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The MAK Permanent Collection

150 Years of the MAK
Redesign of the MAK Permanent Collection

> Reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection Carpets, since 9 April 2014
> Reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection ASIA. China - Japan - Korea, since 19 February 2014


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 will reopen on 20 November 2012 as a permanent presentation of “Viennese Arts and Crafts 1890–1938.”

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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Permanent Collection ASIA

China – Japan – Korea
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.
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Permanent Collection Empire Style Biedermeier

Artistic intervention: Jenny Holzer
Besides brilliant achievements in the arts and crafts production in Austria in the nineteenth century, the Empire and Biedermeier Collection on permanent display shows the creative and material versatility of an epoch marked by cultural, social and economic upheavals in the wake of the industrial revolution.
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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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Permanent Collection Historicism Art Nouveau

Artistic intervention: Barbara Bloom
The Historicism and Art Nouveau Collection on permanent display includes an overview of a hundred years of Thonet furniture production. These and other timeless items of bent wood furniture manifest a creative approach that ingeniously exploits the properties of the material and points to new ways ahead for seating furniture.
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Permanent Collection Baroque Rococo Classicism

Artistic intervention: Donald Judd
With a unique artistic intervention Donald Judd managed to blend the different stylistic worlds of the Baroque, Rococo, Classicism and Minimalism. Taking on a central position here is the Porcelain Chamber from the Palais Dubsky in Brno, one of the first rooms ever designed in European porcelain.
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Permanent Collection Renaissance Baroque Rococo

Artistic intervention: Franz Graf
The joint arrangement of precious glasses with valuable needle and bobbin lace in the MAK Renaissance Baroque Rococo Collection on permanent display not only complies with aspects of art history, but also places these delicate materials in a visual-sensuous dialogue with each other that enhances and accentuates their aesthetic effect with striking clarity.
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Permanent Collection Vienna 1900

Design/Arts and Crafts 1890–1938
This presentation’s thematic core is the multifarious struggle to arrive at an Austrian, modern, bourgeois, and democratic style. Today, this chapter of design and arts and crafts history—subsumed under the terms of Secessionism and Jugendstil—serves like no other to underpin Austrian identity.
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Halls of the Permanent Collection 1993-2012/2013

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Permanent Collection Contemporary Art

Designing artist: Peter Noever
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Permanent Collection Asia

Design: Peter Noever
Making centuries of cultural transfer between Asia and Europe traceable through a line-up of exemplary exhibits from the MAK collection is the goal that informs the reinstallation of the MAK Permanent Collection Asia.
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Wiener Werkstätte

Permanent Collection / Designing artist: Heimo Zobernig
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Permanent Collection 20th/21st Century Architecture

Designing artist: Manfred Wakolbinger
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Permanent Collection Orient

Artistic internvention: GANGART
The MAK Orient Collection on permanent display includes a display of precious knotted carpets. The most valuable pieces originally came from the Austrian Imperial House, while the remaining holdings came from the Oriental Museum or were purchased for the Museum für Kunst und Industrie (Museum of Art and Industry).
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Permanent Collection Art Nouveau Art Deco

Designing artists: Eichinger oder Knechtl
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Permanent Collection Romanesque Gothic Renaissance

Artistic intervention: Günther Förg
The MAK Romanesque Gothic Renaissance Collection on permanent display reflects the often long-term survival of stylistic characteristics in the decorative arts. A special highlight here is the most ancient set of medieval liturgical vestments to have been preserved in its entirety.
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Publications

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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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Publications

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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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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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Publications

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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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EOOS. The Cooked Kitchen

A Poetical Analysis
English
168 Pages, 44 Abbildungen
Hardcover
SpringerViennaNewYork 2008
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Gustav Klimt: Expectation and Fulfillment

Cartoons for the Mosaic Frieze at Stoclet House
Published for the exhibition of the same title (21.3.¬¬–15.7.2012)
German/English
136 pages, numerous colored illustrations
21 x 26 cm, paperback
Three fold-outs
MAK Vienna / Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern-Ruit, 2012
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MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles

The MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles, founded in 1994, is a contemporary, experimental, multi-disciplinary center for art and architecture and is based today in three of the most important houses by the Austrian-American architect Rudolph M. Schindler. The core of the programming includes the internationally sought-after MAK Artists and Architects-in-Residence Program, an annual residency program for emerging international artists and architects.
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Ceramics Collection

Curator: Rainald Franz
With representative holdings of ceramics from Austrian production from the sixteenth century until today, unique groups of objects such as the legacy of the Wiener Porzellanmanufactur (Vienna Porcelain Manufactory) and the extensive collection of tiled stoves, hafner ware, and majolica of the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. The MAK’s Ceramics Collection is one of the foremost collections of its type in the world.
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