Special exhibitions

See Who We Are.
100 Objects from the Museum Collection

from the 03 10 2020 

Take a tour of the collection: from the sketchbooks of Bregenzerwald baroque builders via a high-wheel bicycle or a medieval palm Sunday donkey to paintings of Angelika Kauffmann and Rudolf Wacker.

Foto: Petra Rainer
Foto: Petra Rainer

Nativity Scenes from Vorarlberg

Exhibition in the Event Hall on the 1st Floor, 21 11 2020 – 10 01 2021

The collection of the vorarlberg museum lacked nativity scenes, particularly contemporary ones, despite the 19 nativity construction groups with some 1,500 members that are active in the federal state. In order to document the art of contemporary nativity scene construction, these associations built scenes especially for the museum, with an astonishing diversity of nativity scenes created. Various designs and special local features were integrated depending on the region or valley they were built in. For nine nativity scenes, the members of the associations also created the figures, the others were made by wood sculptors of Vorarlberg. In conclusion of this cooperation, the nativity scenes are shown in an exhibition which will also be documented by a newly published book.

In cooperation with the Vorarlberger Landeskrippenverband.

Exhibitions in the Atrium (Free entry!)

Vorarlberg and the Corona-Virus

from the 03 10 2020 

A documentary on the impact of the Corona crisis on people’s lives in Vorarlberg – featuring exhibits from the museum’s own collection complemented by items on loan from other museums.

Interventions and cooperations

Art Acquisitions Made by Local Government in 2019

20 11 2020  – 03 01 2021

Opening: Thursday 19. 11 2020, 8 pm
Adress: Raiffeisenpl. 1, Bludenz

Gallerie allerArt

Postponed caused by Corona

Johannes Kaufmann, Der Nichtschwimmer, ÖlLeinwand, 2012
Johannes Kaufmann, Der Nichtschwimmer, ÖlLeinwand, 2012
Stefan Sagmeister & Jessica Walsh, Porträt, 2013, Copyright John Madere
Stefan Sagmeister & Jessica Walsh, Porträt, 2013, Copyright John Madere

At Your Own Risk

Mai 2021

What frightens you? What is of risk to you? Who or what protects you? The answers to these questions have changed over time. Trust in the good Lord or the patron saints has faded. Our ancestors started to secure slopes and regulate streams and rivers, they founded fire brigades, insurance companies, the police force and armies. Today, security companies are thriving, public places are protected by surveillance cameras or access control systems, right-wing parties win votes with promises to guarantee our safety. But still people feel less safe. How safe do you feel? Come and explore this exhibition at your own risk.

Sagmeister & Walsh Beauty

to be announced

With their exhibition project Beauty, the New York based graphic artist Stefan Sagmeister, who is originally from Vorarlberg, and the US graphic designer Jessica Walsh provide a visually powerful multimedia plea for the joy of beauty. The exhibition explores the reasons why people feel attracted to beauty and what positive effects beauty has. Using examples from graphic arts, product design, architecture and city planning, Sagmeister & Walsh demonstrate that beautiful objects, buildings and strategies not only make people happier but also work better.

The exhibition is a cooperation between the Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, and the MAK in Vienna.

Core exhibitions

Weltstadt oder so, Foto Miro Kuzmanovic
Weltstadt oder so, Foto Miro Kuzmanovic

Cosmopolitan City or?

Brigantium in the 1st Century A.D. Exhibition on the 3rd Floor

A forum the size of a football pitch, an ancient Roman spa, the craft and trade quarter at the Tschermakgarten in Bregenz – the public and private buildings of Brigantium dating from the first century A.D. all fire up your imagination. Was Bregenz a city during the time of the Romans? It seems logical to assume, but there is no clear evidence. While the exhibition Romans or? dealt with who had been buried in the local burial ground, Cosmopolitan City or? is all about living together in the place called Brigantium. Were the tasks of a community realised here? Did they have an administration as well as a fiscal and social system? How was the economic and religious life organised? Based on the most recent scientific findings and archaeological finds, the exhibition invites visitors to speculate about Brigantium, its residents and visitors.

Ausstellungsansicht vorarlberg. ein making-of, Foto: Markus Tretter
Ausstellungsansicht vorarlberg. ein making-of, Foto: Markus Tretter

vorarlberg. ein making-of

An Exhibition on the History of Vorarlberg on the 4th Floor, until 17 05 2020

How did Vorarlberg become what it seems to be like today? The exhibition vorarlberg. a making-of questions the past and present of a region which, over the course of its eventful history, has been subject to various cultural, political and economic influences. It does not tell “the” story but should be seen as more of a “history laboratory” which utilises topics such as migration, identity and belonging to stimulate contemplation and debate on Vorarlberg’s past and present.

Ausstellungsansicht ganznah, Foto: Markus Tretter
Ausstellungsansicht ganznah, Foto: Markus Tretter

ganznah. Touching Stories from Everyday Life

Exhibition on the 4th Floor, until 19 04 2020

A trapeze artist from Feldkirch who performed at the world-famous Sarrasani Circus; a nurse who collects all kinds of nursing utensils; an imam who does ritual washing of the dead. These far-apart worlds and stories have one thing in common: They all involve touch. Lips, hands, fists – fragments of narratives and memories open up a panorama of popular customs surrounding touch. Touch can extend across borders and it can provoke, it can be experienced as threatening or pleasurable, it can stand both for basic trust and profession. “close to heart”: a rulebook exploring touch – need, taboo and refusal.

Ausstellungsansicht buchstäblich vorarlberg, Foto: Markus Tretter
Ausstellungsansicht buchstäblich vorarlberg, Foto: Markus Tretter

buchstäblich vorarlberg

Insights into the Collection

The museum’s collection comprises close to 160,000 objects from the fields of archaeology, art, everyday culture and history. The exhibition showcases important and less important objects from the museum’s rich holdings in alphabetical order. It starts with the letter “A” for “angelicamad” showing engravings by the artist Angelika Kauffmann, and ends with the letter “Z” for “zahla” (to pay), which features the hoard of coins found at Sonderberg Castle. In between schnapps glasses, self-portraits by Edmund Kalb, pommels, the estate of Fritz Krcal, priest‘s vestments, herbariums …