150 Years of the MAK
Redesign of the MAK Study CollectionThe MAK Study Collection has been closed for reconstruction work. It will reopen as the MAK Design Lab in May 2014.
With the MAKs renovation in 1986 and the associated development of new strategies for presenting the museums holdings, the MAK Permanent Collectionconceived to present the museums collection highlights in interplay with artistic interventionswas 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 Collections 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 objectsplaced on display either individually or in groups at regular periodic intervals within the context of new exhibiting formatsamounting to an overall presentation that is innovative in terms of both content and design.