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Herwig Udo Graf: Kulturzentrum Mattersburg

Herwig Udo Graf: Kulturzentrum MattersburgKulturzentrum Mattersburg

Foto: © Johann Gallis 2015


Das Kulturzentrum Mattersburg soll abgerissen werden. Warum es erhaltenswert ist, zeigen die wirklich starken Fotos (u.a.) von Johann Gallis.

In May 1976, Austria’s first cultural center was inaugurated, an exposed concrete building erected by Herwig Udo Graf in Mattersburg, Burgenland. It was preceded by a high-profile cultural-political initiative led by Gerald Mader, the regional cultural minister, with the support of then Federal Minister for Education and Art Fred Sinowatz. The aim was the construction of cultural centers throughout rural Burgenland, a region lacking adequate buildings for cultural events.

The KUZ cultural center together with a secondary school and gym form an urban development ensemble that was originally accessible via a cleverly detailed set of stairs. In 1994 it was torn down to make way for a street, and other parts of the facility, too, have undergone a number of modifications. The KUZ has been vacant since 2014, and large sections are to be demolished to make room for a new building. “Rettet das Kulturzentrum Mattersburg” is a campaign to save the Mattersburg Cultural Center and is run mainly by Johann Gallis, who ever since these demolition plans were announced has been working to preserve this important document of 1970s Social Democratic cultural policy.

Written by Sonja Pisarik, Architekturzentrum Wien


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