150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna

Fri, 15.12.2017–Sun, 15.04.2018

MAK Exhibition Hall

A cooperation of the University of Applied Arts Vienna and the MAK.

In 1867 the School of Arts and Crafts was established at the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry (today’s MAK) to enable Austrian arts and crafts to compete internationally. This school is the antecedent institution of today’s University of Applied Arts Vienna, which is now celebrating its 150th anniversary.

This time span is the topic of the first part of the jubilee exhibition at the MAK (lower Exhibition Hall). While short texts highlight the vicissitudes of the Angewandte’s history, around 400 exhibition objects offer insight into the developments it begat and begets. The presentation shows objects from the University’s own collections, supplemented by works from the MAK’s holdings and individual items on loan, as well as a number of documents from classes. Thousands of biographies have become associated with the Angewandte through teaching or studies in the meantime, among them “stars” of art, design, and the history of architecture, as well as names that are not yet well known.

For their exhibition design, BWM Architects chose an encyclopedic arrangement of the topical points, which leads to unexpected juxtapositions. The evolution of the curriculum is depicted in an expansive genealogy in the central Exhibition Hall. In addition, numerous Angewandte departments have provided up-to-date videos to convey a sense of contemporary education, showcase student projects, and give a glimpse into life at the Angewandte.

The second part of the jubilee exhibition (upper MAK Exhibition Hall) outlines theses for the future and advocates for a reorientation of education, art, and society. Three chapters—Social Turn, Technological Turn, and Cultural Turn—aggregate and present trends in thematic complexes. The exhibition focuses on the latest pioneering research in addition to contemporary artistic positions, and concludes in a virtual installation showing ideas and visions for the future.

“Future is there, where we ourselves strive towards it,” says curator Peter Weibel. In keeping with this notion, the curatorial team has created an interactive exhibition experience with its contribution to “Aesthetics of Change.” Virgil Widrich and Stefan Unger from checkpointmedia and Pia Scharler and Gerhard Jordan from getusedtoit reinforce this aim with a striking design concept: They deconstruct the exhibition space in order to transform it through an interplay of light and dark, and in this way skillfully set the scene. The focus is not on demolition and decay, but on decampment and upheaval. The spotlight is on the new; old structures dissolve in the darkness. Spatial elements like columns and beams reappear in altered form, so that visitors can conquer them. This combination of ruins and enchanted forest allows the search for and redefinition of the future to commence.

Curators: Peter Weibel, Director, ZKM | Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, and professor emer., University of Applied Arts Vienna; Gerald Bast, President, University of Applied Arts Vienna; Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Curator, MAK Metal Collection and Wiener Werkstätte Archive; Patrick Werkner, Cultural Historian, professor at the University of Applied Arts Vienna

The exhibition will be accompanied by the brochure AESTHETICS OF CHANGE: 150 Years of the University of Applied Arts Vienna. Edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, Gerald Bast, Elisabeth Schmuttermeier, Peter Weibel, Patrick Werkner. German/English, ca. 67 pages. Available at the MAK Ticket Desk and the MAK Design Shop for € 2.


Thu, 14.12.2017

special and (con)genial
A diverse program with discussion events and numerous tour formats accompanies the exhibition, especially also on Tuesday evenings!

Guided Tours

Guided Tour of the Exhibition
Every Sat 4 p.m. (1 h) and every Sun, 2 p.m. (1,5 h)

Special Thematic Tours on Tuesdays 
2.1., 16.1., 6.2., 13.2., 20.3., 3.4.2018, 7 p.m.

