Klagenfurt reconciles nature and football

Klagenfurt, the capital city of Carinthia, is well known for its nature thanks to its proximity to the Wörthersee Lake. But now nature will also come into… a stadium. Austria’s largest temporary art event is turning Klagenfurt’s Wörthersee Stadium into a forest, inspired by local artist Max Peintner. His painting “The unbroken attraction of nature”, created in 1970/71, shows a huge stadium against the backdrop of a modern metropolis and smoking chimneys. Tens of thousands of people look at the playing eld – not to watch a football match, but to admire a forest.

Peitner’s work under the title “Six Contributions to the Future: Critique of Technology and Civilisation under the Cloak of Utopia” was visionary in its warning about the environment, at a time when dying forests and pollution were totally ignored.

In September and October 2019, a mixed forest made of 200, 14-metre tall trees will cover the entire playing eld. The monumental art project which references the painting is being staged by Littmann Kulturprojekte from Base. The installation takes the forest out of its natural context, and presents it as a showpiece in the football arena. Nature lovers will even be able to sponsor a tree!

Hall 17 / Stand 103