Scientific research is a necessary prerequisite of curatorial practice and hence of the MAKs diverse exhibition activities. Its findings and insights provide the basis for a profound and always up-to-date engagement of, and with, the MAK Collection.
The MAK is a center of competence in art, art theory, and architecture and a research station of social awareness. Scientific research is not only prerequisite for profound curatorial work, exhibitions, and publications, but is also fundamental to a museums institutional identity and the understanding of cultural and intercultural connections and currents.
Internationally, the MAK Collection stands for the unique crossing over of applied art, design, architecture, and contemporary art. Aside from preserving and researching its comprehensive collection, the museums scholarly focus currently is on successively publishing the collection on the Worldwide Web, bringing public attention to objects which would otherwise not be publicly accessible. This is done by a staff of proven experts who crucially contribute to the MAKs international activities and reputation. The results of numerous, also externally funded research projects conducted at the museum lead to exhibitions and publications, putting the historical museum holdings in a contemporary perspective.
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
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).