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).

Closing Weekend

27. and 28.08.22
Opening hours: 10:00-18:00
Free exhibition poster while stocks last!

Last overview tour "When the Wind Blows (in German)
SA 27.08., 11:00


THU 28.04., 17:00

Location: KUNST HAUS WIEN, Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Vienna
Verena Kaspar-Eisert (KUNST HAUS WIEN) in dialogue with Ernst Strouhal (Univ. of Applied Arts Vienna)

THU 09.06., 17:00
Location: KUNST HAUS WIEN, Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Vienna
Guided tour with curator Liddy Scheffknecht (Univ. of Applied Arts Vienna) in diaglogue with Sjoerd Knibbeler

TUE 15.03., 13:00
Location: University of Applied Arts Vienna, Expository Vordere Zollamtstraße
with Emily Parsons-Lord

MON 09.05, 18:30
Location: KUNST HAUS WIEN, Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Vienna
with Bigert & Bergström

THU 28.04, 19:00
Venue: KUNST HAUS WIEN, Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Vienna
Alois Holzer: Wind out of control. Tornadoes, Typhoons, Hurricanes
Florian Bettel: Wind under control. Pneumatics, moving air, technical fantasies

WEN 22.06.
Venue: Cashier's hall of the Postsparkasse, Georg-Coch-Platz 2, 1010 Vienna
Philipp Blom: On Moral Thunderstorms. Notes on the theory of the climate crisis

THURS 23.06., 19:00
Venue: KUNST HAUS WIEN, Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Vienna
Jakob Scheid: "Speaking without lips..."
Talking machines. Presentation and performance

SA 25. and SO 26.06., both 15:00-18:00
Location: in the courtyard of KUNST HAUS WIEN, Untere Weißgerberstraße 13, 1030 Vienna
The event is weather dependent. Alternative: SA 02. and SO 03.07.

FR 10.06 - SO 12.06. AT THE FILM MUSEUM
Programme on Wind in Film in cooperation with the Austrian Film Museum and the University of Applied Arts Vienna
Dates and programme can be found here: Wind in Film programme