Suahtsnuk, 2021
Alfredo Barsuglia


Alfredo Barsuglia collaborated with the Ortweinschule Graz to build a small temporary art museum on the Kunsthaus forecourt. Suahtsnuk – Kunsthaus backwards – is both an urban sculpture and an alternative art space. As ‘the other alien’, it is open and freely accessible whenever the Kunsthaus Graz is closed. The interior is used for exhibitions, with a call for submissions on its website. The accessible, partially planted flat roof is home to a snail farm. Surrounded by climbing plants, Suahtsnuk serves as a refreshing oasis for passers-by. Alfredo Barsuglia’s multifaceted works deal with artistically and sociopolitically relevant themes such as the economy and ecology, our interaction with nature, and the function of art and culture. The artist designs alternative spaces that he positions as artistically usable foreign bodies in public space and so in our everyday life, briefly interrupting our familiar perception. Suahtsnuk, for example, can be seen as food for thought about future scenarios for art institutions.

Project partners: HTBLVA Graz – Ortweinschule, built with wood from
Mayr-Melnhof Holz AG, Wienerberger Österreich GmbH, Hanus Garagentor GmbH, STRABAG AG, Zimmerei Konrad, architect Mag. Manfred Schenk, plumbing and roofing company Andrea Poglonik and ZG Lighting Austria GmbH Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research