The MAK Study Collection

150 Years of the MAK
Redesign of the MAK Study Collection

The MAK Study Collection has been closed for reconstruction work. It will reopen as the MAK DESIGN LAB from 13 May 2014.

With the MAK’s renovation in 1986 and the associated development of new strategies for presenting the museum’s holdings, the MAK Permanent Collection—conceived to present the museum’s collection highlights in interplay with artistic interventions—was joined by the MAK Study Collection.

In the Study Collection, the MAK shows a small cross-section of its extensive holdings according to a material and technology-specific form of organization to which the respective collection curators’ specializations correspond. In this area of the museum, the items on exhibit are also embedded within their typological, historical and/or functional contexts. The presentation of objects in a system of display cases with a uniform appearance across the entire range of holdings serves to underline the Study Collection’s specific character and allow clear visual access to the greatest possible number of objects. This mode of presentation is meant to encourage visitors to compare the various items on exhibit.

With the directorship of Christoph Thun-Hohenstein, the Study Collection is to be developed further into a new kind of place for informal learning, with the numerous objects—placed on display either individually or in groups at regular periodic intervals within the context of new exhibiting formats—amounting to an overall presentation that is innovative in terms of both content and design.
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The Frankfurt Kitchen

Curator: Sebastian Hackenschmidt
Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky’s compact design for the Frankfurt Kitchen, the archetype of the modern kitchen, is impressive above all for its rational simplicity and streamlining of work processes. An exact reproduction of the seminal Frankfurt Kitchen of 1926 produced in collaboration with the famous architect is on permanent display in the Study Collection.
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Ceramics Study Collection

Curator: Rainald Franz, curator, Glass and Ceramics Collection
The main focus of the Study Collection Ceramics comprises objects of Viennese porcelain manufacturing (1718–1864). Furthermore, artist’s ceramics of the Viennese Art Nouveau as well as ceramic works from Vienna and the former Crown Lands invite visitors to explore the diversity of the MAK Ceramics Collection.
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Textiles Study Collection

Curator: Barbara Karl
Since 1993, the Textiles Study Collection has been mounting temporary exhibitions showing various parts of the collection in order to present the wide diversity of the MAK’s textile holdings.
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Metal Study Collection

Curator: Elisabeth Schmuttermeier
Visitors can realise just how diverse the Metal Collection is by viewing the presentation of the objects in the Study Collection Metal, which is arranged according to types. Candleholders, beakers, pots and jugs, bowls and dishes illustrate their stages of stylistic and functional development. Moreover, since 1993 the great variety of the metal collection has been presented in the form of alternating, temporary exhibitions, which also frequently include contemporary jewellery design.
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Works on Paper Room

Curator: Kathrin Pokorny-Nagel
The Works on Paper Room is devoted exclusively to graphic art. This space features a multifunctional system of tracks holding mobile frames that can be converted to display cases as needed. Thematically, the material presented here encompasses commercial graphic art in the broadest sense. The diversity of the exhibition programming, which covers a range of topics including posters, hand drawings, Japanese woodcuts, individual artists’ stances, artists’ books and architectural projects, testifies to the underlying collection’s multilayered character.
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Study Collection Seating Furniture

Curator: Sebastian Hackenschmidt
This display draws on the MAK’s extensive Furniture Collection to present a diverse typology of seating furniture. As a both visually appealing and didactic compilation covering numerous eras and styles, it also serves to shed light on the constantly changing, socially coded ways in which human beings deal with objects.
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Glass Study Collection

Curator: Rainald Franz, curator, Glass and Ceramics Collection
The Glass Study Collection shows the multiplicity of forms and diversity of colors to be found in glass objects. Changing exhibitions offer an overview of significant phases of the history of European glass production.
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The MAK¹s comprehensive holdings of applied and contemporary art
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The History of the MAK Collection - from the Imperial Royal Austrian Museum of Art and Industry to today’s MAK
The MAK is home to an unparalleled collection of applied arts, design, architecture, and contemporary art which has developed in the course of almost 150 years.
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