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.