Kunstraum Dornbirn is a non-profit organization which is active in the field of contemporary art. Evident through its numerous exhibitions, the goal of Kunstraum is to make art and its conception more accessible. In this capacity, the organization has not only become a central part of Dornbirn’s cultural life, but has become a factor in shaping the town’s identity.

The exhibition space is the assembly hall of the former Rüsch factory in Stadtgarten Dornbirn. Still in its original state, the quality of the architecture possesses its own special appeal. Many artists create their installations on site.

Kunstraum Dornbirn exhibits works from renowned artists, but also often invites young artists, who occupy themselves with the topic of putting their relationship to nature into an artistic framework.

It is important to us that the projects are as approachable and comprehensible as possible to visitors, and we understand that contemporary art in particular is not always the most accessible. To this end, we provide a broad program of art mediation for viewers of all ages. 




Factbox Hall


30 x 14 m, height 11,15 m, total area 440 m², exhibition space ca. 350 m²


Map of the assembly hall [PDF]


accessible for trucks and larger vehicles (gate dimensions 5,9 x 4 m)


Single paned windows (room atmosphere reacts quickly to outside weather changes). The hall is not heatable and is in use only from April to November.


“Rüschwerke” was a Dornbirn company that specialized in the production of turbines in the 1890s. In 1893 the company constructed a large brick assembly hall to accommodate the assembly of the ever-larger turbine wheels with the equally large mechanical components. The company closed in 1984.

In 1999/2000 it was decided to remodel the industrial site, however, important buildings from Rüschwerke’s prime production period, such as the assembly hall were left unchanged. An international landscaping competition was also held at this time, which led to the creation of the “Stadtgarten”, a municipal park in which  the inatura museum and the Kunstraum Dornbirn are situated.

Managing Board Members

Ekkehard Bechtold (President)
Reinhard Flax
Thomas Häusle
Roland Jörg
Heinz Mathis
Judith Berger- Neustädter
Peter Rhomberg
Uli Zumtobel


Kunstraum Dornbirn was founded in 1987 as a private non-profit organization with its main seat in Dornbirn. Originally the founders of the organization pledged themselves to the promotion of art as a spiritual dimension of our society and our life. Art as a mean of education influenced the programme and activity of the group.  

Parallel to this, the exhibiting of contemporary art became the central activity of the organization until it became the exclusive, main activity. With the possiblity of working with the historical assembly hall of the old Rüschwerke company, Kunstraum Dornbirn established themselves in 2004 as leading institution for international, contemporary art in Dornbirn.   

Still today, as it was originally founded, Kunstraum Dornbirn remains a private non-profit organization, which is maily supported by the municipality of Dornbirn, as well as the province of Vorarlberg and the Republic of Austria. 



Dr. Ekkehard Bechtold (President)
Mag. Thomas Häusle (Director)
Dr. Herta Pümpel (Curator, Distribution, Public Sector)
Patricia Janisch (Office)