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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 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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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 VIENNA 1900

Design/Arts and Crafts 1890–1938
MAK / Guide published on the occasion of the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection VIENNA 1900. Design / Arts and Crafts 1890-1938 (18.9.2013). German/English, 224 pages, 100 color illustrations, 24 x 12,5 cm, paperback, MAK Vienna / Prestel Verlag, 2013
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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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Fogo Island Dialogues:

Culture as Destination
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MAK Columned Main Hall

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100 Best Posters 10

Germany Austria Switzerland
Published for the Exhibition 2x 100 Best Posters at the MAK (30.11.2011–15.1.2012), MAK Vienna.
German/English, Design by L2M3, 217 pages, ca. 220 colored illustrations, 21 x 24 cm, Verlag Hermann Schmidt, Mainz 2011
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MAK Lecture Series CHANGING ARCHITECTURE

Kazuyo Sejima / SANAA

Architecture and Environment
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Performativity

Marlies Wirth, Curator MAK NITE Lab
The notion of performativity shifts the focus to the activities of producing and making as well as to those actions, exchange processes, changes, and dynamics that define actors and cultural events. What is in the center therefore is not so much objects, monuments or artworks considered as representing a culture or a cultural self-image, but rather the dynamic processes of making and using them.
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