The Green Museum
Based on the forward-looking ideas of Friedensreich Hundertwasser on environmental and social policy, KUNST HAUS WIEN creates a unique place that combines art and ecology. Since 2014, when Bettina Leidl took over as director, the house, as Vienna's first Green Museum, has been presenting artists who critically and visionary deal with topics such as sustainability, climate change, recycling, urbanism or intergenerational responsibility from today's perspective. With their artistic approach, they work out socio-political contexts and stimulate the discourse on them.
A museum is also a producer of values, which as a public institution has to convey a socio-political stance. For this reason, KUNST HAUS WIEN attaches great importance to sustainable action, not only in terms of content, but also in operations and everyday work. Visible and invisible processes in museum operations are carried out in accordance with the highest possible ecological standards: 1) Resources are handled with care, 2) Repairs are the means of first choice, 3) When purchasing new products, attention is paid to long life, recycled raw materials, recyclability and environmental compatibility. In 2018, KUNST HAUS WIEN was the first museum to be awarded the Austrian Eco-Label. With its events and campaigns, the exhibition house aims to provide impetus for the entire cultural sector.
Art & Ecology
Exhibitions focusing on sustainability, climate change, recycling, urbanismOver the past five years, KUNST HAUS WIEN has dedicated itself to a clear programmatic orientation: The museum is the place in Vienna that negotiates environmental and sustainability issues within the art discourse. At the center of the exhibition activities are photography as an artistic medium and those themes that take up the 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, KUNST HAUS WIEN presents exhibitions of contemporary art and combines them with an interdisciplinary and continuing discourse programme.More
The journey to the Green MuseumIn addition to the content orientation, the concepts of sustainability and environmental protection are also given high priority in operations and everyday work: Processes have been and are being examined and optimised in terms of environmental compatibility and ecological action both in the museum and in the administration. On September 13, 2018, KUNST HAUS WIEN was certified with the Austrian Eco-Label. This is the first time that a museum has been awarded the certification, which has so far been established primarily in the event, tourism and education sectors and with which companies and institutions have committed themselves to environmental protection and quality.More
Bees at the museum
Honey from the KUNST HAUS WIENFor more than two years, KUNST HAUS WIEN has been home to two bee colonies that live and produce honey on the museum's roof garden. As the first Green Museum in Vienna, KUNST HAUS WIEN also wants to give impulses for the protection of species. The two colonies comprise approximately 140,000 honey bees and are supervised by master beekeeper Thomas Zelenka. Last year, the bees produced approx. 80 kilograms of the finest organic honey. The bees get their nectar in the green garden and inner courtyard as well as on the museum facade.More
Museums For FutureAs part of the global movement Museums For Future, the KUNST HAUS WIEN team is committed to more measures concerning climate protection in the context of Fridays For Future. The museum and its employees would like to show their ecological and political commitment and assume responsibility by being certified with the Austrian Eco-Label. By participating in the major climate strikes of Fridays For Future, the museum is also publicly demonstrating for the most comprehensive and efficient climate protection actions possible in order to meet the 1.5 degree target of the United Nations agreed upon in the Paris Climate Change Convention.More
Hundertwasser ecology toursThe exceptional artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser has not only become famous for his transdisciplinary work, which ranges from architecture to painting and film, but is also considered today to be one of the great pioneers of the ecological movement.More
Ecological CommitmentHundertwasser’s popularity is not only based on the mass appeal of his paintings and his visionary architecture, but today more than ever also on his active dedication to and many interventions on behalf of comprehensive nature- and environment protection. Just like he showed the people possibilities of a better world and finding a way back to paradise in his pictures ...More