Art & Ecology

Exhibitions focusing on sustainability, climate change, recycling, urbanism

Edward Burtynsky, Colorado River Delta #2, Near San Felipe, Baja, Mexico, 2011
Ausstellungsansicht "Burtynsky. Wasser"
Ilkka Halso, Kitka River (aus der Serie Museum of Nature), 2004
Ausstellungsansicht "Visions of Nature"
Martin Roth. In october 2019 I listened to animals imitating humans.
Lena Dobrowolska und Teo Ormond-Skeaping, Portrait of resilience #1, Luang Namtha Province, Lao PDR, 2017
RESANITA, Ohne Titel (Das Haus als Wirt), 2018
Ausstellungsansicht "EOOS. Liquid Gold"
Lina Selander, Still, Lenin’s Lamp Glows in the Peasant’s Hut, 2011

KunstHausWien has committed itself to a clear programme: The museum is the place in Vienna that deals with environmental and sustainability issues within the art discourse. The exhibition programme focuses on contemporary art in a variety of media and themes, reflecting the museum's pioneering role as the first green museum. Against the background of the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser and his visionary commitment to environmental and socio-political responsibility, KunstHausWien presents exhibitions of contemporary art and combines them with an interdisciplinary and ongoing programme of discourse.


as an exhibition centre

KunstHausWien's programme is dedicated to the complex relationship between man and nature: it is the world's largest permanent exhibition of the work of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, reflecting contemporary positions on ecology. Solo and thematic group exhibitions by local, international, emerging and established artists address current issues relating to the climate crisis, biodiversity and the future - locally and internationally.

a centre for art and ecology

From NOW to TOMORROW: based on the visions of museum founder Friedensreich Hundertwasser, KunstHausWien actively addresses issues and negotiates positions today with a view to alternative models for tomorrow. These visions include the understanding of commitment to ecology as a participatory process of citizens, the idea of architecture for man AND nature, or the approach of actionism as a means of expression in art. Dealing with ecological issues as a mandate to assume socio-political responsibility: KunstHausWien wants to use art to contribute to a more sustainable future for all.

as a place of open doors

As an institution, KunstHausWien seeks exchange within the art discourse, but also with other disciplines and actors. As a meeting place, it practices a low-threshold approach to culture.

In keeping with the idea of an art and cultural institution for everyone, the museum engages with its audience and combines exhibitions with participatory discourse and mediation formats as well as outreach programmes.

Setting goals

The museum aims to be a driving force in future debates and discourses on issues related to a sustainable, inclusive and future-proof society. Interdisciplinary learning and diversity of visitors, staff and themes will be at the heart of its activities. In this way, the museum will become a think tank for ecological action, sustainable cultural work and an innovative understanding of art.