First Klima Biennale Wien to Open on 5 April 2024

Friday, December 15, 2023
First Klima Biennale Wien to Open on 5 April 2024

In response to the urgency of the climate crisis and the corresponding need for a radical change in the way we think and act, the City of Vienna has launched a new festival. The first Klima Biennale Wien, hosted by the KunstHausWien, will begin on 5 April and run until 14 July 14 2024.

The festival will span one hundred days and offer an interdisciplinary, interactive, and international programme throughout the Austrian capital, providing a platform for finding common solutions to the climate crisis and launching new ideas for a sustainable future.

With the Klima Biennale Wien, program director Sithara Pathirana and artistic director Claudius Schulze will organise the world’s first international climate art festival. The diverse programme encourages local and global participation in a dialogue about future social developments. In a world where economic growth is often seen as the ultimate goal, the Klima Biennale challenges this paradigm with national and international contributions from the fields of contemporary art, design, architecture, and science.

The festival aims to address crucial questions such as how to create a
sustainable, climate-friendly future, how to collectively negotiate future challenges, and how to make abstract global problems more tangible. Claudius Schulze and Sithara Pathirana: “Climate change is real; our responsibility is to ensure a future worth living for all. Our goal for the Klima Biennale is to leverage the power of art and transdisciplinary exchange to develop systemic, holistic approaches that reconcile ecological balance with economy and prosperity.”

The Klima Biennale will take place across Vienna and encompass prestigious museums, exhibition spaces, and public and alternative spaces, with the KunstHausWien serving as the biennial’s contextual starting point and central hub. Sophie Haslinger will curate a group exhibition titled Into the Woods, which will explore the forest ecosystem.

Gerlinde Riedl (director of the KunstHausWien): “We envision a climate Biennale that utilizes the power of art as a catalyst for change. With the Biennale headquartered at the KunstHausWien, the museum offers a platform to reflect together on the sustainable design of our planet. As the
organisers, we are delighted to have the generous support of the City of Vienna and numerous partners from the art and cultural communities who share in our conviction of a brighter future worth striving for.”

Stephanie Cime

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