In February 2014 the MAK Permanent Collection Asia was opened with a design concept jointly developed with the Japanese artist
Tadashi Kawamata. From the outset it was envisaged that Kawamata’s modular constructed room composition from 2014 would be
redesigned after roughly two years. In line with a revised spatial concept by Kawamata, the position of the vitrine modules
has been altered, and numerous objects from the MAK Asia Collection have been exchanged.Kawamata has “liberated” the artworks from their vitrines and opened up entirely new perspectives on the exhibits. The vitrines
he designed, which reach all the way to the ceiling and are made of unpolished wood, have been rearranged to create a new
experience of the space. Embedded in this new reinstallation, the curatorial view of the art and cultures of East Asia as
well as the influence of Asian art on Europe also changed from 10 May 2016.The Asia Collection of the MAK is one of the important collections in Europe of art and applied arts from the Asian region.
It has been compiled from public and private collections during a history lasting 150 years and offers a wide-ranging view
of the art history of Asia.The new installation of the MAK Permanent Collection Asia on the museum ground floor opens up new perspectives. “In Tadashi Kawamata the MAK has found the ideal artist for the newly conceived collection presentation. Ever since
taking part in the Biennale in Venice in 1982, Tadashi Kawamata has been one of the leading contemporary artists in Asia and
Europe. His works have an ephemeral character, thus are intensively related to place and time, subtly connecting the different
cultures. His installation Yusuke Nakahara's Cosmology for the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial in Japan in 2012 is a reinterpretation of an art critic’s comprehensive library
and inspired us to invite him to work with the MAK Asia Collection.” (Johannes Wieninger, Curator, Asia Collection) Kawamata’s ideas for the MAK Collection are based in concept on permanent change and the play of light and shade. Two large,
scaffold-like showcase blocks will house the exhibits from the collection, enabling diverse viewpoints based on this shared
“narrative through objects”. Kawamata will “envelop and embrace” the collection with his installation. Although seemingly
chaotic at first glance and placed in confrontation to the collection objects, the contrast is only superficial. Tadashi Kawamata
places the artworks in a context that keeps things moving, whether the act of observation or the observers themselves, for
he says: “My projects are never finished; it seems quite natural to me that something is never finished.”Artistic Concept and Design: Tadashi Kawamata Curator: Johannes Wieninger, Curator, MAK Asia Collection
MAK Permanent Collection Asia:
China – Japan – Korea
MAK Permanent Collection Asia
Artist's Talkwith Tadashi Kawamata (in English)Wed, 11 May 2016, 5 p.m.
Curator-guided Tourswith Johannes Wieninger, Curator, MAK Asia CollectionThu, 12. May 2016, 5 p.m.Tue, 24 May 2016, 6 p.m.
Panel DiscussionTue, 24 May 2016, 6:30 p.m., MAK FORUM
“The Locked-up Exhibit—the Locked-out Visitor”: Vitrines in modern-day museums
With Matthias Beitl (Director, Austrian Museum of Folk Life and Folk Art), Michael Embacher (Architect, Exhibition Designer),
Paulus Rainer (Curator, Kunstkammer & Schatzkammer, Kunsthistorisches Museum), Christian Schicklgruber (Deputy Director and
Chief Curator, Weltmuseum), and Johannes Wieninger (Curator, MAK Asia Collection)
MAK4FAMILYWorkshop for the whole family (ages 4 and older)Sat, 11 June 2016, 2–4 p.m.Fant-Asia—fantastic Asian paintingIn the new Asia gallery, everything was turned around and rearranged—we will go on a journey to discover celestial beings,
giant plates, and try to understand a bit of yin and yang. Using green, orange, and white, we will copy “the old masters”
on cardboard and paper. Perhaps some blue color will be used as well?Fee for materials: € 2 per childAdmission for accompanying adults: € 7,50
Please register: T +43 1 711 36-298,
MAK SENIORSWed, 15 June 2016, 3 p.m.Tour through the exhibition, followed by further discussion at the restaurant Salonplafond, total price € 15.Please register in advance: T +43 1 711 36-298,
MINI MAK TourGuided tour for the whole family (ages 4 and older)Sun, 20 November 2016, 11 a.m.Fant-Asia—fantastic Asian painting
PublicationThe MAK Permanent Collection ASIA is accompanied by the MAK/GUIDE ASIA. China – Japan – Korea, edited by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Johannes Wieninger, texts by Christoph Thun-Hohenstein and Johannes Wieninger, as
well as an interview with Tadashi Kawamata, German/English, 200 pages and appr. 100 color illustrations, Vienna / Munich–London–New
York: MAK / Prestel Verlag, 2014. Available at the MAK Design Shop
Silver for the MAK at the International Design & Communication Awards (Istanbul), 2015
The MAK scored with the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection ASIA. China – Japan – Korea >>>
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Guided ToursMAK 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, except children up to 6 and holders of “Hunger auf Kunst und Kultur-Pass”
Special and Group Toursby advance bookingGabriele Fabiankowitsch, Head of Educational Program and Guided ToursT +43 1 711 36-298(Mon–Fri 10 a.m.–4 p.m.),
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