The Kunsthaus Bregenz is considered one of the most important art institutions in the world. Its widely respected architectural design by Peter Zumthor marks it as one of the most important museum buildings on an international scale. In 2017, the KUB will celebrate its 20-year anniversary.

The exhibition celebrating the anniversary of KUB is dedicated to Peter Zumthor (* 1943 in Basel, Switzerland), the architect who designed the building.

The very first visit to Peter Zumthor’s house formed the inspiration for the KUB anniversary exhibition. The architect who was awarded the Pritzker Price for his life achievements, has built himself a residence and studio in a secluded corner of the medieval part of Haldenstein. It consists of a work wing and a residential wing that surround the tree-lined courtyard. Currently, the planted island functions like an indoor space – bright like KUB’s skylight halls and thickly vegetated like a flourishing garden. The residential wing’s interior is littered with carpets, shelves, records, pictures and books, plants and exotic items. This mix of things creates a very special atmosphere, one that is enriched by art and nature. Those walking through this house inevitably sense the learnedness, culture and trove of experience that run through all its veins. In his lectures, Zumthor often talks about this place. For him, architecture is more than just building and space is more than the room created by four walls. Instead, it’s a space for intellectual atmospheres, ambience, colouring and a creative environment.

Besides Therme Vals (1996), Werkraum Bregenzerwald (2013), Kunsthaus Bregenz (1997), his most famous buildings include the Kolumba Art museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne (2007) and the temporary pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery in London (2011). For this pavilion, Zumthor once again took up the idea of A garden within a garden, the design theme of a Hortus Conclusus, an enclosed garden.

Zumthors Welt – a reference to Sofies Welt (1991) by Jostein Gaarder – will be the name of an exhibition curated by Peter Zumthor himself.


  • Peter Zumthor: Zumthors Welt 16.09.2017 - 07.01.2018

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  • Simon Fujiwara 21.04.2017 - 07.01.2018

Included services:

  • Admission to the Kunsthaus Bregenz

Destination station: Bregenz

Price overview

von 01.01.17 - 31.12.17 ÖBB Plus-offer Local price
Adult € 8,10 € 9,-

Children and Adolescents up to the age of 19 are free