In the spacious rooms of the Joanneum quarter, one can nowadays enjoy visual arts of two centuries. Starting in the year 1800, the visitors are presented artworks from the Biedermeier time up to the era of Realism as well as from the Jugendstil to postmodern paintings after 1945. The focus lies on regional and Austrian art as well as on international artworks. The New Gallery does not only offer space for paintings, but also for statuaries, photographs, media and conceptual art as well as installations.
The New Gallery is also home to the so-called Bruseum, a museum in a museum. It is a centre of competence and an exhibition space for the regional artist Günter Brus. The building, furthermore, accommodates an art and museum library containing 55,000 books and any kind of media.