A journey through time and space
For the History Museum, it’s about the interaction between humans and nature: since time immemorial, natural conditions have determined the life of those persons settled here. These in turn have time and again endeavoured to mould nature to their own advantage.
By looking at the medieval monasteries, Graz Castle or the industrial area around Donawitz, for example, we show that history takes place not only in time, but in space, too. History has centres and venues, intersections and intermediary spaces, motorways and slip roads. These form the building blocks of a landscape that can be explored by the public within the framework of our exhibition.
Mountains, forests and hilly landscapes, rivers and lakes create a perimeter for the historical landscape. Nature, technology and the languages spoken historically in Styria can be heard as the ‘background noise of history’.
The present as the result of history
Every look back is marked by the present, every aspect of the present a result of history.
History is the here and now, it is everywhere, and is a crucial element in defining how we can conceive of and design our future.
The exhibition is accompanied by around 20 ‘journeys in time’ into all districts of the province. They lead us to the places where history took place, and so add depth to the exhibition contents.
‘For me, SHOWING STYRIA connects up with the great tradition of provincial exhibitions, in a form that is forward-thinking. In the History Museum, we link up to this tradition, tackling central themes of Styria’s history in a format and language that is modern. This we do in close collaboration with regional museums and specialists, and wish to reach as many people as possible in order to promote their awareness of the omnipresence of history, as well as emphasise the value of our cultural heritage.’