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The MAK Permanent Collection

The MAK’s renovation in 1986 went hand in hand with the development of new strategies for presenting the museum’s extensive collection. The project of redoing the permanent collection made it possible to present preservation-worthy items in an incomparable and exemplary interplay between artistic heritage and contemporary interventions by artists including Barbara Bloom, eichinger oder knechtl, Günther Förg, Gangart, Franz Graf, Jenny Holzer, Donald Judd, Peter Noever, Manfred Wakolbinger, and Heimo Zobernig.


The various spaces of the Permanent Collection were organized in a chronological fashion, with the individual collection items arranged to produce congenial ensembles of outstanding works rather than a dense, serial presentation. The participating artists, whose interventions were developed via a process of intense collaboration with the MAK’s respective collection heads, arrived at highly diverse approaches and solutions.

With the directorship of Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, the Permanent Collection is to embark on a process of continual change, building on the established concept of contemporary transformation by artists working in the present. As a first step, the Wiener Werkstätte, Art Nouveau Art Deco and 20th/21st Century Architecture sections were closed in mid-July 2012; these reopened on 18 September 2013 as a permanent presentation of VIENNA 1900. Design / Arts and Crafts 1890–1938. After the reinstallation the Permanent Collection ASIA. China - Japan - Korea opened on 19 February 2014 and the Permanent Collection Carpets on 9 April 2014.

In contrast to the previous approach, these spaces will be reconceived as a dynamic display collection in which each periodic re-design of individual areas is to be accompanied by rotation of the objects on exhibit.

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MAK/Guide ASIA

China – Japan – Korea
MAK/Guide ASIA. China – Japan – Korea published on the occasion of the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection Asia (19.2.2014). German/English, 200 pages, appr. 100 color illustrations, 24 x 12,5 cm, paperback, Vienna / Munich–London–New York: MAK / Prestel Verlag, 2014
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GOTTFRIED SEMPER. The Ideal Museum

Practical Art in Metals and Hard Materials
MAK Studies 8
English
288 pages, 50 illustrations, 18 full colored illustrations
34,5 x 21,5 cm, hardbound
MAK, Vienna / Schlebrügge.Editor Vienna 2007
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20/21

MAK Collection of Contemporary Art
MAK Studies 15
German/English
244 Pages, numerous colored illustrations
20 x 32 cm
2008 MAK Vienna / Verlag für Moderne Kunst, Nürnberg
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MAK/Guide CARPETS

MAK/Guide CARPETS published on the occasion of the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection Carpets. German/English, 192 pages, appr. 100 color illustrations, 24 x 12,5 cm, paperback, Vienna / Munich–London–New York: MAK / Prestel Verlag, 2014
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Permanent Collection Carpets

Artistic intervention: Füsun Onur
The MAK Carpet Collection is one of the most famous in the world. These unique pieces from the 16th and 17th centuries feature an incomparable variety of patterns and colors, materials, and techniques.
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INDUSTRIAL FURNITUR

Prototypes of the Modern Era
Published for the exhibition of the same title (25.5.-30.10.2011)
MAK Studies 20
German/English
128 pages, 230 illustrations
MAK Vienna / Verlag für moderne Kunst Nürnberg, 2011
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JOSEPH BINDER

VIENNA–NEW YORK
Published for the exhibition of the same title (26.9.2001–10.3.2002)
MAK Studies 1
German/English
148 pages, 85 illustrations
12,5 x 24 cm, paperback
MAK, Vienna 2002
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JOSEF HOFFMANN - Autobiography

144 pages
16,5 x 23,5 cm, paperback
German/English edition:
MAK Vienna/ Mährische Galerie Brno/ Hatje Cantz Verlag Ostfildern-Ruit, 2009
Czech/German edition:
MAK Vienna/ Mährische Galerie Brno 2009
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