Fritz Klabinus

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Fritz Klabinus (* unknown; † November 18, 1945 in Graz ) was an Austrian art historian .

Fritz Klabinus studied art history at the University of Graz under Hermann Egger (1874–1949) and received his doctorate in 1934 with a thesis on the painter Joseph Tunner . He then worked at the Steiermärkische Sparkasse in Graz, where he was promoted to director.

After the head of the Graz City Museum, Robert Meeraus, was drafted into military service in 1940, Fritz Klabinus took over the management of the museum on October 21, 1941. At the end of the war in 1944, he moved the museum's collection to Freiburg Castle. In April 1944, the Thalerhof air base command moved into the museum.

Publications (selection)

  • The Styrian Nazarene Joseph Tunner. His life and his art . In: Journal of the Historisches Verein für Steiermark 28, 1934, pp. 1–78 (also separately Graz 1934).
  • Two traces of Gothic frescoes by Joseph Tunner. A contribution to the customer of monumental painting of the 15th century in Styria . In: Blätter für Heimatkunde 8, 1930, pp. 73–79.
  • Thinnfeld Castle . In: Blätter für Heimatkunde 14, 1936, pp. 1–15.
  • A previously unknown representation of the Graz Cathedral . In: Blätter für Heimatkunde 13, 1935, pp. 70–72.
  • The Graz City Museum . In: Art and History (= The Joanneum - Contributions to Natural History, History, Art and Economy of the Eastern Alps, Volume 6). Steirische Verlagsanstalt, Graz 1943, pp. 280–282.


  • Maria Schaffler: Robert Meeraus, an obituary. In the appendix, letters from Robert Meerau to Fritz Klabinus, 1941–1944 . In: 40 Years of the City Museum Graz 1928–1968 (= Historical Yearbook of the City of Graz 1). Graz 1968, pp. 1–28 (p. 7 fig. 2 portrait photo).
  • Edith Trenczak: Bibliography of the works of the first four directors of the Graz City Museum: Robert Meeraus, Fritz Klabinus, Eduard Andorfer, Maria Schaffler : In: 40 Years City Museum Graz 1928–1968 (= Historical Yearbook of the City of Graz 1). Graz 1968, pp. 151-152.
  • Maria Schaffler: The City Museum. I: Origin and development of the city museum; II: History of the origins of the Schlossberg Museum . In: Festschrift 150 years of Joanneum . Graz 1969, pp. 239-254.