Curators in Conversation
Sat, 16.12.2017, 2 p.m.
Gerald Bast and Peter Weibel

Curator-Guided Tours 
Tue, 9.1.2018, 7 p.m.
with Patrick Werkner
Tue, 13.3.2018, 7 p.m.
with Elisabeth Schmuttermeier

Expert-Guided Tours 
Tue, 30.1.2018, 7 p.m.

with Heinz Adamek, former university director, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Tue, 27.2.2018, 7 p.m.
with Elisabeth Frottier, Director of the Costumes and Fashion Collection, University of Applied Arts Vienna
Tue, 27.3.2018, 7 p.m.
with Nikolaus Jantsch, Painting and Animated Film, University of Applied Arts Vienna

Dialogue Tour
Tue, 20.2. and 10.4.2018, 7 p.m.
with Gerald Bast, curator, and Janina Falkner, New Concepts for Learning, MAK
Wed, 17.01.2018, 3.00 pm
Wed, 21.02.2018, 3.00 pm
Guided tour through the exhibition followed by further discussion at the restaurant Salonplafond im MAK.  


A creative laboratory founded by the MAK that uses workshops, lectures, panel discussions, and other formats to generate interdisciplinary contributions towards a humane shaping and utilization of Digital Modernity.
Tue, 23.01.2018, 7.00 pm
Keynote (tba) followed by a panel discussion
Free admission
Tue, 06.03.2018, 7.00 pm
Keynote address by the Center for Political Beauty, Berlin, followed by a panel discussion.
Free admission
Sun, 15.04.2018, 2.00 pm
Finissage: LET’S TWIST
Performance and panel discussion on the topic What will be required of educational institutions of the future? How, what, and why do we want to learn in the future?

Program for Kids and Family

MAK Design Kids
Sat, 17.02.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 17.03.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 07.04.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Change, That's Us!
Workshop for 8- to 12-year-olds (unaccompanied)
Limited number of participants
Participation fee: € 8
Sat, 13.01.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 10.02.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 10.03.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
Sat, 14.04.2018, 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm
150 Years—Hitched, Pitched, Applied!
Workshop for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Attendance fee: € 4,50 per child 
Reduced admission for accompanying adults 
Sun, 18.03.2018, 11.00 am
150 Years Angewandte in 60 Minutes
Guided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)
Attendance fee: € 3,50 per child
Reduced admission of accompanying adults
MINI MAK Semesterferienspiel
Tue, 06.02.2018, 10.15 am - 12.30 pm
Wed, 07.02.2018, 10.15 am - 12.30 pm
Thu, 08.02.2018, 10.15 am - 12.30 pm
Fri, 09.02.2018, 10.15 am - 12.30 pm
HAPPY BIRTHDAY – 150 Years Angewandte
In cooperation with wienXtra
The University of Applied Arts Vienna is celebrating her birthday and to prove what a cool “great-grandmother” she is, she’s sharing over 400 works of art with us. She doesn’t want a party—instead she’s asked for you to become real artists yourselves: armed with pens, scissors, cardboard, sticky tape, and paper, we’ll set off on an exciting journey through the world of applied arts. Maybe we’ll even film a short birthday movie!

Workshop for children 6- to 13-years 
Fee for materials € 2.00 per child and day
reduced admission for accompanying adults

Opening Hours

Tue 10 a.m.–10 p.m.
Wed–Sun 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Mon closed
Free Admission on
Tuesdays 6–10 p.m.


€ 9,90 / reduced € 7,50
Free admission for children and teens under 19

Free Admission on
Tuesdays 6–10 p.m.
Family ticket € 13
(two adults and at least one minor child up to 14)

Vienna 1900-Combined Ticket
€ 17,90 / reduced € 14,50
valid for MAK and Leopold Museum

Guided Tours

MAK TOURS – every Saturday at 11 a.m. a tour through the MAK in German; every Sunday at noon in English.

Attendance fee: € 3,50 per person (1 hour),  € 5  per person (1,5 hours), except children up to 6 and holders of  “Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur-Pass”

Special and Group Tours

by advance booking
Gabriele Fabiankowitsch, Head of Educational Program and Guided Tours
T +43 1 711 36-298
(Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m.),


Multimedia Guide

for Vienna 1900, Asia, Carpets: € 2

Or download the app for free to your own tablet (iOS and Android)!

Barrier Free Access

Lift at the entrance at Weiskirchnerstraße 3, accessible toilets for disabled visitors.


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