special exhibition



21 October 2017—26 May 2018





In keeping with a quote from the famous architect Le Corbusier stating that light and shade reveal the form, this year’s Werkraumschau is presenting products from various workshops of the Werkraum Bregenzerwald in a scenario of spotlights. The Werkraumhaus, designed by Swiss architect Peter Zumthor as a multi-functional building, becomes the stage and the handicrafts the actors in a continually changing play of daylight and artificial light. Stage floodlights generate an immaterial and atmospheric architecture of light, mount the objects in the space, infuse life into their surfaces and forms, and trace a graphical shadowplay on the floor of the building.


We cannot imagine everyday life without light but devote little attention to its phenomena and qualities. Good lighting design makes an essential contribution to our feeling of well-being and can sculpt spaces and furnishings. Visitors are invited to sharpen their own perception at entertaining interactive stations, to test qualities of light and acquire practical knowledge for themselves: how is light output evaluated? What effects does the light temperature have? How can we make things disappear with coloured light?


The Werkraumschau is the annual exhibition platform for Werkraum members. The renowned graphics and communication bureau Atelier Gassner based in Vorarlberg was invited to design a thematic and scenographic presentation of the collectively established “shop window” that extends throughout the Bregenz Forest.


For our English-speaking visitors translated exhibition texts are available at the reception.


Exhibition concept and design

Reinhard Gassner, Andrea Gassner / Atelier Gassner



Children’s Lighting Workshops

The exhibition also provides a setting for smaller visitors to experience light. They explore the show and then experiment. For children aged 6 and over (or younger if accompanied).


Registration: info@werkraum.at,  limited number of participants

Fee to cover costs: € 5



An exhibition of Werkraum Bregenzerwald in cooperation with Kongresskultur Bregenz and the media partner Vorarlberger Nachrichten.