Architecture Exhibitions International

Volkskundemuseum Graz

The Petrol Station Myth

Apr 11, 2019–Jan 6, 2020
BP-Aral © Historisches Archiv Volkskundemuseum

Petrol stations provide us with more than just petrol. They convey feelings about life that have continuously changed throughout their 100-years’ or more history. On the one hand they have always been seen as a symbol for mobility, while on the other hand their functions have become increasingly varied in recent years.

This exhibition follows the trail of the petrol station from the very outset, via technical and architectural innovations, up to its role as a substitute shop and local centre of communication following the disappearance of grocers and inns. Petrol stations are thus becoming more and more a meeting point for people from the vicinity.

This special exhibition continues the successful cooperation between the Institute of Cultural Anthropology and European Ethnology of the University of Graz, the WKO Styria - Department of Garages, Gas Station and Service Companies, Energy Trade Division - and the Folk Life Museum.