BIG ART – stands for all art-related activities of BIG

BIG ART Kunst & Bau (Art & Architecture) stands for a synergetic dialogue between architects and notable artists from Austria and abroad under the aegis of the Bundesimmobiliengesellschaft (BIG). This dialogue involves the development, realisation and facilitation of permanent and temporary art projects in, around and on selected buildings belonging to BIG.
Kunst & Bau aims to enhance selected locations where many – primarily young – people study, work or learn. Some of these locations may be unexpected, but they are all outstanding in terms of architecture. The art is introduced into the construction process at the earliest possible stage, allowing it to evolve with the architecture, to take into account the functions in the building, and thereby be an integral part of an ensemble from the very beginning. BIG awards its Kunst & Bau projects through invited competitions.

In addition to the Kunst & Bau projects, BIG ART facilitates temporary art interventions in urban spaces, on construction site fences or scaffolding nets, in temporarily vacant buildings, in open spaces or on façades.

BIG ART also manages the extensive art portfolio that BIG adopted from the Republic of Austria in conjunction with the buildings. This portfolio includes numerous “art for architecture” works, most of which date back to the second half of the 20th century, as well as works and designs from the Baroque, Gothic, Historicist, Domestic Revival, interwar and Classical Modernist periods. All in all, there are thousands of works of art and artefacts of historical interest in BIG buildings throughout Austria.


Every year, the BIG ART team organises one to three (depending on the construction volume) Kunst & Bau competitions, supervises the winning projects during the realisation process, and mediates between artists and construction management.

BIG ART advisory board

The BIG ART advisory board was established in 2005 with the purpose of advising BIG on its artistic activities and ensuring that its engagement is of consistently high quality. The advisory board advises BIG on project selection, nominates artists for the competitions and serves as the basic selection committee for the Kunst & Bau competitions.


  • Marie-Therese Harnoncourt-Fuchs, architect
  • Katrin Hornek, artist
  • Claudia Märzendorfer, artist
  • Cornelia Offergeld (chairwoman), art historian and curator
  • Manfred Wakolbinger, artist

Former members:

  • Klaus-Jürgen Bauer, architect
  • Katharina Blaas, art historian and curator
  • Gregor Eichinger, architect
  • Eva Schlegel, artist
  • Nicole Six, artist