The VIENNA BIENNALE is the first event of its kind to combine art, design, and architecture, with the aim of generating creative
ideas and artistic projects to help improve the world. Its category-spanning, interdisciplinary approach and combination of
artistic ambition and the creative economy open up new perspectives on central topics of our time and thus promote positive
change in our society.
The VIENNA BIENNALE is an initiative of the MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. It is organized by the
MAK in cooperation with the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Architekturzentrum Wien, and the Vienna
Business Agency with its creative center departure, and with support from the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology as a non-university
The VIENNA BIENNALE was established with the understanding that we are living in a new modernity in which the digital revolution
penetrates all areas of our life and is thus fundamentally changing our civilization—it is comparable to the industrial revolution,
the consequences of which the last era of Western modernism dealt with. Today’s Digital Modernity offers considerable potentials
for lasting improvements in quality of life as well as innovative living concepts and business models in every sector. It
presents a wide range of questions for the arts, including architecture and design, and is dependent on artistic and creative
This new biennale in Vienna was established with the recognition that Vienna was one of the centers of the previous era of
Western Modernity around 1900, from which significant impulses emerged whose effects in some cases continue to be felt to
this day. Thus, Vienna can be seen as an authentic, credible location for the search for new paths to positive change. By
following in this extraordinary tradition of experimentation, the VIENNA BIENNALE aims to find answers to today’s most important
issues and utilize the potentials of the creative revolution in order to offer people new insights for crucial areas of life.
The VIENNA BIENNALE is thus not only aimed at people interested in art, design, and architecture, but a wider audience, with
the goal of raising awareness about the possibilities of fine art and the applied arts for the challenges of our time.
The Vienna Biennale Circle of eminent personalities living in Vienna, will provide an important connection to the city of
Vienna and ensure that all the projects will be discussed and brought together with an interdisciplinary approach. The resulting
insights will be presented in an additional exhibition.
The VIENNA BIENNALE was born of the conviction that Vienna is the right place to develop a new, coherent, and unique biennale.
The focus will be on people, who need one thing above all in times of radical change: orientation!
Partners MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art University of Applied Arts Vienna Kunsthalle Wien Az W – Architekturzentrum Wien Vienna Business Agency
Research Partner AIT Austrian Institute of Technology
Tue, 20 June 2017, 5:30 p.m.–1 a.m. Opening speeches on the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017: Robots. Work. Our Future, 6 p.m.