), we want to be a space for investigating and discussing contemporary urban subjects.

The GrazMuseum as a permanent identity laboratory continuously looks for both scientific and artistic answers to the question how reasonable, not irrational, identity can be found at all in the more and more complex society of a “Europe of the Regions”. We think that today’s city museums have to dismiss the myth of the homogenous citizen and pay particular attention to not or little represented segments of the population or urban subjects.

We see our museum as a visitor-oriented but by no means populist place. In the GrazMuseum as an open place for cultural participation, local experiences can be organised as a resource for social processes.

Team Members

Sibylle Dienesch is part of the CEO team of the Stadtmuseum Graz GmbH (Graz Museum, Graz Museum Schlossberg and Municipal Archive of Graz) since 2006 and Vice Director since 2014. She was and is (co-)curator and (co-)editor of different exhibition projects, e.g. “Graz –Open City (2014)”, “Right in the Middle of it. Living with impairment” (2016), “Looking at Graz!” (2018) and recently “The City as Data Field” (ongoing). Moreover as project sponsor her field of responsibilities concerns various digital and non-digital projects at the Graz Museum. She is mainly responsible for the Digital Strategy of the Graz Museum.

Antonia Nussmüller is Digital Manager and Research Associate at the Graz Museum. As project manager of various digital projects she is responsible for the field of “Digital Museum Practice”, e.g. digital curation or digital content and collection management.

Moreover she contributes as primary researcher in the scientific project “Becoming Urban - Reconstructing the City of Graz in the long 19thcentury” and is responsible for the collaborative online archive “topotheque Graz”. She is part of the digital strategy and digital transformation team.