When The Wind Blows

Gust of wind, 2018 © Isabelle Ha Eav
Eduardo Leal, aus der Serie Plastic Trees, 2014
Bigert & Bergström, Wrecked house after EF5-rated tornado hit the town of Joplin, Missouri, May 22, 2011
Julius von Bismarck aus der Serie: One More Night, 2016, Courtesy Julius von Bismarck; alexander levy, Berlin and Sies+Hoeke, Düsseldorf.
Hoda Afshar aus der Serie: Speak the Wind, 2015-2020
Susan Walsh, Wind Drawing #9, Beacon, New York 2018
Ulrike Königshofer „wind, recorded“, 2015, Ausstellungsansicht Halle für Kunst & Medien, Graz, 2015; Foto: Ulrike Königshofer


Air encloses the earth like a membrane. It is the medium of weather and the carrier of odours, sounds and aerosols that influence both climate and health. Air flows into our bodies with our first breath and with death we exhale our last breath. In the context of the current climate crisis, air pollution and storms as well as wind power as a renewable energy source play a role. The invisible element connects living beings, plants and places. The works of the selected international and Austrian artists of different generations aim to make this elementary, yet invisible element visually tangible. They deal with the most diverse aspects and meanings of air, wind and breath and examine their manifestations in ecology, science, politics, culture and mythology. From the life-giving air we breathe to the destructive power of the wind, art makes the great invisible visible in many different ways. 

22 international and Austrian artists make the invisible elements of breath, air and wind visible in different ways: Hoda Afshar, Bigert & Bergström, Julius von Bismarck, Olafur Eliasson, Karin Fisslthaler, Ana Grilc, Isabelle Ha Eav, Jana Hartmann, Ayumi Ishii, Sophie Jung, Sjoerd Knibbeler, Ulrike Königshofer, Eduardo Leal, Emily Parsons-Lord, Peter Piller, Werner Reiterer, Roman Signer, Lydia Simon, Ulay/Marina Abramović, Nadim Vardag, Niina Vatanen, Susan Walsh

The exhibition When the Wind Blows is a cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna. 

Curators: Verena Kaspar-Eisert (KUNST HAUS WIEN) and Liddy Scheffknecht (University of Applied Arts Vienna).


FR 11.03.2022, 17:00–21:00