One Hundred Years of Design
Wed, 30.05.2001–Sun, 02.06.2002

The MAK has a remarkable collection of precious glass objects dating from between 1860 and 1960. A large part of these valuable holdings – Lötz, J. & L. Lobmeyr, Bohemian glass from 1905 to 1925, Italian glass from 1950 to 1960 – has already been shown in past exhibitions. But these did not offer an international survey. In this exhibition, the achievements of the century from 1860 to 1960 will be presented according to its various stylistic epochs, such as historicism, Art Nouveau, Art Déco, and the 1950s.

Curator Waltraud Neuwirth



Christmas Tree Decorations of the 20th Century
Sat, 01.12.2001–Sun, 30.12.2001

From time immemorial, Christmas tree decorations have been made from various materials. One of the most fragile is glass which is used for decorating Christmas trees in countless forms and techniques. The most famous decorations are glass beads – made in the region of Gablonz in Northern Bohemia – and large hollow bodies, such as globes, ‘reflectors’, birds, or relief pendants, which were painted, additionally adorned with glimmer and ballotini, or silver-plated.

The MAK exhibition presented a selection of glass Christmas tree decorations made in Austria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland in the past century.

Curator Waltraud Neuwirth



This by the Light of That ...
Wed, 19.09.2001–Sun, 10.02.2002

‘This by the Light of That …’, a joint project by New York artist Glen Seator and Toronto-based designer Bruce Mau, dealt with typography, language, and signage. Operating with different alphabets, several stacked neon sign constructions of different colors and configurations illuminated and elucidated the spaces of the Schindler House.

The exhibition was accompanied by an abstract promotional campaign throughout Los Angeles including 25 large scale billboards or other mass media print formats that use images of the sculptures in the house, but not make any direct reference to the show or the house, and thus reversed the context of advertising, corporate identity, and product placement.

Curator LouAnne Greenwald



Hubert Matthias Sanktjohanser
Wed, 12.09.2001–Sun, 17.02.2002

Hubert Matthias Sanktjohanser’s fundamental exploration of the relationship between furniture and space transcends the obvious. The focus is not on construction, material, or function. These are mere details of information allowing Sanktjohanser a definition of space. Not conditioning anything, these aspects emerge as explicit space.

By presenting a selection of works from 1996 to 2001, the MAK highlighted current tendencies of contemporary furniture design.

Curator Christian Witt-Dörring



Textiles from Europe and Asia
Wed, 10.10.2001–Sun, 24.03.2002
Since ancient times, Europe has been prone to the influence of textile materials, techniques and motifs from the Near and Far East. Many examples come to mind: the silk imported from China, the complex early medieval woven fabrics from Syria and Byzantium, or the carpets and rugs from the Orient. The MAK Textiles Collection presents European pieces from the Middle Ages to the present that document the interest in the "exotic" and the impact of East Asian and Oriental models.

Curator Angela Völker


Eastern and Western Enamel
Wed, 10.10.2001–Sun, 12.01.2003

Enamel was already widely used for ornamenting jewelry and precious commodities in the Classical world. By presenting religious and secular objects and pieces of jewelry in chronological order, the exhibition illustrates various enameling techniques of European, Islamic, and East Asian origins, documenting the spread of the art of enameling and its specific repertory of ornamental forms from the Eastern Mediterranean between the 12th and the 21st centuries.

Curator Elisabeth Schmuttermeier


Noever | Müller | Embacher: HEAVEN'S GIFT

A New Programmatic Strategy for the Presentation of Contemporary Art
Tue, 25.09.2001–Sun, 28.10.2001

With their project CAT (Contemporary Art Tower), the planning team Peter Noever/Sepp Müller/Michael Embacher have developed a substantial and constructional strategy that comes up to the complex requirements of today's artistic productions.

CAT suggests to adapt the Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark (1942–43) in Vienna, a memorial to never forget the Nazi regime and its war, to an international center for contemporary art where projects committed to genuinely modern issues can be realized. Jenny Holzer and James Turrell have already worked out artistic interventions for CAT.

Presenting an architectural model (on a scale of 1:50; concrete, acrylic, light), design sketches and realization plans, the exhibition in New York at the Max Protetch Gallery, 29 June to 28 July, 2000 and in Culver City, Gateway Warehouse, Los Angeles, 29 October to 17 December 2000, has introduced the project to the public.

In January and February 2002 the project CAT – Contemporary Art Tower will be presented at the Vitra Design Museum, Berlin. On June 4th, 2002, the exhibition will be opened in Vienna at the MAK Depot of Contemporary Art, Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark.

Afterwards the exhibition will be on show in Berlin and Vienna.


Shchusev State Museum of Architecture (MUAR)

Ulitsa Vozdvizhenka 5
Moscow 121019



Wed, 21.06.2000–Sun, 24.06.2001

Following the example of the South Kensington Museum, today's Victoria & Albert Museum, in London, the Austrian Imperial and Royal Museum for Art and Industry also built up its collections of models. As regards metalwork, the emphasis was on locks, fittings and mountings, hinges and clasps, keys, etc.

The items were assembled as models for people interested in the subject as well as for craftsmen. The presentation, which accompanies the exhibition "Art and Industry", will show a selection of items from the MAK's extensive metalwork collection that emphasizes its ornamental aspect and variety.

Curator Elisabeth Schmuttermeier



Drawing Trends for Fashion
Wed, 21.03.2001–Sun, 15.04.2001
Heidi Altimonti kommt aus dem textilen Designbereich und ist mit ihren wichtigsten Arbeiten seit 1991 im MAK-Design-Info-Pool vertreten. Mit dem Studienpreis der Domus Academy Milano wendet sie sich 1999 dem Schuhdesign – Objekt im Spannungsfeld zwischen Fetisch und Technik – zu. Durch den 1. Preis des International Contest Young Shoe Stylist 2000 "Walk and Fly" der FINPROJECT S.p.A. entsteht u. a. die Kooperation mit Walking Fashion Editore s.r.l, Milano. Diesem Verlag gilt auch unser besonderer Dank für die Stiftung der Trendbücher "Walking" #4 und #5 für die Designsammlung des MAK-Design-Info-Pool.

Die Präsentation im MAK zeigt Trendrecherchen und Prototypen für FINPROJECT, Dovetusai-Interiordesign und andere italienische Schuhdesigner.


Armani: Shopdesign
Wed, 18.04.2001–Sun, 13.05.2001




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Published for the exhibition of the same title (3.12.2003–22.2.2004)
190 pages, b/w and full colored illustrations
29,5 x 27,5 cm, hardbound
MAK, Vienna / Schlebrügge.Editor, Vienna 2003