The first ever biennial in Lindau is not meant to be the only one, but a prelude. For the premiere, more than 20 young, contemporary artists will deal with our earthly ideas of “paradise”.

A Biennale for Lindau

It has not been an easy road to the Lindau Biennale. In 2021, the first edition was to invite both guests and locals to “(re)discover and help shape places” by means of art in Lindau’s public space, according to the concept.

With IN SITU PARADISE, nothing less than the question of paradise is at stake, a “Garden of Eden” that is already etymologically delimited from the here and now. Paradise – a place beyond the world.

More space for anticipation

These were questions that the creatives wanted to address last year with their works in public space. But the situation during the pandemic demanded a rethink on the part of those responsible. It was quickly agreed with all those involved that the biennial would be postponed for a year.

For the artistic director, Sophie-Charlotte Bombeck, this was a valuable opportunity: “We were able to use 2021 to provide a preview of what we can all look forward to. In addition, we invested the time gained to make the artists even more familiar with Lindau and, at the same time, to bring Lindauers a bit closer to their Biennale.”

So once again – and a little longer than planned – the anticipation remained perhaps the most beautiful joy. But now it is simply time: “You can feel how great people’s longing and need for art and culture is,” says head of the cultural office Alexander Warmbrunn. This longing is now finally to be satisfied: From May to September 2022, the Lindau Biennale will present fixed installations in public spaces as well as artistic actions and performances, interventions and happenings.

The concept


In terms of art, IN SITU means dealing with the place “in itself”, but also with resources and the economy in urban space. Central elements of this art form are the blasting – or at least thematization – of boundaries and the anchoring of the work in the place.


According to religious ideas, paradise describes a place beyond the world, where people lived at the beginning of their existence, but from which they were then banished. Only a rich life – and death, of course – grant access again, so the hope. Until then, paradise is a place of seclusion, whose meaning is to be found outside our world.


With the idea of an “in situ” paradise in mind, artists at the Biennale present works that relate to our perception of a place and to our ideas and strategies about public space. In this way, the location of the Biennale, the Lindau Island, becomes a “thinking space” for the examination of our ideas of paradise.

Biennale enjoy

The artists’ “paradise gardens”, their sculptures and installations, will be on display at various locations in, around and on Lindau Island.


Performances, happenings and interventions turn the island into an action space for joint projects of the artists with the citizens and visitors.


Interdisciplinary symposium as part of the Biennale: seeing and interpreting art and science in different disciplines.


An interactive map accompanies you to the artworks, provides information about the artists and exhibition venues, and of course up-to-date tips on the events: The free app “Biennale Lindau”.


A hybrid catalog about the program and the results: In addition to documenting the exhibition, the publication will include contributions and essays from science, art, philosophy, religion, politics and society, as well as works produced especially for the print edition.

"Preview Tour" to the 1st Biennale

We close our eyes and walk across the Lindau Island completely in thought. What we can only imagine for our preview will actually be experienced at the Biennale.

  • Camill von Egloffstein promises us a “Garden of Delights” – in the historic interior of St. Peter’s Church in Lindau!
  • In contrast, Felix Rodewalt & Thilan Stiller are focusing on street art with “Kunst am Bau“.
  • With Jaemin Lee and his work “T A L” we see birdhouses and nesting boxes, for the flora and fauna of the Lindau Tuscany Park.
  • Julia Klemm instead takes on the famous, stone Bavarian Lion at the Lindau harbor.
  • A completely different theme: Maria Anwander sees her “Dancefloor” as a public dance floor.
  • Or would you prefer more light in the dark of night? For their “Avenue of Light“, Pfeifer & Kreutzer set 32 lanterns along the railroad crossing in Lindau
  • Toshihiko Mitsuya must also be a magician, the way he creates his sculptures out of aluminum foil – a garden with more than 90 different plants

Biennale-FAQ The most important at a glance

From May to September 2022.

In May, the works will be built partly participatory, that is, you can meet the artists and participate together in the creation of the works. Info about this can be found on the homepage and in the app.

The exhibition in public space is free of charge and can be experienced 24/7. The supporting program offers varied events and performances starting in June. All information can be found at

At any time via augmented reality via the app. All other offers on site can be booked via the website.

Let’s start at the “direction paradise”, Martin Pfeifle’s installation at the bus station on the island.

Yes, the Biennale is basically barrier-free accessible, as the artworks are exhibited in public space. For barrier-free locomotion on the Lindau Island you can find more information here.