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. 
MAK – Museum of Applied Arts
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 2017: Robots. Work. Our Future focuses on the potential of art, design, and architecture to contribute to an environmentally and socially sustainable concept of the digital age that is also committed to a new humanism.

At various exhibition venues across the entire city, the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017 brings together some 300 designers, architects, artists, and other participants who draw a complex picture of our future digital world with their speculative and utopian (or dystopian) as well as auspicious practical scenarios.

The VIENNA BIENNALE is an initiative of the  MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. It is organized by the MAK, the University of Applied Arts Vienna, the Kunsthalle Wien, the Architekturzentrum Wien, and the Vienna Business Agency, with support from the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology as an non-university research partner.

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 inputs.

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!
Curators and Participants

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

Exhibitions and Projects

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine >>
ARTIFICIAL TEARS. Singularity & Humanness–A Speculation >>
ich weiß nicht—Growing Relations between Things >>
How Will We Work? >>
Work it, feel it! >>
Care + Repair >>
CityFactory: New Work . New Design.>>
What Do We Want? Dimensions of a New Digital Humanism. The Vienna Biennale Circle's Exhibition Manifesto >>
LeveL—the fragile balance of utopia >>

Supporting Program on the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017

Regular guided tours:
Overview tour – in German
Tue, 6–7 p.m., admission free, € 3,50 attendance fee
Sun, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon, MAK admission ticket + € 5 attendance fee
Overview tour – in Englisch
Sat, 2:30 p.m.–4 p.m., MAK admission ticket + € 5 attendance fee
Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine
Sun, 3–4 p.m., MAK admission ticket + € 3,50 attendance fee

Further tours and events at the VIENNA BIENNALE Calender

Closing Event StadtFabrik: New Work. New Design.

Sun, 1.10.2017, 3–5 p.m.


VIENNA BIENNALE 2017: Robots. Work. Our Future, edited by the MAK, German/English, 160 pages with numerous color illustrations, MAK Vienna/Verlag für moderne Kunst, Vienna 2017. Available at the MAK Design Shop

Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine
Catalog edited by Mateo Kries, Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Amelie Klein; with contributions by Rosi Braidotti, Douglas Coupland, Anthony Dunne & Fiona Raby (Dunne & Raby), Christoph Engemann, Paul Feigelfeld, Gesche Joost, Amelie Klein, Carlo Ratti, Bruce Sterling, Marlies Wirth i.a.. Cover illustration: Christoph Niemann. Softcover, English, 328 pages, ca. 250 images, mainly in color. Available at the MAK Design Shop and online at for € 49,90.

Artificial Labor – e-flux

Artificial Labor is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the MAK, Vienna within the context of the VIENNA BIENNALE 2017: Robots. Work. Our Future.

Digital Content Partner

Project Sponsors

Project Partner



Ausstellungen und Projekte

Hello, Robot. Design zwischen Mensch und Maschine >>
ARTIFICIAL TEARS. Singularität & Menschsein – Eine Spekulation >>
ich weiß nicht – Wie Beziehungen zwischen den Dingen wachsen >>
How Will We Work? >>
Work it, feel it! >>
Care + Repair >>
StadtFabrik: Neue Arbeit. Neues Design. >>
Was wollen wir? Dimensionen eines neuen digitalen Humanismus >>
LeveL – the fragile balance of utopia >>
DESIGN FOR AGENCY. Handlungsmacht gestalten >>